NZ: Cannabis spray Sativex brings mobility back for Taupo toddler with tumour Elyse Johnson

Elyse Johnson with mum Casey, dad Jamie and brother Blake is starting to show improvement in mobility after starting on a cannabis mouth spray. Photo/Taupo & Turangi Weekender A Taupo toddler with an incurable brain stem tumour is beginning to show signs of increased mobility four weeks after starting to use a medical cannabis spray. Elyse Johnson has been diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), and the 3-year-old was earlier this year approved for Sativex, a mouth spray made with cannabis extract. Mother Casey Johnson said she believed Elyse was the youngest person in New Zealand to be approved for the drug, which is normally used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis. "

'They're in desperation': Canberra women breaking the law to treat endometriosis pain wi

Photo: Stepfh El has had surgery eight times to treat her endometriosis, but she says the pain can still be unbearable. (Supplied) Canberra women with endometriosis are self-medicating with cannabis, but legalising the drug might not help Stepfh El started to develop signs of endometriosis from the age of 11. She was misdiagnosed for years, until 2014, when she had emergency surgery for her chronic pelvic pain. Key points: Endometriosis affects more than 600,000 Australian women Researchers have found one in 10 women with endometriosis use cannabis to self-manage pain The ACT's new laws may not make access to cannabis for medicinal use any easier "They thought I had appendicitis, but it turn

Italy court rules home-growing cannabis is legal in landmark decision

The judgment came about after a man from Naples was convicted for having a plant Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo Italy's supreme court has ruled that cultivating cannabis on a small scale for personal use is legal, in a landmark judgment expected to provoke controversy. After being asked to clarify previous conflicting interpretations of the law, the Court of Cassation decided that the crime of growing narcotic drugs should exclude "small amounts grown domestically for the exclusive use of the grower". Details of the decision, made on December 19th but revealed in recent days, have already provoked a critical response from organisations that deal with drug-dependency, suggestin

Firefighters stumble across a huge cannabis crop as they fight horror bushfires in New South Wales

Rural Fire Service crews stumbled on a cannabis plantation in New South Wales Images of firefighters in front of the crop were posted to social media on Friday Surprising find was an amusing distraction from massive bushfires in the area Firefighters battling blazes in regional New South Wales have stumbled across a hidden field of massive cannabis plants. The NSW Rural Fire Service was near the town of Tahmoor, west of Woollongong, when fire crews made the discovery on Friday. The firies took selfies with the naturally occurring plants and posted them online. The photo suggested the firefighters were amused - the surprising find being a welcome distraction from the fires plaguing the area.

UK fast-tracks cannabis epilepsy treatment

A cannabis-based treatment for children with severe epilepsy will be released in the new year. Hundreds of children with severe epilepsy will be able to access a cannabis-based treatment on the NHS early in the new year. NHS England said access to Epidyolex, a cannabidiol (CBD) oral solution, has been fast-tracked to be available from January 6. The cannabis-based medicine was recommended for use on the NHS to treat two rare types of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, for the first time in November. It will be available for children from the age of two and adults in combination with clobazam, and NHS England estimates around 2,000 people could benefit. Clinical trials have shown

Barry and Joy Lambert recognised as medicinal cannabis pioneers

Grandparents recognised for medical science support. Philanthropists Barry and Joy Lambert have been recognised with Honorary Fellowships by the University of Sydney for their pioneering collaboration on the establishment of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics. Barry and Joy Lambert were conferred with Honorary Fellowships at the University of Sydney’s Great Hall today in recognition of their support for medicinal cannabis research. Mr and Mrs Lambert are recognised for their ongoing support and advocacy for research into the efficacy and safety of what some people hope might be the next 'breakthrough treatment’. "Both Barry and Joy were driven by the need to alleviate the li

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