Doctors now able to prescribe cannabidiol

The mother of the first New Zealander to be granted an exemption to use medicinal cannabis says a decision to allow doctors to prescribe cannabidiol without Ministry of Health approval is a "great day for New Zealand medicine". The government is lifting restrictions on cannabidiol (CBD), a substance found in cannabis with potential therapeutic value and little or no psychoactive properties....
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The Costs of Cannabis – Food vs Pharmaceutical grade.

One of the key barriers to improved access to Cannabis Based Products in the current framework is cost.  Sativex, available on-label for MS, has less than 12 people using it in NZ for that purpose, out of a patient population of 3000+ where trials demonstrate that a little over 40% of medium to severe patients gain sustained clinical benefit, there are hundreds of patients with this one condit...
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Half of cancer patients using cannabis, say doctors

It's a highly charged issue, and when it comes to medicinal cannabis, New Zealand - like many countries - is grappling with what to do about it. Users have reported dramatic health benefits, and now some oncologists have told The Nation between 40 and 60 percent of their patients use it. And support for its decriminalisation is coming from some unlikely quarters - such as Grey Power. So r...
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Argentina Legalises Medical Marijuana, and it’s FREE for p …

The Argentinean Senate passed a bill legalising medical cannabis following Congress’s approval of the move late last year Certain patients will have free access to the medication Government agencies will be allowed to grow marijuana for research purposes “The oil means that Benja is free of the medications and seizures.” – Yamila Casagrande Argentina has joined the ranks of South...
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Government Confirms Medical Cannabis Change

                  By Isaac Davison Patients seeking medical cannabis for pain relief will no longer need approval from a minister, the Government confirmed this morning. As of today, the responsibility for approving applications has been delegated to the Ministry of Health. Associate Health Minister Peter ...
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Nelson lawyer Sue Grey takes government to High Court over c …

NINA HINDMARSH Last updated 07:49, January 21 2017 Sick New Zealanders might not need to jump through so many hoops to obtain some cannabis-based medicines if a Nelson lawyer wins her battle against the Government. Sue Grey says she has the backing of a leading government scientist who says CBD based medicines should not be restricted because CBD isn't covered under the Misuse of Drug...
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Why Germany just legalized medical marijuana

DPA/The Local news@thelocal.de Update: The German parliament (Bundestag) passed a law on Thursday that officially makes marijuana legal for medicinal purposes. Patients suffering from serious illness, such as multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, serious appetite loss or nausea from chemotherapy, will now be able to receive prescriptions from their doctors for medical marijuana. "Serio...
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Terminally ill man who grew cannabis for pain relief is sent …

Terminally ill man who grew cannabis for pain relief is sentenced in court HANNAH MCLEOD Last updated 18:11, January 10 2017 STEVE DIPAOLA/REUTERS Police found seven mature cannabis plants inside the terminally ill man's garage. Two men who grew cannabis for their own "medicinal" use have been sentenced in the Invercargill District Court. Daniel Joseph Butler, 60, and Paul Ja...
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Irish Toddler Back Home After Medical Cannabis becomes legal …

NEWS Irish toddler back home after medical cannabis becomes legal Friday 9th December 2016 By Lynne Kelleher Tristan is now back home Two-year-old Tristan Cahalane flew home at the weekend from a year of treatment for his severe epilepsy in the U.S. after making history by becoming the first person to be legally allowed medical cannabis in Ireland. The little Cork boy suffers...
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World-first clinical trial of cannabis for chemotherapy pati …

World-first clinical trial of cannabis for chemotherapy patients kicks off in NSW Kate Aubusson Published: December 5, 2016 - 5:09PM Lauren Hew knows she'll be fighting cancer until it wins. The 32-year-old mother of two was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma in 2014. After a year-and-a-half in remission the cancer came back. "It's heartbreaking, but the sad reality is this is not something...
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