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#MC410 Sativex for Paige

Paige was the first child in New Zealand to legally access a Cannabis Based product, in this case Sativex.  There was much media coverage at the time with the family featuring on Sunday, Newspapers etc.  She was only 11 years old when she started on Sativex, and she has been on it ever since.Paige is now 13 years old,  her initial diagnosis with Dravets syndrome was when she was just two y...
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Newshub: MCANZ Debut

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaYNVuOYCBUAn organisation looking to fundraise for New Zealand's medical cannabis users has become a registered charity. Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand (MCANZ) launched this week with the goals of raising awareness and advocating for the treatment, along with getting together funds for those already using it. The charity, the country's first for medic...
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#MC410 Sativex for Benjamin

Benjamin was a happy healthy two year old boy until he started showing signs of seizure activity.His muscles on the right side of his face started to droop and his right arm started to lose itsmuscle control. Many tests and surgeries in New Zealand and Germany were performed but nobody could control the seizures or tell us why this was happening. Taking epilepsy medication has al...
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PRNewswire: Marijuana Derivative Reduces Seizures in Children and Young Adults with Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

NEW YORK, Dec. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cannabidiol (CBD), a medical marijuana derivative, was effective in reducing seizure frequency and well-tolerated and safe for most children and young adults enrolled in a year-long study led byepilepsy specialists at NYU Langone Medical Center.These latest findings provide the first estimates of safety, tolerability and efficacy of prescr...
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Funding Sativex, The case of Alisha and potential Govt Savings.

Alisha Butt is a young adult who is intellectually disabled due to a chromosomal abnormality, and is also plagued by a severe and life threatening form of epilepsy. Her mother Sushila Butt has exhausted all available options to treat her daughter, even getting an approval for Sativex itself suggests that Alisha was running out of options.Initially a generous member of the...
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Medicinal Cannabis, its not Brain Surgery…..

Just a a quick post today. MCANZ has heard second hand anecdotal stories from an NZ Refugee to Colorado, that CBD rich Cannabis oil has worked on children for seizures where this much more drastic (and rare) procedure has failed.I present to you the most radical and invasive treatment for seizures generated by only part of the brain, the Hemispherectomy.  Judging from this picture, it ...
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The patients asking for medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis hit the headlines when dying union boss Helen Kelly revealed she was taking illegal cannabis to relieve pain. Thousands of other Kiwis say they need cannabis too. Jack Fletcher reports.Huhana Hickey has multiple sclerosis and has been in a wheelchair since 1996. She is in pain every day."I'm on tramadol, morphine, Paramax and codeine."The medicines she takes for her condit...
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TVNZ Sunday: The Real Oil

In desperation Toni Marie Matich gave her little girl cannabis oil to combat seizures. Now shes decided to front up and be identified, and confess to breaking the law.  Source: http://tvnz.co.nz/sunday-news/real-oil-video-6380639 If you are located in NZ - you may view the video in high quality here: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/ondemand/shows/s/sunday/2015/08-30.html  ...
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The Scientist – Are We Missing Something?

“The Scientist” is a documentary that traces the story of Nobel prize nominee Dr Raphael Mechoulam from his early days as a child of the Holocaust in Bulgaria, through his immigration to Israel, and his career as the chief investigator into the chemistry and biology of the world’s most misunderstood plant. Dr. Mechoulam ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human b...
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