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.
In February 2013, we published a report on cannabis allergies that described the basic concept and a little of the scientific theory behind the phenomenon. Since then, it seems that a great deal of research has gone into the issue. Read the update here!
For years, it was thought that cannabis was the only plant capable of producing cannabinoids. However, in the last few years research has been published that shows that cannabis is not the only plant that produces these compounds, and that they are actually quite common!
The endocannabinoid system is fundamentally important to the regulation of digestive processes including appetite, salivation, hunger, and satiety. Cannabinoid receptors are widely distributed throughout the digestive system, as well as in the brain regions considered to be crucial to the gut-brain axis.
France is known for having one of the harshest cannabis policies in Europe. While many other countries have already made the choice of making medicinal cannabis legal for their citizens, the country of Human Rights is still at war with its own administration over the availability of Sativex.
The range of cannabis or hemp-based products available to the public is increasing over time. Variety is most welcome, as each of these products caters for different needs. Hempseed oil, cannabis oil, CBD oil … there are many options, that can be confusing to the average consumer. In this article, we break down the differences between hemp oil, also known as hempseed oil, and CBD oil.
Cannabis, with its rich spectrum of phytocannabinoids such as THC and CBD, has long been used in traditional medicine relating to fertility and reproduction. Now, scientists are beginning to discover just how important the endocannabinoid system is to the biological mechanisms controlling these fundamental processes.
“Irrational Drug Laws are hindering medical research” - that is Prof. David Nutt’s statement. How exactly laws are doing that, he explains in a presentation at the Breaking Convention 2015, a biennial interdisciplinary British conference on psychedelic consciousness.
The National Cancer Institute, an agency sponsored by the U.S. government, has recently updated their information about cannabis, admitting that cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells.
In 2016 a new tourist attraction will open its doors in the US state of Colorado, that is fully dedicated to cannabis! After reading this, you might want to book a trip to the Colorado Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater. A description and pictures of this amazing place can be found here!
Following the ever-increasing public pressure on the German Federal Government, the German Drugs Commissioner Marlene Mortler has announced what just a few months ago seemed unthinkable: Germany, just like the Netherlands and Canada, will establish a Cannabis Agency in order to care for its patients itself in future. Up until now, the German Government has insisted that there is no need for such an institution.
The German Hemp Association welcomes the announcement by the federal government in Germany to set up a cannabis agency. This paves the way for the first cultivation of medicinal cannabis in Germany, helping not only the patients, but allowing also new economic prospects for Germany.
On October 16th, the 4th edition of the conference on pharmacological advances and therapeutic uses of cannabinoids in medicine took place at the medical faculty of Strasbourg. Organised by the UFCM iCare organisation (French Union for the use of Cannabinoids in Medicine) the conference was presided over by French patient and activist Bertrand Rambaud.