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Breaking: UK classify CBD oil as medicine

UK government pulls a total 180, classifies CBD oil as medicine The UK government has pulled a complete 180 on its previous anti medical marijuana stance, and is now acknowledging that cannabidiol (CBD) does indeed have valuable medicinal properties. Although this undoubtedly marks another important step forward in the global trend toward cannabis law reforms, the sudden shift in thinking is not without its problems. A mandated cessation of all …

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Can marijuana be used to treat ADHD?

Let’s preface this article by saying that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not a big pharma invention, nor is it simply a case of ‘kids being kids’. Just about every major health organisation in the world recognises ADHD as a legitimate psychiatric condition; the fact that the number of people with ADHD seems to have risen dramatically in recent years (in the U.S., for example, the prevalence of ADHD …

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Who gets more pain relief from smoking marijuana: men or women?

Both the psychoactive effects and potential medical uses of marijuana are fairly well known and supported, but relatively few studies have explored how cannabinoids affect men and women differently. Nevertheless, with medicinal cannabis gaining traction as a legitimate medicine in many parts of the world, we’re starting to see more research delve into this very topic – often with some very interesting results. How does cannabis affect men and women …

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NZ Institute of Economic Research recommends marijuana legalisation

In today’s bureaucratic system, where projected financial outcomes hold so much sway over political decisions, the economic advantages of regulating cannabis may prove to be the most influential factor when it comes to reforming marijuana laws in New Zealand. Many international markets – Colorado, Washington and Holland, to name but three – have shown that legalisation can result in huge tax boons, and now a local economic think tank has …

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Unofficial Treasury report finds NZ missing out on $150 million cannabis tax revenue

An unofficial report from the Treasury has recently come to light confirming what many marijuana proponents have thought for many a year now: Taxing cannabis could help the New Zealand government generate some serious tax revenue. How much revenue could NZ generate by taxing cannabis? In June 2016, Nelson lawyer Sue Grey lodged an Official Information Act request for any data pertaining to the economic impact of New Zealand’s anti-cannabis …

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THC in cannabis may have a role to play in developing Alzheimer’s cure

Could cannabinoids have a role to play in developing Alzheimer’s cure? Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, and accounts for around 50-70 per cent of all dementia cases. It is a progressive condition, with symptoms – including memory loss, confusion, spatial difficulties, obsessiveness, difficulty eating and more – steadily worsening over a number of years. The disease primarily affects people over the age of 65, though awareness …

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University of Canberra announces $1 million medical cannabis trial for skin cancer

On June 30, the University of Canberra (UC) announced plans to undertake a $1 million study into medicinal marijuana as a form of treatment for skin cancer. The two-year project will be run in collaboration with Cann Pharmaceutical, an international pharmaceutical company that will provide researchers not only with funding but also with access to medical-grade strains of cannabis. What is melanoma? Melanoma is typically (but not always) a skin …

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38- year NZ study finds cannabis linked to just one physical health problem

As more jurisdictions around the world move toward regulating their respective cannabis markets, the debate over the legalisation of medical marijuana in New Zealand is becoming more of a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’. Physicians, lawmakers and other influential figures in the healthcare sector must be aware of the relevant research in order to make an informed decision when it comes time to propose cannabis regulations. While it’s impossible …

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A look inside one of the largest medicinal cannabis companies in the world

The medicinal cannabis (marijuana) law reforms that are taking place in many parts of the world have opened the floodgates for a new wave of innovation. Backed by science and built on professional business models, a number of cannabis-oriented companies have come to prominence, providing patients within their jurisdictions access to a range of high-quality products. Such enterprises are bound by strict regulations, which serve to ensure the safety of …

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Cannabis Law reform, Auckland town hall

Dr Huhana Hickey speaks at Community CAN Start the conversation Huhana speaks about Sativex, the costs, unity and police harassment at the Community CAN start the conversation meeting held in Auckland on the 27th of June 2016 Cannabis Law Reform A meeting was held at the Auckland town hall on Monday the 27th June 2016, discussing Cannabis Law reform. The panel included Helen Kelly, Dr Huhana Hickey MNZM from the …