Major medical marijuana trial going on in NZ

first_imgNZ  Herald 13 November 2016Family First Comment: And this is the way it SHOULD happen. Controlled, tested, safe, utilising the non-harmful but beneficial components. But definitely not liberalisation of drug laws.A major medical marijuana trial is underway in New Zealand – testing the effects of a new cannabis gel on epilepsy patients.The Ministry of Health has given the green light for Kiwis to be part of the ground-breaking clinical trial, investigating the effects of the newly-developed cannabidiol gel ZYN002 in stopping or reducing epileptic seizures.Across Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch, 12-week trials have been going on with the last wave of New Zealanders being recruited before the trial ends in late November. Also running across 10 centres in Australia, a total of 210 adult patients will be involved.Every 12 hours, patients rub the gel into their upper arms and shoulders. However, the randomised test means neither the recruits, or their doctors, will know which of three possible gels they are receiving – high dose, low dose or a placebo – until the trial is over.By being absorbed into the skin, it’s understood the gel’s cannabis-derived contents will hit the brain more quickly and powerfully than oral forms of medicines which must first pass through the gut and liver.READ MORE: read more

Brady out for four weeks after op

first_imgHull winger Robbie Brady will be out of action for around four weeks after opting to have surgery to correct a long-standing hernia problem. But the club’s head of medical services Rob Price said Brady had conceded it was worth having the operation as soon as possible. Price told the Tigers’ official website: “It’s actually a condition that we’ve been managing for around six weeks now. “Robbie has managed to play through that and been particularly successful despite being in a reasonable amount of pain. “We had a sit-down between Robbie, the manager and myself to make a decision on when it would be best to have the surgery and Robbie decided that he couldn’t really continue to play with the pain he was having.” Brady will miss the Tigers’ Barclays Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Saturday as well as the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan. Brady, who has scored three league goals this season including a penalty winner against West Ham last Saturday, had hoped to put off his operation until the international break. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more