The New Zealand government is introducing a scheme for regulating medicinal cannabis.
There is no doubt a regulated market for access to medicinal cannabis is safer, but if cannabis-based products were allowed to bypass efficacy trials, there's a potential cost to patient safety.
Radula complanata, a cannabinoid moss.
Radula liverwort shares an intriguing similarity to cannabis – researchers are working out what it does to the brain.
We've got better at managing the health risks of traditional drugs of abuse, but novel psychoactive substances, or 'legal highs', are a dangerous unknown.
There is growing evidence for the use of cannabis in treating opioid addiction.
As Canada moves towards legalization of cannabis in 2018, there is growing evidence of the drug's potential to treat opioid addiction itself, as well as the chronic pain that often drives it.
Will Trump’s America lose out on the next big thing in business?
Mexico and Canada are about to turn medical cannabis into North America's most lucrative new market.
Despite dozens of trials internationally, the evidence on medical cannabis is unconvincing.
NSW is about to embark on the largest and most definitive clinical trial ever of medicinal cannabis for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
There is incredible variation between strains of cannabis plant.
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The Australian government will now accept licence applications for groups wanting to grow cannabis for scientific and medical purposes. But there's still a lot we don't know about this complex plant.
A variety of medical marijuana strains are seen at a dispensary in Denver in 2011.
With restrictions to cannabis loosening at the state level, research is badly needed to get the facts in order.
New psychoactive substances, same problematic users.
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147m people used the drug last year. We need to know much more about it.
Packets of synthetic cannabinoids illegally sold in New York City.
Synthetic cannabinoids – drugs that mimic the psychoactive effect of cannabis – have been linked to injuries and deaths. And when one is banned, another rises to take its place.
It’s the compounds in the cannabis that researchers are interested in.
The three Cs that have caused much controversy in research: cancer, cannabis and cannabinoids.
Role of cannabis in medicine does not strengthen argument for legalisation.
Cannabis has long been touted as containing chemicals that might work against cancer. A recent study suggested that two chemicals found in cannabis, the cannabinoids CBD and THC, could act on an aggressive…
Somewhere in this much-incinerated plant lies valuable medicine: perhaps a treatment for cancer or an antidote to obesity.
Medicinal cannabis is back in the news again after a planned trial to grow it in Norfolk Island was blocked by the federal government last week. The media is ablaze with political rumblings and tales of…