The pioneering Israeli scientist known as “The Father of Cannabis Research”, Dr Raphael Mechoulam, is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at CannMed 2016, the Conference on Personalised Medicine with Cannabinoids being held at the Faculty of Medicine of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in April this year.
Israel is at the cutting edge of medical cannabis research. The renowned cannabinoid scientist Raphael Mechoulam and his team discovered the structure and properties of THC and CBD in the 1960s; since then, research has continued apace, aided by ever-relaxing government legislation as the safety and efficacy of cannabis is repeatedly proven.
Fifteen years ago, if you had walked into a coffeeshop in Amsterdam and asked about the CBD and THC content of cannabis, the odds are you would have been greeted with a look of confusion from the person behind the counter.
Cannabis News Network presents a miniseries on medicinal cannabis and the struggle of patients to get access to it. In part four you will see how patients take matters into their own hands, using Cannabis Social Clubs to get medicines of good quality.
The Republic of Slovenia has a long history of hemp and cannabis use, and has long been a transit point for cannabis grown in Albania and transported to western Europe. Currently, industrial hemp is widely grown, and consumption of cannabis itself is not criminalized.
Cannabis News Network is launching a series about medicinal cannabis. In episode three they show you how the first government-controlled system, including Bedrocan as cannabis supplier, is set up and why it is failing its patients.
Are you a medical practitioner, specialist/consultant, nurse or caregiver? Are you asked by patients about the therapeutic potential of cannabis and want to know more about it yourself as well? If so, this paper on the various aspects of the use of medicinal cannabis will help you to familiarise yourself with the topic.
In Episode 2 of this series, Cannabis News Network investigates the injustice of the medicinal cannabis system preferred by the United Nations, and the dissatisfaction of patients who depend upon this system.
Australia is set to legalise the cultivation of medicinal cannabis throughout the country. Last Wednesday (10 February), the government introduced a draft bill to Parliament to create a national legislative framework allowing the cultivation of medicinal cannabis, for approval at the end of March. Read more.
Cannabis News Network is launching a miniseries on one of the hottest topics in cannabis regulation: the medicinal benefits of the plant and the struggle of patients to get access to it. Watch part 1 which covers government interference here!
On Wednesday 24th February the Canadian court ruled that patients have the constitutional right to grow medicinal cannabis. But the fight is not yet over! An update on this, and many other international developments, can be seen in the forthcoming report from Cannabis News Network.
Hyperactivity, impulsiveness, mood swings, hypersensitivity, crankiness, lack of concentration and organisation, as well as difficulty falling asleep. These are the symptoms that typically determine the lives of ADHD patients. ADHD medication usually comes with a plethora of side effects. Would cannabis be an alternative?
On Wednesday 10th February 2016, the Amsterdam court acquitted Dutch medicinal cannabis grower Rudolf Hillebrand of the charge of illegally growing cannabis. The court agreed with the defence that Hillebrand cultivated cannabis as an essential supplement to his HIV medication and definitely not for financial gain. A historic verdict!
On 15 January 2016, numerous media channels reported that in Rennes, France, a participant in a clinical trial died after taking a substance whose effects were supposed to resemble those of cannabis. Read the complete report here.
Creepy, crawly, and the stuff of nightmares...parasitic worms infect up to two billion people worldwide, and cause widespread ill-health, particularly in the developing world. Cannabis has been an important folk remedy for parasitic worms for centuries, and there is substantial modern evidence to back up its use.
Mad Cow Disease, more properly known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), is a horrific, degenerative brain disease that is fatal in 100% of cases. CJD is caused by prions, which are malformed protein molecules—and there is some evidence that cannabis could work to counteract their effects.
On December 22nd 2015, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree that legalizes medicinal cannabis. Read more here.
On January 8 2016, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health released a bill that could change the country’s controlled substances legislation and grant patients access to cannabis. More detailed information about the draft can be found in this article.
Inspired by a panel discussion featuring Ina May Gaskin, the “mother of authentic midwifery”, a few months ago here in Amsterdam, I decided to take a closer look at the topic of using cannabis during pregnancy and childbirth. This is some of the information I have found on the subject. Take a look for yourself.