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NewsHub: Multiple sclerosis sufferer gifted $1000 worth of medicinal cannabis

A multiple sclerosis sufferer has been gifted an extra month of medicinal cannabis treatment thanks to th e generosity of a young couple from central Otago. Peter and Ashleigh Brown spent more than a year battling for access to Sativex for their son, Riley, who was born with the rare congenital disorder Zellweger syndrome. Tragically, Riley died in April on the very day he was supposed to beg...
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Press Release: MC Guidelines review dissapointing.

Last Month Peter Dunne announced the results of the Ministry of Health review into the guidelines that assess applications for ministerial approval to prescribe cannabis-based products.MCANZ, and the patients we represent, find these proposed changes underwhelming, our particular points of concern being:lack in MC expert knowledge of persons consulted; reluctance of medical profession...
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Radio NZ: Calls for independent inquiry into medical cannabis

A review which left the rules for access to medical cannabis largely unchanged was 'biased', an open letter from advocates says.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne had Ministry officials and medical professionals look at guidelines used to assess applications for prescribing cannabis-based products.The review concluded there was a lack of data to support using the products....
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Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of a combination of cannabidiol and moringin in LPS-stimulated macrophages.

Abstract Inflammatory response plays an important role in the activation and progress of many debilitating diseases. Natural products, like cannabidiol, a constituent of Cannabis sativa, and moringin, an isothiocyanate obtained from myrosinase-mediated hydrolysis of the glucosinolate precursor glucomoringin present in Moringa oleifera seeds, are well known antioxidants also endowed with anti-infl...
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Press Release: Helen Kelly Backs Medical Cannabis Charity.

Yesterday Helen Kelly published a post supporting  other families needing access to Medical Cannabis,  including a supporting video of our #MC410 fundraiser, aiming to fundraise for Sativex for 10 Patients.MCANZ is grateful for the public endorsement from Helen Kelly, who is the only notable public figure tackling this issue from a genuine personal need. We hope in future that other public...
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I am still here, I am not getting worse, the big C cant have me!

Kia ora, my name is Rochelle Kupa and I have terminal cancer. My cancer is in my right lung, my liver and in some of my bones. I was diagnosed at the end of November 2014. In some ways it was a relief to find out what was wrong. For a long time now I have been a Secondary Teacher of English and Social Studies. So when I kept getting sick in 2013 and no real causes could be found, I put it d...
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Medical cannabis associated with decreased opiate medication use in retrospective cross-sectional survey of chronic pain patients

Abstract Opioids are commonly used to treat patients with chronic pain (CP), though there is little evidence that they are effective for long term CP treatment. Previous studies reported strong associations between passage of medical cannabis laws and decrease in opioid overdose statewide. Our aim was to examine whether using medical cannabis for CP changed individual patterns of opioid use. Usin...
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Rose Renton starts petition to counter ‘impossible criteria’ on medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Rose Renton has started a new petition calling on the government to make cannabis-based medications available in New Zealand without delay.The petition, which launches on Tuesday, urges "reform of the law to allow access to quality, affordable cannabis in New Zealand for medical use" and says current efforts to regulate access to pharmaceutical-grade cannabis prod...
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