Updated on 13 June 2016
Singapore: Tilray, a global leader in medical cannabis research and production, has announced that the company has shipped precisely crafted medical cannabis products to Croatia to be dispensed to patients with prescriptions via pharmacies.
This marks the first time medical cannabis products containing the active compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are being legally imported into the European Union from North America for commercial medical use.
Tilray is supplying pharmacies around Croatia with orally administered medical cannabis products through a partnership with the Croatian Institute of Immunology, which will oversee distribution of Tilray products cultivated and processed at the company's federally licensed, state-of-the-art production facility in Canada.
Initially, two varieties of Tilray Liquid Capsules will be available in Croatia. One formulation contains 5.0 mg of THC and 5.0 mg of cannabidiol (CBD) per capsule. The other formulation contains 2.5 mg of THC and 2.0 mg of CBD per capsule. The inclusion of both primary cannabinoids ensures maximum therapeutic effect, reduces risk of adverse reactions and enables precise dosage and easy titration.
Professor Ognjen Brborović PhD MD, Chairman of Croatia's Committee for Medical Cannabis, welcomed the arrival of Tilray Liquid Capsules in Croatia. "It took eight months for the Committee for Medical Cannabis to deliver necessary documents needed to change Croatian legislation to get cannabis to Croatian patients. It took another eight months of diligent work with Tilray to secure all certificates and licenses needed to import and distribute cannabinoid preparations into the European Union from Canada and for actual production of the first batch of cannabis extract oil. I am glad that Croatia is the first EU country that will be able to assure patients first-class cannabis extract oil is available in pharmacies. I hope that patients in other EU countries will soon have the same opportunity," Dr Brborović said.