'I have no regrets' Mum says medicinal cannabis was the only thing to help her … – TVNZ

A Hawke’s Bay mother has come clean about giving her daughter cannabis for a severe medical condition.


Hawke’s Bay mum has ‘no regrets’ on cannabis treatment

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Toni Matich says the number of her daughter’s seizures dropped dramatically and her quality of life improved when taking medical cannabis.
Source: Sunday

The teenager suffers from Dravet Syndrome, which causes her to suffer hundreds, sometimes thousands, of seizures a day.

Mum Toni Matich says the number of seizures dropped dramatically, and her daughter’s quality of life improved when taking medical cannabis.

Ms Matich, who has four other children, is speaking for the first time about her decision to break the law and give her daughter the drug.

“I have no regrets about what I did for my child. She had the best quality of life from her illness for that two years’’.

Ms Matich says her cannabis mixture was created with the help of professionals, including botanists and pharmacologists.

“I also consulted with medical cannabis specialists to understand (any interactions) with the medication she was on.”

Ms Matich says she had the cannabis mixture, rich in a compound called cannabidiol,  tested to make sure it was free of any toxins before she gave it to her daughter.

Other medications before that had caused horrific side effects, she says.

“One of them schizophrenic type behaviour, so violent, extremely violent.’’

Now Ms Matich has set up a lobby group, United in Compassion New Zealand, to establish legitimate trials for medical cannabis. 

Health officials are working closely with Ms Matich on her proposals. 

The group is raising money through the ‘’Givealittle’’ website to fund its work. Details can be found at here.

Ms Matich speaks about her efforts to obtain medical cannabis, and the impact it had on her daughter, tonight on Sunday.  The programme also tracks down the seller of a product labelled as containing a sought after – but illegal – cannabis compound, that’s been sold to Kiwis with chronic illness and terminal cancer.

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Albania seizes 500000 cannabis plants in major crackdown – TheNewsTribune.com

Albanian authorities say they have confiscated about half a million cannabis plants this year, arresting 240 suspected growers and drug traffickers.

Interior Ministry spokesman Ardi Bita said Friday that fighting drug production is a “top priority” for police.

Some 7 billion euros ($7.9 billion) worth of marijuana has been seized and destroyed so far, Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said.

On Wednesday, 100 police destroyed some 16,000 plants in Kurvelesh, south of Tirana.

Albania was long a major marijuana producer in Europe. A crackdown started last year, when police stormed the southern Lazarat village with armored personnel carriers — despite coming under automatic weapon and rocket fire by drug growers.

Prime Minister Edi Rama has set the fight against drugs as a main priority for his government, elected in 2013.

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Cannabis farm worth £500000 found in Strathaven – BBC News

A cannabis farm with an estimated street value of £500,000 has been found at a property in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire.

Police said the address in the town’s Hamilton Road was searched in an intelligence-led operation on Friday.

No-one has been arrested and inquiries into the find are continuing.

Sgt Brian Scanlan, of Police Scotland, said: “This recovery clearly shows just how vital intelligence is to disrupting drug activity.”

He added: “We would urge any other people with information about drug offences in their community to contact police.”

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Anglesey farmer involved in cannabis farm plot dodges jail – Daily Post North Wales

A man who was said to have turned a blind eye to a massive cannabis factory in a large shed at his Anglesey farm has been spared jail.

Meanwhile a Vietnamese man who had admitted cannabis production at the farm and in a separate enterprise in Sussex, was jailed for four years.

At Mold Crown Court today Alun Williams, 59, of Manaw Fawr Farm, Bodedern, received a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, was sent on a thinking skills course and was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work.

Ha Hoang, 19, of no fixed address, admitted cultivating cannabis at the farm and later above a pizza shop in Peacehaven in East Sussex.

He received two consecutive two-year sentences.

Williams had denied a charge of permitting the production of cannabis on the farm by others between April and August 2013, but was found guilty.

Strong Smell of Cannabis

The court heard when police opened the door, they were confronted by a wall of hay bales behind which cannabis plants were found with a street value of almost a quarter of a million pounds.

A strong smell of cannabis lingered around the shed with the sound of a ventilation system in motiion.

Williams told the jury he rented the shed out for cash and had no idea what was going on.

He claimed he had lost his sense of smell, could not hear very well, and had not seen anyone coming and going from the shed.

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Cannabis DOES change the way teenage boys' brains develop – Daily Mail

  • Using cannabis before age 16 is linked with schizophrenia later in life
  • Marijuana use might interfere with how the cerebral cortex develops
  • This is the outer layer of the brain which plays a role in consciousness
  • It was found to be less thick in men prone to schizophrenia, study found 

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Cannabis can disturb the way the brain of teenage boys develop, suggests new research.

The study shows the brains of teenage boys who experiment with cannabis before the age of 16, and have a high genetic risk for schizophrenia, develop differently.

The discovery, made from a combined analysis of more than 1,500 young people, contributes to a growing body of evidence linking marijuana use in teenage years with schizophrenia later in life.

The researchers said the these years mark a period of vulnerability, when psychotic disorders may emerge, especially in boys.

The brains of teenage boys who experiment with cannabis before the age of 16, and have a high genetic risk for schizophrenia, appear to develop differently

Environmental influences on how brain circuits mature during this time is of great interest to neuroscientists and medical professionals, researchers said.

The study’s senior author, Professor Tomas Paus, of Toronto University in Canada, said there was solid epidemiological evidence – that which looks at patterns across populations – supporting a link between experimenting with cannabis during adolescence and schizophrenia.

Given this, the team wanted to investigate whether the use of marijuana by 16 years of age is associated with differences in how the brain matures.

They found that cannabis use might interfere with how a particular part of the brain called the cerebral cortex matures in male teenagers who are prone to schizophrenia.

The cerebral cortex is the outer layer of the brain which is made of folded gray matter, and plays an important role in consciousness.

He said: ‘Their brains showed lower cortical thicknesss compared with low-risk male participants and low-or-high risk female participants who used the drug.’

Professor Paus, a prominent researcher and pioneer in the field of population neuroscience, strongly cautioned that more research is needed to determine whether lower cortical thickness actually increases the probability of schizophrenia in at-risk men later in life.

To come to their conclusions, the researchers used observations from three large samples of youths in Canada and Europe.

They examined figures from 1,577 people, aged 12 to 21, in Britain, Germany, Franc, Ireland and Canada, that included information on cannabis use and brain imaging results. 

Professor Paus added: ‘Brain ageing is about brain development.

‘Our study shows the importance of understanding environmental influences on the developing brain in early life as this can have important implications for brain health through the lifespan.’ 

Cannabis use might interfere with how a particular part of the brain called the cerebral cortex matures in male teenagers who are prone to schizophrenia. This area was thinner in boys who used cannabis 

 

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