MCANZ Press Release: Affordability needs addressing directly.

With the government's Medical Cannabis Scheme document out for consultation, Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ has undertaken an independent study of medicinal cannabis users. MCANZ, a charity which focuses on promoting access, supporting patients and providing education to the Medical profession, has received over 2,800 responses.Among the key interim findings is that one-third of medical users g...
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MCANZ Press Release: Battle lines are drawn as Medical Cannabis prescribing restrictions universally derided

With the release of the Medical Cannabis Consultation paper, the most immediate contentious issue is prescribing.The Ministry's preferred solution is for GPs to prescribe unconsented/off-label only with the support of a specialist. This conflicts with the fact that those that are vocationally registered as GPs are considered specialists in General Practice. Various groups have expressed oppo...
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MCANZ Press release: Significant delays in developing the Medical Cannabis scheme

Public consultation on Medicinal Cannabis is not due until some point in July after multiple delays in the scheduling. Early OIA  requests showed the initial date was planned for the 22nd April, putting the scheme 3 months behind, with 6 months to go.The Labour party election promise was to legalise within 100 days of assuming office, after assuming power, it vowed to Introduce legislation wit...
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MCANZ launches its first study of Medical Cannabis users in NZ.

An unprecedented research project to discover how and why New Zealanders are using cannabis medicinally has been launched today by Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand.The study, New Zealand Medicinal Cannabis Use Research Survey 2019, is an online survey of patients using cannabis for medical reasons based on Australia's Cannabis As Medicine Survey and has been designed in conjunction with ...
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Living (Well) with Menieres disease. Successfull self treatment with Cannabis.

- numbness increasing behind my ear -tinnitus intensifying -brain fog clouding in -sense of smell strengthening -dizziness nauseating -temperature rising -balance shifting -sweating profusely -surroundings moving *Meniere's attack imminent* Round and round and round goes the world you find a spot to focus on so it's not so massive Grab a door, fall to the floor or if yo...
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Using a Vaporiser for Medicinal Cannabis: What, Why and How

Vaporising cannabis is an important delivery method for many medicinal users. ‘Vaping’ is a quick and comparatively safe way to access the medicinal benefits of cannabis.This article will explore the main advantages to vaping, and then will address some key issues around how to choose a vaporiser out of the many options now on the market. Along the way we will look at some relevant questions s...
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The status of CBD in New Zealand

Late last year, Cannabidiol, or CBD for short was removed from the Misuse of Drugs Act as a schedule B drug.  This change had little practical changes for patients because Peter Dunne had removed a lot of Class Brequirements for CBD previously (he didn't seem to have authority to push through a full and proper descheduling). The key difference between CBD and other Cannabis products is tha...
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Synthetic Cannabinoid Activity Against Colorectal Cancer Cells

AbstractIntroduction: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and new therapeutic strategies are still required. Here we screened a synthetic cannabinoid library to identify compounds that uniformly reduce the viability of seven CRC cell lines.Material and Methods: Seven distinct CRC cell lines were treated with 10 μM cannabinoid compounds (from a...
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MCANZ Press release: Leaked email reveals World Health Organisation Recommends Rescheduling Cannabis

Late last year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) held the 41st meeting of the Expert Committee of Drug Dependence (ECDD). This was a historic meeting as it was the first review of Cannabis scheduling in international treaties since before the existence of the UN or WHO.After a delay in reporting the results due to suspected political pressure, an internal letter to the UN Secretary-Gene...
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