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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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Medicinal Cannabis—Potential Drug Interactions

Original article found hereMuhammad A. Alsherbiny 1,2,*  and Chun Guang Li 1,* 1 NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia2 Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo 11562, EgyptAbstract The endocannabinoids system (ECS) has garnered considerable interest as a potential therapeutic target in var...
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DIPG, Elyse Defying the odds.

Article by Casey Johnson, Mother to Elyse.Our daughter Elyse who is now four years old, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumour called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) on April 9th 2016 just over 2 years old.This tumor has a very low survival rate with less than 1% of its victims beating the odds. It predominantly affects children and most pass away within 3-9 mont...
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The Grass Might Be Greener: Medical Marijuana Patients Exhibit Altered Brain Activity and Improved Executive Function after 3 Months of Treatment.

AbstractThe vast majority of states have enacted full or partial medical marijuana (MMJ) programs, causing the number of patients seeking certification for MMJ use to increase dramatically in recent years. Despite increased use of MMJ across the nation, no studies thus far have examined the specific impact of MMJ on cognitive function and related brain activation. In the present study, MMJ pat...
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Medical cannabis policy released for NZ

 Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand is today releasing a health policy document which it wants government to enact into law.The policy contains elements of recent bills from Labour and Chloe Swarbrick, but is more detailed and fairer than both.The policy includes:• A compromise solution that permits patients to grow their own cannabis in limited circumstances when lice...
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An open Letter to the Political and Medical Profession.

Dear Politicians, Parliamentarians, Health Providers, Doctors and Nurses Approximately 5 years ago, at the age of 45, I was diagnosed with a rare, untreatable, incurable auto immune disease that was attacking my kidneys and I was told take these medications for pain relief, these medications to slow down the protein leaking into your system, and these pills to control your blood pressure and inje...
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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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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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