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Hot Health | Focus on Medical marijuana

Networking from 5:00pm with nibbles and drinks

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Medicinal Cannabis: the disconnect between evidence and anecdote

Dr John Ashton | Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Hot Health_identifierIn this talk, John will provide an overview of the ways in which THC acts on cannabinoid receptors, and CBD, which acts on a variety of other molecular targets. THC based products have been under investigation for analgesia, and CBD mainly as a drug for childhood epilepsy. Although THC has undoubted analgesic effects, experiments have found that these are moderate at best, and in some clinical trials do little better than placebo. The best quality data has come from clinical trials run by GW Pharma, whose products include Epidiolex (CBD) and Sativex (a 1:1 mix of THC and CBD). Although trials for Dravet’s syndrome using Epidiolex were initially promising, analysis of pharmacokinetic interactions of the drug with other drugs used by patients have cast doubt on these results. With respect to cancer pain, Sativex failed to relieve pain to an extent greater than placebo. This evidence base is at odds with anecdotes from some patients. It has been suggested that cannabis is used not so much by these patients for direct analgesia, but for its non-specific sedating and mood altering properties.

Mum, Cannabis and Me: The right to informed choice

Victoria Catherwood | Medical student, Christchurch School of Medicine

Victoria Catherwood is a final year medical student at the University of Otago. Last year Victoria crowdfunded to create the educational documentary, ‘Mum, Cannabis and Me: the right to informed choice’, with the aim of highlighting the science, ethics and law surrounding cannabis as a medicine to increase patient health outcomes and minimise harm.

Most recently, Victoria spent 5 weeks in California learning from physicians who recommend cannabis as a medicine for a range of symptoms and conditions.

We invite you to watch this informative documentary and listen to Victoria discuss her experiences at our next Hot Health event.

Watch via Zoom | Facebook live | Periscope

Hot Health is 2018's addition to DSM's family of events, with the intention of bringing the School together for an informal evening of networking and discussion, with the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers give talks on hot topics.

Postgraduate students are warmly encouraged to attend these events, as are professionals, academics and clinical researchers, and students across the Division of Health Sciences.

Date Thursday, 7 June 2018
Time 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Audience All University,Public
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Departmental Seminar

Barnett Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor Dunedin Hospital

Contact Name

Georgia Richardson


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