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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that New Zealand has been slow on the uptake when it comes to medicinal marijuana, but there are signs that this outdated attitude is slowly evolving.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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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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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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7 terpenes every cannabis connoisseur should be familiar with

It’s important to note that cannabis terpenes do much more than simply generate a funky scent. Due to the way they interact with the endocannabinoid system and neurotransmitters in the brain, there’s a growing body of research that suggests terpenes could have significant potential in medical applications. By manipulating terpenes, scientists may be able to develop strains of medicinal cannabis that are more effective than what is currently available.

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Could cannabis be used to treat psychosis?

Medicinal cannabis has been proven to be effective in alleviating a range of ailments, from chronic pain associated with cancer and HIV to the frequency of seizures in those living with epilepsy. While most of the medicinal benefits of cannabis are of a physiological nature, more research is coming to light that indicates it may also be a valuable tool for treating the psychological symptoms of schizophrenia. How many people …

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First-ever study of medical marijuana for PTSD gets the go ahead

The United States has historically taken an incredibly hard-nosed approach to cannabis. In fact, between 2001 and 2010, more than 7.2 million people were arrested for possession of marijuana, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. However, things are slowly changing. Medical cannabis is now legal in 24 states, which has paved the way for an increasing amount of research into the medicinal applications of marijuana. While much of the …