Vera Twomey

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Minister for Health Simon Harris has pledged to act immediately to make medicinal cannabis more widely available if a policy review recommends such a move. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Simon Harris has pledged to act immediately to make medicinal cannabis more widely available if a policy review recommends such a move. The Ministe(...)

Vera Twomey  from Aghabullogue, Co Cork, with her daughter Ava, who suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome. Photograph:   Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The mother of a child who suffers from catastrophic seizures arising out of an extreme form of epilepsy has said she is “ecstatic” that the Governmen(...)

Dr Colin Doherty  said there was growing evidence for the effectiveness of CBD (a cannabidiol oil derived from  cannabis, pictured above) and initial studies were encouraging, but not definitive. File photograph: Getty Images

Treating epilepsy using medicinal cannabis offers a “tantalising new horizon” for severe disabling seizures, but scientific studies are not yet “defin(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris has ordered a review of Ireland’s policy on medicinal cannabis. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has ordered a review of Ireland’s policy on medicinal cannabis. Mr Harris said the review was not a discussion about(...)

Right-to-die campaigner Tom Curran has called on the Government to legalise the use of cannabis for medical purposes.  File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Right-to-die campaigner Tom Curran has called on the Government to legalise the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Mr Curran said only two things(...)

Cannabis has been shown to reduce pressure in the eyeball that leads to glaucoma. Photograph: James MacDonald/Getty

Preparations of the leaves and resin of the cannabis plant have been in use for more than 2,000 years. First introduced into western medicine in the(...)

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