Medical cannabis is already in New Zealand.
Medical cannabis became available in NZ in 2018, after an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act, allowing the plant to be cultivated and imported, for the sole purpose of aiding medical ailments. As with any medical pharmaceutical in New Zealand, a doctor has to write the prescription for can-nabis and The New Zealand Drug Foundation currently endorse a ‘Yes’ vote on the 2020 cannabis referendum, with the primary intention of increasing availability and lowering costs of medical cannabis, to patients in need.
A diverse drug
With hundreds of naturally produced cannabinoids and over a million potential crossbreeds of cannabis varieties, each with their own, unique medical properties, the advantage of having readily available medical cannabis is that it can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual.
In contrast to common misconceptions, however, there is little evidence which proves that cannabis is psychologically addictive. The jury is still out, though, on whether, or not, some people may be more susceptible to becoming psychologically dependent on cannabis.
Cannabis is, in fact, surprisingly safe and, historically, no deaths have been attributed to an overdose of cannabis. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about many other, commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals, or household products, including domestic bleach. Furthermore, cannabis flower also needs to be heat-treated, in order to be psychoactive, which means that any raw flower consumed by minors (whether intentionally, or not) will not produce a ‘high’ effect and is, relatively, safe to be kept in the home. To prevent any dangers associated with deliberate, or accidental consumption of edibles with activated cannabis as an ingredient, by those under the age of 20, the government has outlawed any packaging that may entice children.
With all things considered, cannabis could soon be one of the safest medicines available.
Keep in Mind with Cannabis
Everyone’s biochemistry is different and, as a result, what works for one individual may not, necessarily, work for another. Taking into account consumption method, along with the environment and headspace you’re in, are all important factors to consider, that can, potentially, either improve or dampen your experience. No one can say, definitively, what your experience with a particular cannabis product will be, so experimentation is important, to understand what works best with your body; as is true with most holistic remedies. More research is needed to further identify and understand the complexities of cannabis and, although, there will never be a one-size-fits-all treatment, it is vital to focus on cannabis education, alongside research, in order to maximize both the medicinal, societal and environmental benefits of this complex and dynamic plant.