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    View attachment 23175 Cannabis is not approved as a medicine in Norway. Svein Berg to travel to the Netherlands to have discharged his or her medicine.

    Trondheim Governor Svein Berg shows adressa.no drug he bought. Pill boxes containing 60 grams of pure marijuana he has extracted from a pharmacy in the Netherlands.

    - First and foremost, this is important for me personally because it works and makes a difference in quality of life. Then it's about the right to decide over their own lives and their health, says Berg to adressa.no.

    Monthly trips to the Netherlands
    Berg suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and ADHD. He has tried several different drugs to suffering, but cannabis has been shown to best effect.

    Cannabis is not approved as a drug in Norway. It is also not different cannabis preparations as sprays, tablets or oil. Through the Schengen agreement, Norwegians, however, access to medications lawfully levied in the other member countries.

    Berg now travels regularly to the Netherlands to take medication he is discharged from his Dutch doctor. One month supply of 60 grams cost him in excess of 4000 million, plus travel expenses. The price he is willing to pay.

    - The drugs that are available in Norway to PTSD and ADHD have in most cases, severe side effects and have little proven efficacy over time. Ritalin is one such drug. A side effect is cardiac arrest and it is really just a nicer word for death, says Berg.

    Chief critical of the regulations
    Cannabis as medicine is a controversial issue in Norway. Several Norwegian doctors prescribe cannabis preparations to their patients on medical grounds, although it is not approved in the Norwegian market. Directorate of Health must approve the treatment, while a number of criteria must be met. In addition, the patient must pay for drugs.

    Chief Nils Olav Aanonsen at Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo is one of the doctors who have prescribed cannabis preparations to their patients. As a neurologist, he has prescribed drugs to people with severe pain and movement disorders.

    Aanonsen believes the Norwegian regulations on cannabis preparations are too strict.

    - This is disturbing. One of my patients had an extraordinary effect of the medication, but could ultimately not fund it. We tried to get it printed on the prescription, but was rejected from the social security authorities, said Aanonsen.

    He welcomes a new debate to approve cannabis preparations on the Norwegian market.

    - The Norwegian hospital we share out the several liters of morphine for pain every day, and it's far more addictive than cannabis, he said.

    Aanonsen estimates that about 500 Norwegians had need of cannabis preparations. He emphasizes that he does not want any release of cannabis in Norway.

    Seeing no intoxication of medicine
    Svein Berg takes his medication through a so-called vaporizer, a device that heats marijuana and releases the active substances in a vapor cloud.

    - The dose my vary, but on average I'm lying in about two grams a day, says Berg.

    - Do you drugs when you take your medicine?

    - Being intoxicated means to me not being able to take care of themselves. Cannabis has no such ruseffekt by experienced users. Seeing pink elephants are greatly exaggerated myth, he says.

    Berg is currently working to create a patient organization for people who want to be treated with cannabis.

    - I want the authorities to take responsibility so that a large group of people in Norway do not have to seek out an illegal market for assistance to the relief of chronic disorders. If we continue to be ignored, we will consider taking this to court. The documentation is on our side, says Berg.

    Cannabis is a generic term for material from the plant
    Cannabis sativa. The plant contains a wide variety of substances
    that have a common term cannabinoids.
    Different products are made from Cannabis sativa;
    marijuana, hashish and cannabis oil. They represent different
    processing degrees of plant material.
    Cannabis is listed on the drug list in Norway, and is the
    most commonly used drug.
    Cannabinoids (cannabis substances) in pill form or smoking
    cannabis in certain countries approved as part of treatment
    of a number of diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and mental
    No cannabis preparations are approved as drugs in
    Source: Public Health



    Picture Captions:
    1)Svein Berg gets prepared cannabis from their doctor in the Netherlands. He wants these cannabis preparations should be available in Norway. PHOTO: HÅVARD Haugseth JENSEN

    2)Svein Berg get marijuana in pure form prescribed as a medicine in the Netherlands. He believes Norwegian patients are often forced out on the illegal market to obtain medicine for chronic diseases. PHOTO: HÅVARD Haugseth JENSEN

    [color=GreenThis story was auto translated from Norwegian.[/B][/color]. If anyone speaks Norwegian and can add to the translation or clarify any mistakes please do.


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