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Poland: Warsaw Zoo plans to give elephants cannabidiol to help them relax and stop fighting

One of the elephants that calls Warsaw Zoo home. Picture: Warsaw Zoo/CNNSource:CNN Warsaw Zoo in Poland has announced it will trial the use medical cannabidiol (CBD) on two of its animals to help relieve stress. The project ‘hemp for elephants’ will involve giving two stressed African elephants medical CBD to help them relax and stop fighting within the herd, according to the zoo’s website. “To start with, the program included Fredzia the elephant who, after the recent death of Erna, was a bit stressed and has little trouble finding her position in the herd,” the website reads. “Fryderyk will receive CBD oil with food, but also as recommended, we will try to administer it directly into the m

USA: Florida approves edible medical cannabis products

Edible products with medical cannabis have been approved in the state, with some restrictions. GETTY IMAGES Florida has approved licensed medical cannabis dispensaries to be able to produce THC-infused edible products. The Florida Department of Health issued emergency guidance on its Office of Medical Cannabis Use Wednesday that allowed them, but with some restrictions. For example, the edibles must be a geometric shape and are allowed to be in the form of a lozenge, chocolate, drink powder, baked goods or gelatins, with some ingredients barred from use. Some of the other restrictions that the emergency rules lay out include that edibles: May not contain any color additives. Can't bear a "re

NT judge weighs up deportation of Alice Springs man convicted of cannabis dealing

John Van Der Shuit pleaded guilty to the possession and supply of cannabis, and now faces possible deportation after being sentenced in Alice Springs.(ABC News: Demi Lynch) A Northern Territory judge has told a 63-year-old Alice Springs man who admitted to supplying cannabis that it would not be "much of a hardship" for him to be sent back to the Netherlands, despite him having left the country when he was six months old. Key points: A 63-year-old was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges of possessing and supplying cannabis earlier this year He now faces possible deportation to his birth country the Netherlands, though he left when he was six months old and has never been back The judg

Parents hail 10-month-old's response to cannabis oil treatment as 'amazing'

Baby Luella has a rare type of epilepsy called West syndrome. Credit: 7NEWS “When you’re in our shoes and none of the medicines are working you’ll do anything to stop the suffering of your child, absolutely anything,” her mother Erin Oudshoorn told 7NEWS. “It’s amazing, she can track us around the room, she responds to her name.” 7NEWS can reveal a secret state government farm has produced the first-ever cannabis crop for a new local industry that is being harvested and studied. It promises to make the treatment option more accessible and affordable for thousands of patients. Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said it’s about “creating the McDonald’s of the medicinal cannabis world”. 7NEWS c

Medical Cannabis spray has success in COVID-19 clinical trial

MGC Pharma's anti-inflammatory medicine is a safe treatment for COVID-19 patients: Getty Images MGC Pharma’s medical spray has success in COVID-19 clinical trial Two clinical trials show MGC Pharmaceuticals’ (ASX:MXC) medical spray is a safe and effective anti-inflammatory treatment for patients with COVID-19. Statistically significant results from the clinical trial demonstrate that MGC’s anti-inflammatory medicine meet US Federal Drug Administration guidelines for COVID-19 treatments, the company said. The phase-two clinical outcome is consistent with an earlier pre-clinical study that showed patients treated with MGC’s anti-inflammatory medicine had a reduction in their immune system’s in

Medicinal cannabis gap between Tasmania, mainland

WIDE GAP: Most Tasmanians who applied to access medicinal cannabis were knocked back. Picture: Paul Scambler. Just 36 applications to get medicinal cannabis through Tasmania's Controlled Access Scheme have been made and more than half were knocked back, a Department of Health spokeswoman has confirmed. Since the scheme came into effect in 2017, 16 Tasmanians have been allowed to access medicinal cannabis. On the mainland, where a Specialist Access Scheme operates in all jurisdictions and any registered medical practitioner can prescribe medicinal cannabis, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved more than 56,000 applications. Greens leader Cassy O'Connor said the state government s

Opium poppy producer Tasmanian Alkaloids cuts ribbon on $10m medicinal cannabis facility

Tasmanian Alkaloids chief scientist Greg Symons with State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson and Resources Minister Guy Barnett with the medicinal cannabis plant. Picture: Paul Scambler Nine million bottles of cannabidiol will be produced each year from Northern Tasmania after a new facility was opened. Tasmanian Alkaloids cut the ribbon on its new $10 million medicinal cannabis facility at Westbury on Wednesday, with production already underway. Tasmanian Alkaloids executive general manager Colin Ralph said the facility would cover all aspects of the cultivation, extraction and bottling of medicinal cannabis. "It's a very exciting day for the 140 employees on-site, and it continues a strong

State government provides grant for medicinal cannabis facility in WA

South West medicinal cannabis producer Little Green Pharma has been awarded $300,000 towards a new manufacturing facility. Little Green Pharma is among 25 businesses which have shared in $4.2 million under the state government's Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund's latest funding round. The grant will support an advanced new manufacturing facility containing clean rooms, and processing and packaging areas to produce medical-grade cannabis products for Australian and European patients. It will allow Little Green Pharma to become the first Australian producer to establish a fully vertically integrated, 'seed-to-sale' value chain for medicinal cannabis. Agricultural minister Alan

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