You cannot get CBD oil on prescription in Ireland.
Although CBD oil is legal, CBD is not licensed for medical use. This means doctors cannot legally prescribe CBD.
However, CBD oil in Ireland is legal to sell over the counter as long as the product meets certain criteria.
CBD products in Ireland that claim to prevent, treat or cure medical illnesses are not allowed to be sold.
What do doctors know about CBD oil in Ireland?
Doctors in Ireland, to date, have not been trained in CBD or cannabis based medicines and receive mixed messages as to whether it is legal and safe.
What’s more doctors receive very little training on the endocannabinoid system, the entire bodily system which cannabis based products work directly on.
“Do you know about the endocannabinoid system and what medical conditions are associated with its dysfunction? If (they) cannot answer this question, they are not knowledgeable enough to comment on cannabis as medicine “
- Dr. Bonni Goldstein
This whole lack of education makes many doctors cautious and wary of CBD and unfortunately we believe, this situation is not going to change without more education.
How can I talk to my family doctor about CBD oil?
There has been huge research into CBD over the past several years. Most of the research has focused on CBD as a treatment for epilepsy but there are several clinical trials underway on lots of other areas.
There are several things we can do ourselves in order to help normalise CBD as an alternative option to doctors:
1. Encourage doctors to research CBD science.
Good educational CBD websites include resources like the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society in the UK, Project CBD or Leafly and often cover many of the topics we wish to discuss with our doctors.
CBD for inflammation (as alternative to steroids)
2. Educate doctors on CBD Safety
A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found CBD to be well tolerated with a good safety profile.
3. Ask doctors to look into the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Dys-regulation of our Endocannabinoid Eystem has been implicated in a variety of diseases and cannabis based medicines can help re-set it.
4. Discuss side effects and potential medication interactions in order to relieve any fears doctors may have.