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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 …

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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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Helen Clark did not confront Peter Dunne on cannabis

The Cannabis Party publishing false claims Updated 10/06/16: Peter Dunne has responded and confirmed that The Cannabis Party published false information. According to the Minister the claims “are simply untrue & typical of the brain addled nonsense & lies this group peddles” @nzweed i have now seen these claims – they are simply untrue & typical of the brain addled nonsense & lies this group peddles — Peter Dunne (@PeterDunneMP) June …

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How much cannabis tax revenue is NZ missing out on? [Infographic]

Infographic showing Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenue for 2015 With very similar population sizes, Colorado is the ideal state in the USA to use as a benchmark for potential tax revenue a “marijuana tax” could net the New Zealand government. The state with a population of just over five million, was able to distribute approximately US$52 million to the health sector, US$38 million to education and a further US$9 million to local …

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Politician unveils cannabis crop in Victoria Australia

Politician Daniel Andrews unveils his medical cannabis crop in Australia In New Zealand’s antiquated anti-cannabis political landscape, it’s difficult to imagine a politician or anyone in power posting online about how their medical marijuana grow operation is progressing. Across the ditch in Australia, however, that’s exactly what happened earlier this month, when the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, proudly shared pictures of his medicinal cannabis crop on Facebook. Understanding Victoria’s …

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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 …