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Peter Dunne reveals list of cannabis-based products

Hot on the heels of recent changes to the medical marijuana application process, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has now released a highly anticipated list of cannabis-based products. Which cannabis-based products are on the list? While it’s certainly good news that we’re starting to see more options for cannabis-based products in New Zealand, it’s important to note that this list is far from a free-for-all. In the interest of patient …

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Patients win with new medical marijuana law

Ministry of Health changes law for patients seeking medical marijuana New Zealand patients in need of medical cannabis no longer have to go through the laborious process of obtaining ministerial approval to get their medicine. As of today, the authority to approve applications for non-pharmaceutical grade medicinal cannabis products has shifted from the Minister to the Ministry of Health. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne explained the reasoning behind the changes. “When …

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CBGA – the critical compound to medically valuable cannabinoids

New CBGA research will help both patients and professionals in the medical industry. They now understand how certain cannabinoids are formed in the cannabis plant. This is helps answer why they offer medicinal benefits to patients suffering from cancer and other diseases. This research is important for the development of more effective cannabis based products. Users with an interest in medical cannabis will be familiar with the cannabinoids THC and CBD. …

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Groundbreaking NZ medical cannabis study set to help epilepsy patients

There’s no denying that New Zealand has been slow on the uptake when it comes to medicinal marijuana, but there are signs that this outdated attitude is slowly evolving. For example, Aotearoa is currently participating in a major medical cannabis trial that is investigating the effects and efficacy of a brand new cannabidiol-based gel for treating epileptic seizures. Read on to find out what the study’s all about. A quick …

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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 …