Australia’s first medical marijuana study announced 113



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It’s a great step forward for those who are terminally ill or in chronic pain: finally, the first Australian trial for medical cannabis has been announced.

Yesterday, New South Wales Medical Research Minister Pru Goward said, “The intention of this trial is to test whether or not medical cannabis can improve the quality of life of patients in their final stages.

The Newcastle trial will involve the use of both vaporised leaf cannabis and a pharmaceutical, with the first results expected next year.

NSW Premier Mike Baird was enthusiastic about the research and its ability to improve the quality of life for thousands of terminally ill patients.

“Why are these people who are in the fight of their lives, why are they undertaking pharmacy in their backyards?”

“Why don’t we get the best minds in the country to see whether they can solve this and let those with terminal illnesses spend time with themselves and spend time with their family”. Do you agree?

The study will also look at how cannabis can eliminate feelings of fatigue, loss of appetite and insomnia.

ABC reports Newcastle University’s Professor Jennifer Martin said the trial is about finding what works.

“To find out what sort of dose gives people benefit if it exists and what dose actually gives side effects such as psychosis or feeling unwell,” she said.

“It will involve increasing doses of drug and measuring levels in the blood and linking those levels to patient benefits or side effects”.

Once these results are finalised, a second stage will be rolled out in other metro and regional areas of the country.


Tell us, is this great news? Do you know someone who is terminally ill who would benefit from medical cannabis?

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  1. I am looking forward to trying it. I am a broken down old mechanic and in my day we had no lifting gear only our bodies, LOL.

  2. Good news,too late for my Aunty, but hopefully in time for those who are seriously unable to find any form of pain relief,like she couldn’t.

  3. The oil is a great relaxant doesn’t make you high it just calms the body. It’s about time oh but the taste is horrid

  4. That’s right, my galfren’s son had a heart problem, he escaped the surgeon’s knife just by drinking its leafs steeped in hot water. He’s 18yrs old now very much alive n kicking around..

  5. Hasn’t there been enough studies down in other countries, e.g. Israel, Canada? They are wasting time, why is Australia any different? Studies will show that it s effective. Australia and New Zealand are the only countries in the world that it is illegal to take orally Hemp oil and hemp seeds.

    3 REPLY
    • It’s all about passing the buck, if something goes wrong they can’t blame a guy in Canada or Israel. So they need local testing and evaluation. Taking risks is not something our pollies are prepared to do.

    • Australian standards are quite different to other countries , it would be irresponsible for us to take another’s say so , I am happy that the trials have been approved , a positive step

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