Medical Cannabis News

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Mon
08
Feb

NZ medicinal cannabis is facing a looming crisis

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New Zealand is facing a collapse of legal medicinal cannabis supply after March 31, when a deadline to meet stiff new government rules is expected to keep the products of three of the country’s five main importers out of the market, reports NZ Herald’s Kate MacNamara in this Herald Premium article.

Last April, the government unveiled a new regulatory system to create more safe, widespread and affordable access to medicinal cannabis. It has not yet approved a single product.

Mon
08
Feb

Home grown? Medical cannabis companies mostly out-of-state

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Once again, out-of-state business entities and owners took the majority of dispensary and processor permits for West Virginia’s long-awaited medical cannabis program.

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Medical Cannabis announced that 100 dispensaries between 32 companies with locations in 23 counties had been selected. The Office of Medical Cannabis announced the selection of 10 growers in October 2020 and 10 processors in November 2020.

Fri
05
Feb

(Another) Study – Medical Cannabis And Prescription Opioids

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A study observing the impact of medical cannabis on prescribed opioid usage in chronic pain patients has revealed interesting results.

The US opioid epidemic claimed 47,600 lives in 2017 and it’s estimated 10.3 million people were misusing opioids in 2018 – a staggering 3.7% of the US population. It’s thought medical cannabis may be able to help address the situation and various studies have indicated this might be the case.

One of the more recent studies involved 525 patients from three medical cannabis practice sites who had used prescription opioid medications to treat chronic pain for at least 3 months continuously – and were using medical cannabis in combination with these medications.

Fri
05
Feb

Could cannabis help patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease?

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A pilot study being conducted at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine is investigating a controversial topic – how cannabis, medicinal or recreational, is used, accessed and how it may benefit individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.

Whilst recreational cannabis remains illegal in Australia, much of the research and thus the path to legalisation has been largely limited to the management of specific symptoms, such as pain.

Previous international research has shown some benefits of cannabis use in the improvement of both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that affects one in every 308 Australians.

Fri
05
Feb

Does Marijuana Work Better Than Sleeping Pills For Insomnia?

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If you’re not currently receiving any treatment for insomnia, or if your current treatment isn’t enhancing the duration and quality of your sleep, you may want to give cannabis a try.

Ask any CBD or THC supplier and one of the main referrals for their product is sleep disorders. Known to be a natural sleep aid, cannabis and CBD oil has been proven to assist with insomnia and better sleep.

Here are five things to understand about the effect cannabis has on getting a better night’s sleep:

Fri
05
Feb

West Virginia medical cannabis program still needs testing lab

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Growers, processors and dispensaries for West Virginia’s long-awaited medical cannabis program have been selected with patients able to register for the program as of Wednesday, but the state still needs a lab partner to test the product.

Fri
05
Feb

Hawaii: New medical cannabis bills proposed for 2021

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More than a dozen other medical cannabis-related bills have been introduced this legislative session. They include:

• Senate Bill 145, which would authorize the manufacture and distribution of cannabis seeds and cannabis clones by medical cannabis dispensary licensees, was combined with Senate Bill 254, which would allow dispensaries to distribute cannabis propagules and cuttings to authorized patients and caregivers, and was passed with amendments, including a cap on the number of clones or cuttings. It next needs to secure a hearing before the Committee on Judiciary.

Fri
05
Feb

It's Now OK for UFC Fighters to Use Cannabis

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In a new policy effective retroactively to the beginning of 2021, the UFC has announced that it will no longer find fighters in violation of league policy if they test positive for THC in their urine. Part of the reason is that a urine test is not a very good way to determine whether someone ingested THC from cannabis.

Jeff Novitzky, UFC Senior Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, said in a statement that the league no longer wants to use urine tests to look for marijuana use, because THC can remain stored in body fat for weeks after use.  

Fri
05
Feb

Ukraine’s Deputy Health Minister Favors Medical Cannabis

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The cannabis plant has been used by humans for medical and health purposes for many centuries. In the grand scheme of things, cannabis prohibition is a relatively new phenomenon.

Sadly, cannabis prohibition has harmed many people over the last century, all over the globe.

One sector of society that is particularly harmed by cannabis prohibition is suffering patients eho do not have safe access to a proven medicine.

In prohibition countries, patients have to risk prosecution when cultivating, transporting, and/or acquiring medical cannabis, which is an absolute shame.

Thu
04
Feb

Tilray Secures Medical Cannabis Authorisation In Portugal

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Canada-headquartered Tilray has announced Portugal’s national healthcare regulator has provided authorisation for the company to sell its medical cannabis products in that country.

Legislation was signed into law in 2018 to allow for medicinal use of cannabis in Portugal, which was to be acquired through pharmacies. But according to Tilray the authorisation from Infarmed, the Portuguese National Authority of Medicines and Health Products, is the first in the country.  

Tilray products have been authorised for treatment or management of a range of conditions including MS associated spasticity, Tourette syndrome, epilepsy, therapeutic-resistant glaucoma and some forms of chronic pain.

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