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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 …

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Ministry of Health provide more clarity on cannabis-based products

Changes in terminology may help the terminally ill The Ministry of Health made changes yesterday to the terminology they use in their descriptions of cannabis-based products. The changes also reach in to the applications themselves, in order to better reflect how applications for medicinal cannabis are assessed. Criteria simply becomes guidelines, but why? According to the Ministry of Health, the previously used term criteria has been replaced by guidelines to better reflect …

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Joint, bong, vape: Which best for your lung health?

While the negative health effects of cannabis might be minuscule compared with tobacco, inhaling smoke from any source is ultimately going to damage your lungs. Smoking medicinal cannabis, bong, joint or vaporiser? Opinion in the medical community is still divided over exactly how carcinogenic marijuana smoke is to the human body, but one thing is certain: Your method of consumption can have a big influence on the level of potential …

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Top 5 cannabis strains for pain relief

Treating pain using cannabis? There are three main types of marijuana: Sativa, indica and hybrid. While there are some similarities between them, each has a different effect and is therefore best suited to specific applications. Within these species, there’s a plethora of strains, each with their own appearance, flavour, potency, and mental and physical effects. If you’re a casual user, you might not be aware of the nuances of each …

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What is Sativex and why is it so expensive?

Sativex and the huge costs for kiwis Although the winds of change are slowly blowing in New Zealand’s direction, as it stands, all medical marijuana products are considered illegal. Well, almost all of them. Sativex, a mouth spray containing cannabis extract, is available to a very select group of people. Who can get a Sativex prescription? According to Medsafe, each spray of Sativex contains 2.7 mg of THC and 2.5 …

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Addiction – 3 most common cannabis withdrawal symptoms

Symptoms usually lead us to the use of medical cannabis, but it’s also wise ask… is cannabis addictive, and what are the withdrawal symptoms of stopping it’s use? Back in the Reefer Madness days, extensive propaganda led people to believe that cannabis was some satan-sent plant with an addiction potential that made heroin symptoms look downright harmless in comparison. A few decades later and most of New Zealand society knows …

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Nelson woman cleared of charges for importing medical cannabis

Late night online shopping is an expensive hobby that many of us take part in from time to time, but an increasing number of people are buying one type of product in particular – medicine. Around 58,000 medicines were referred to Medsafe, New Zealand’s Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, between 2006 and 2013, according to stuff.co.nz. Approximately 70 per cent of these imported medicines were destroyed or returned to …

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Shaman’s grave hides world’s oldest marijuana stash

The use of cannabis extends back millennia, with evidence indicating that ancient civilisations in Greece, Egypt and other parts of the world made use of medical marijuana to treat their ailments. However, few finds have been as impressive – or as historically important – as the enormous stash of cannabis uncovered in 2008 at the Yanghai Tombs near Turpan, a region in northwestern China. How much cannabis did the researchers …

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Importing medical cannabis to New Zealand

Planning a trip to New Zealand in the near future but aren’t sure whether you can bring your medical marijuana with you? This article is for you. We’ve put together all the information you need to help you make an informed decision about whether you should try and bring prescription cannabis into the country. Are you allowed to import medical cannabis into New Zealand? If you’re from a part of …