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Coronavirus: Medical cannabis access eased amid lockdown in UK

Patients have begun receiving medical cannabis through the post, as the coronavirus pandemic has left them unable to access the drug any other way. Many medical cannabis users suffer from chronic pain and some have had other types of care, including non-emergency surgeries, postponed because of the outbreak. Dr Alan Fayaz, a consultant in chronic pain medicine at University College London Hospital, says his patients had been left "very vulnerable". "They can't get physical interventions and their access to a support community has been inhibited," as venues have closed and staff been redeployed, he says. The government is poised to introduce emergency legislation to allow patients to continue

Army veteran calls for access to legal cannabis to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder

Photo: Max Hill turned to the black market to help his son David cope with PTSD. (ABC News: Sean Warren) When Max Hill looks you in the eye, he still has the piercing gaze of the drug cop he used to be. Related Story: Medicinal cannabis trial offers hope to young veteran with crippling PTSD Related Story: Medicinal cannabis facility a goer in Victoria with hopes it'll deter patients from black market Related Story: Forgotten families on the frontline of veterans' PTSD battles Key points: Veteran David Hill has PTSD and was being treated with benzodiazepines, a minor tranquiliser, at a psychiatric ward When he was discharged he deteriorated further as he withdrew from the medication, but medi

Survey shows Australians using cannabis to treat bowel disease

Australians source illicit cannabis to manage symptoms A quarter of Australians with inflammatory bowel disease report medicinal cannabis eases their symptoms, according to a new survey from the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics. Australians are illegally sourcing cannabis to manage their conditions. Photo: Pixabay New research conducted by the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney reveals a quarter of Australians with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have used cannabis, predominantly from illicit sources, to manage their condition. They reported improvements in symptoms and reduced use of prescription medication. The first Australian natio

Charlotte Figi, the girl who spurred a cannabis movement that changed laws across the world, has die

Brennan Linsley/APMatt Figi with his daughter Charlotte in 2014, when she was 7. Charlotte Figi, the Colorado girl with epilepsy who helped ignite a medical-cannabis movement that changed laws around the world, died at 13 from suspected coronavirus-related complications, according to an announcement on Tuesday. Figi and her parents worked with owners of a medical-marijuana dispensary to create a strain with a high amount of CBD. CBD is a nonpsychoactive compound found in cannabis. The strain, dubbed Charlotte’s Web, proved successful in treating Figi’s debilitating seizures, and her story became a turning point in the medical-cannabis movement. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stor

Cannabis proven to help insomniacs sleep in world-first study

The results of a world-first study at The University of Western Australia have shown that medicinal cannabis can be used as a novel treatment for adults suffering from chronic insomnia. Around one in three Australians has regular difficulty getting to sleep and the sedation effect brought on by medicinal cannabis is believed to be an alternative treatment for those experiencing the condition. The study was coordinated through the UWA Centre for Sleep Science using a cannabinoid extract provided by Zelira Therapeutics, an Australian medical research and development company. The researchers used a randomised approach to assess the ability of the cannabis formulation to treat patients diagnosed

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