Medicinal cannabis still not favoured by doctors


first_imgRadio NZ News 23 September 2020Family First Comment: “Research by the New Zealand Medical Journal and published by NZ Doctor in June, showed that 79 percent of GPs in New Zealand had concerns prescribing it. Medical director of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, Dr Bryan Betty said there was still not enough evidence of its benefits.”www.saynopetodope.org.nz/medicinalCannabis became legal medicine in New Zealand in April.One of New Zealand’s newest medical cannabis companies, Tauranga based Eqalis, said a medical diagnosis was needed in order to get the full effect of medical cannabis, for the condition being treated.Chief medical officer Elizabeth Plant said medical cannabis was complex and in order to work properly, specific ratios of compounds were needed in the active ingredients.“You have to make sure the dose is safe and effective and it’s more about low THC and high CBD.”Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) were the two primary cannabinoids that occur naturally in the Cannabis sativa plant.CBD was non-psychoactive, meaning it would not get the user high, and therefore appeared more frequently than THC in dietary and natural supplements.Plant said prescribing for medical use was a delicate balance.Research by the New Zealand Medical Journal and published by NZ Doctor in June, showed that 79 percent of GPs in New Zealand had concerns prescribing it.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/426757/medicinal-cannabis-still-not-favoured-by-doctorsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

For the second night in a row, Mike Trout’s two homers not enough for Angels


first_imgPreviousSeattle Mariners special assistant to the chairman Ichiro Suzuki, center, greets teammates after the Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 in a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger follows through on a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger (17) is greeted at the dugout by Dee Gordon, right, after Haniger hit a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim strikes out against Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inningat Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches his solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run off of Ryan Cook #46 of the Seattle Mariners in the seventh inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)Seattle Mariners left fielder Ben Gamel loses his glove after he jumped but failed to catch a solo home run hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout rounds the bases as Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon rests behind him after Trout hit a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. It was Trout’s second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third after hitting a home run off of Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim greets Mike Trout #27 after his home run in the seventh inning off of Ryan Cook #46 of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners hits a home run off of Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Oliver Drake, right, walks away from the mound as the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run – his second of the game – during the eighth inning Tuesday night in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon, left, greets Mitch Haniger after Haniger hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. Haniger also homered in the fifth inning as the Mariners won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Fans in the stands watch as Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners special assistant to the chairman Ichiro Suzuki, center, greets teammates after the Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 in a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)ExpandSEATTLE — Mike Trout did everything he could to carry the Angels on Tuesday.But a baseball team, as it turns out, is pretty heavy.Trout couldn’t do it by himself. The Angels lost 6-3 to the Seattle Mariners, despite Trout’s second straight two-homer game and his spectacular run-saving catch.Unfortunately for the Angels, the hitters besides Trout came up empty too often in the clutch, and four of the five pitchers gave up runs, including four homers. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros After winning six in a row, the Angels have now lost three in a row, including the first two of this series against the AL West-leading Mariners.“It’s tough,” Trout said. “We were playing good games. It seems like we go through a stretch and then have a couple bad games. (The Mariners) are hitting the ball well and they’re pitching good.”The Mariners have done enough to beat the Angels, even though they haven’t been able to stop Trout. He is now 14 for 22 with five homers against Seattle this season. His 31 homers against the Mariners in his career are his most against any opponent.“That’s a good club over there and they have a pretty good player on their team too,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We saw it again tonight. Mr. Trout is really tough to pitch to. Some of the pitches he hit out tonight were kind of where we wanted to throw them and he still does damage.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Mike Leake threw Trout an 0-and-2 slider below his knees in the fifth, and he hit it out. In the seventh, Ryan Cook threw a 2-and-2 changeup over the inner half, and Trout blasted it 412 feet. His two-run homer pulled the Angels within 4-3. “We just didn’t get anything going tonight,” Zack Cozart said. “Usually you have a couple guys in a slump and everyone else is carrying everything. Right now it feels like it’s more than a couple guys (in a slump), myself at the top of the list.“We’ll get it going. Our pitchers have been keeping us in the game so much. We can’t keep relying on them. We’ve got to start getting some stuff going offensively.”It wasn’t such a great night for the Angels pitchers either.Jaime Barría got hit hard over his five innings, and he was fortunate to get out of the game with only three runs allowed. The Mariners hit nine balls at 100 mph or harder against Barría. Two of them were homers by Mitch Haniger, a solo shot in the first and a two-run blast in the fifth.Barría would have given up at least one more run if Trout didn’t grab Nelson Cruz’s drive with a leaping catch at the fence in the third.“Jaime had to work hard,” Scioscia said. “Some of the mistakes caught up to him.”center_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Those were all the Angels runs, though.“We’re more than Mike,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “One guy can’t carry you. Mike is swinging the bat very well, but we need some other guys to get into their game.”The rest of the Angels combined for three hits, although they also hit a few balls hard that were right at fielders. Luis Valbuena had two of the hits, and he wasted one when he was thrown out at second trying to stretch his leadoff single in the sixth.The Angels were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, with Trout’s second homer being the only hit.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Clippers’ Paul George anticipates ‘fun’ reunion against Russell Westbrook


first_imgLOS ANGELES — All that offseason shaking and baking was the recipe for a liberal mix of delicious new matchups around the NBA – including Friday’s in L.A., pitting Paul George and Russell Westbrook against each other for the first time since they were Oklahoma City Thunder teammates.“It’ll be fun,” George said Friday at shootaround.Via offseason trades, George, a Palmdale native, landed in Southern California with Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers, and Westbrook was teamed with fellow Angeleno James Harden in Houston, with the Rockets.Although the George-Westbrook partnership didn’t advance past the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in the two seasons it lasted, it otherwise worked in a lot of ways – especially for George. “I knew it was going to work. Russ is a winner. Russ wants to win, Russ does whatever it takes to win,” George said. “My time playing with him, Russ don’t really have an ego. He puts his ego to the side. He allowed me to be myself, he allowed me to be comfortable. And I had one of the best (seasons) of my career while playing alongside him. Russ is a heckuva teammate.”He’s made Houston a heck of a lot more dangerous, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“He adds pace. I said that right away. when that trade happened,” Rivers said. “People were like, ‘This won’t fit.’ I was like, ‘Oh my god, Houston’s gonna have pace now.’ This is what the league’s coaches have always feared. They’re already a good offensive team, now add pace to that, that makes them tougher, and he’s done it.”George knows about that, too, he said, remembering having to alter even his off-the-court habits to keep up with Westbrook.“I had to change my diet, I had to change my conditioning,” George said. “Coming from the East to the West was a big adjustment, but then playing alongside Russ was an even bigger adjustment, just because he’s a blur. He gets up and down the court so fast and he creates action so fast that you got to be ready.”SHAMET UPDATE: SHOESRivers said he doesn’t know how long it will be before he can expect to reincorporate Landry Shamet, the Clippers’ second-year shooting guard – sidelined with an ankle sprain – back into the rotation.The Clippers have been bugging Shamet, Rivers said, just not about a return date.“We have this thing with Landry, and I think it’s irritating him, but we keep saying, ‘If you can put on a shoe, you can walk, if you can walk you can run, if you can run, you can sprint, if you can sprint you can play,’” Rivers said. “He’s wearing shoes now, so that’s better than what he was doing.“I talk to him every day, and I have yet to ask him, like, ‘When do you think you’re coming back?’ I just always think when a coach asks that question, a player thinks that’s pressure. So I literally never ask that question.“But,” Rivers confirmed, “he’s wearing shoes.” George finished third in league MVP voting last season, averaging career-highs of 28 points and 8.2 rebounds, and a career-high-tying 4.1 assists per game – despite shoulders that needed surgery once the season was over.So it was George’s own experience that told him that the Westbrook-Harden pairing would play out well for the Rockets, who entered Friday’s game 11-4.“They are one of the best teams in the West, so they are working well,” said George, who’s recently returned from the surgeries that repaired a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder and a partial tear of his left labrum, and who entered Friday’s game averaging 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his first four games with the Clippers.“I don’t really watch too much of the Rockets, but I know their standing and what their record is, and the indication of that is they are playing well this year.”While Westbrook came into Friday averaging 21.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.9 assists this season, Harden was averaging a league-best 38.4 points, 7.5 assists and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 42.9 percent.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more