Victoria's plans for medical cannabis use

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VICTORIA TO TAKE PART IN TRIALS OF MEDICINAL CANNABIS

THE LAW


  • The Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill that Victoria's parliament is set to debate this month could legalise medicinal cannabis products for severely ill patients.

TRIALS


  • 10 kids from Victoria with severe epilepsy will take part in an ongoing international trial of synthetic cannabis.


  • Victoria will join a NSW-led trial late this year of cannabis and cannabis-derived products for the terminally ill.


  • If the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill passes, a cannabis cultivation trial will get underway with the first patients expected to be able to access products from 2017.

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOID


  • Chemical structure different to THC (the active component of cannabis) but effects are similar to cannabis.


  • Usually sold combined with herbs.

NATURAL CANNABIS


  • Is a depressant drug, main active chemical is THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol).


  • Comes in three forms:


  • Marijuana: the dried plant that's smoked


  • Hashish: dried resin usually mixed with tobacco or added to foods


  • Hash oil: a liquid usually added to the tip of a cigarette

(Source: www.druginfo.adf.org.au)