New Zealand

Tue
12
Jul

Medicinal cannabis sector deserves celebration not criticism

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The latest Ministry of Health data on medicinal cannabis uptake paints a positive picture. This comes despite ongoing criticism on the availability of local products, price, and doctors’ willingness to prescribe.

Yes, challenges around access continue, but New Zealand’s newest industry is making good strides. Let’s not forget Parliament only legislated to enable a local medicinal cannabis industry three and a half years ago. The Medicinal Cannabis Scheme has been in effect for just over two years, or less than a year, if you take into consideration the transition period.

Thu
16
Jun

Greenlab joins forces with Helius Therapeutics to develop targeted medicinal cannabis treatments

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New Zealand-based biotechnology company Greenlab has joined forces with licenced producer Helius Therapeutics to develop specialised and targeted medicinal cannabis treatments for patients unable to benefit from conventional pharmaceuticals.

The collaboration will aim to further unlock the potential of medicinal cannabis for unique needs such as chronic and multi-layered conditions.

It will be co-funded by Helius and a $2.4 million grant it received in 2019 under the New Zealand government’s research and development initiative.

Partial funding from that grant has already gone towards identifying the most advantageous cultivars from imported seeds for the formulation of cannabis medicines, and identifying strains with potential for disease specificity.

Thu
09
Jun

Foundations for a fine new fibre

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A group of South Island farmers say they are about to expand their range after the successful launch of an apparel business based on blending hemp fibre with merino wool.

Hemprino was formed by three Kiwi farmers who say they are passionate about finding ways to eliminate the environmental impact of fast fashion by using all-natural, heritage fibres that are kind on the environment.

They launched their first product, the "Pioneer Crew" all-gender pullover, in April. Initial sales and interest are said to have been strong.

"We wanted to test the market and see if people were interested and we've had a great response. So, we've gone ahead and got other colours and styles coming soon," co-founder Siobhan O'Malley told Rural News.

Wed
25
May

Doctors wary of cannabis as a medicine

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Doctors seem wary of prescribing approved cannabis products ahead of substantial clinical trials, and patients are missing out, writes Dr Karen Oldfield

Awareness of cannabis as a medicinal product has been rising significantly. Doctors in Aotearoa New Zealand report more patients are asking about the use of cannabis as a medicine—and patients report they’re comfortable discussing the drug with their doctors.

But there are still obstacles facing those who want to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. My research found many patients who had spoken to their doctor about it did not receive a prescription.

Tue
12
Apr

NZ medical cannabis put on the fast-track

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NZ medicinal cannabis grower Puro has scored an NZD $13 million government grant to go towards “turbocharging” the country’s local industry.

Running from 2022 to 2027, the $32 million initiative – Puro is kicking in the balance – will see the company develop production systems, support skills and training, and investigate contract growing pathways to market for New Zealand’s medical cannabis industry.

“This project will bring significant scale to this new industry, providing domestically sourced medicinal cannabis for Kiwi patients in pain and exciting export opportunities in a global growth market, providing further diversification of land use and export opportunities,” said Agriculture Minister Hon Damien O’Connor.

Fri
29
Oct

NZ Government Backing Medical Cannabis Cultivation Research

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New Zealand’s government is tipping in close to NZD $760,000 towards a program seeking to establish evidence-based medical cannabis cultivation practices.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said as medical cannabis has only been legal in the country since last year, there’s little science-backed information on the best way to cultivate it locally for therapeutically active compounds. These would include cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

“The aim is to establish sustainable and efficient New Zealand-based medical cultivation practices – with the end goal of sharing the findings with other licensed Kiwi growers,” said Minister O’Connor.

Mon
20
Sep

Helius Celebrates Female Leadership In Cannabis Sector

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Helius Therapeutics is taking time to reflect on Suffrage Day. On 19 September 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote.

Now 128 years on, New Zealand has its third female Prime Minister, and almost half of its Members of Parliament are female. Women leaders are also significantly represented across the business sector, with more playing leading roles in science and healthcare.

The country’s largest licenced medicinal cannabis company, Helius Therapeutics, is no exception. Not only is it New Zealand’s first medicinal cannabis business to gain a GMP Licence to Manufacture Medicines, but Helius is led by chief executive, Carmen Doran.

Wed
04
Aug

Couple making cannabis oil causes over $40K in damage after explosion rocks house

Kitchen and laundry door frames, as well as multiple windows, were blown out by the explosion, with glass flying about 25 metres.

A New Zealand couple has caused more than $46,000 in damage (about C$40,400) to a house in the suburb of Invercargill after their attempt at making cannabis oil resulted in a massive explosion.

Samuel Paul Just, 29, and Rebecca Anne Bower, 28, were both charged with producing cannabis oil. Both have pleaded guilty after a district court appearance on Tuesday, where they were convicted and remanded on bail, according to a report from Stuff NZ.

Wed
04
Aug

Couple making cannabis oil causes over $40K in damage after explosion rocks house

Kitchen and laundry door frames, as well as multiple windows, were blown out by the explosion, with glass flying about 25 metres.

A New Zealand couple has caused more than $46,000 in damage (about C$40,400) to a house in the suburb of Invercargill after their attempt at making cannabis oil resulted in a massive explosion.

Samuel Paul Just, 29, and Rebecca Anne Bower, 28, were both charged with producing cannabis oil. Both have pleaded guilty after a district court appearance on Tuesday, where they were convicted and remanded on bail, according to a report from Stuff NZ.

Mon
26
Jul

New video from pop star Lorde shows singer blissfully taking a hit from a bong

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“Blink three times when you feel it kicking in,” she sings.

FILE: New Zealand singer Lorde poses before Christian Dior 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on Mar. 6, 2015 in Paris. / PHOTO BY PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

 

The “Solar Power” video from the artist known as Lorde is sure to brighten the mood of cannabis enthusiasts as the two-time Grammy winner is depicted taking a single haul on a bong that immediately lifts her energy.

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