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Europe publishes its first official monograph on the cannabis flower



Cannabis flower. Photo: Laura Ramos | Cannareporter

A European Pharmacopoeia Commission, held last June, revealed the first official monograph on the cannabis flower, marking a significant milestone in the field of pharmacology and healthcare on the European continent. This decision could revolutionize the landscape of herbal medicines in Europe, serving as a beacon of guidance for health authorities and companies in the cannabis industry. The official implementation of the monograph (which you can consult at the end of this article) is scheduled for July 1, 2024.

The adoption of this monograph on the cannabis flower is a testament to the evolution of the herbal medicine landscape. As a beacon of guidance, this document describes the fundamental specifications for herbal medicines, focusing particularly on the cannabis flower. What makes this development even more notable is its integration into the widely recognized European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Supplement 11.5, which is scheduled for publication in January 2024.

Browse the monograph: A Comprehensive Guide to the Cannabis Flower

This newly created monograph delves into the nuances of the cannabis flower, offering valuable information on the proper collection and processing of dried cannabis samples. Designed to be used in conjunction with the general monograph on herbal medicines, it not only provides cannabis-specific guidelines but also incorporates relevant requirements.

Empowering the medical community

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) is at the forefront of this transformative initiative. To disseminate knowledge and ensure seamless implementation, the organization plans to hold a webinar for its members on December 14, 2023. This webinar will serve as a platform to uncover the intricacies of the new monograph on the cannabis flower, empowering healthcare professionals with the latest information.

As the dust settles after the revelation of this pioneering document, the practical implications become evident. The official implementation of this monograph is scheduled for July 1, 2024. This deadline allows stakeholders, including healthcare providers and researchers, to prepare for the paradigm shift in prescribing practices and medical standards. plant based.

Addressing concerns: A holistic approach to patient safety

One of the main highlights of this monograph on cannabis flowers is its comprehensive approach to patient safety. Based on information from several national authorities, the monograph incorporates strict limits for substances such as arsenic, cadmium and lead. These limits serve as a safeguard, ensuring that herbal medicines prescribed to patients meet the highest standards of quality and safety.

The introduction of the cannabis flower monograph into the European Pharmacopoeia marks a decisive moment in the field of herbal medicine. Its integration into established pharmacopoeial standards means a new era of precision and excellence. As we eagerly anticipate its implementation in 2024, the medical community is poised to embrace this monumental shift, shaping the future of herbal medicine and patient care.

While the official version of the monograph is not published below, the informative version of it can be consulted, as well as the appendix that includes informative chromatograms.

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