What is medicinal cannabis and why is it important?

Uncover the essential aspects of medicinal cannabis and cannabinoid therapies, encompassing crucial terminology, a concise historical overview, and the ways in which the Lambert Initiative is revealing the medical and health advantages of this remarkable plant.

The University of Sydney

Our research concentrates on exploring the medical and health advantages of cannabis to develop innovative cannabinoid-based treatments for various ailments. The plant’s illegal status has hindered our understanding of its ancient properties. However, a recent shift in perspective has led to increased acknowledgment of its medicinal benefits and a growing number of countries legalising medicinal cannabis use.

Now more than ever, it is essential to reinforce and broaden the evidence supporting the plant’s medicinal applications. Through conducting research and educating the medical community and the general public, we aim to challenge preconceptions, transform perspectives, and ultimately improve patient access to medicinal cannabis.

What are the health benefits of cannabis?

Cannabis-derived treatments have numerous potential applications, with ongoing clinical studies exploring new possibilities.

A groundbreaking phase III placebo-controlled trial recently demonstrated that CBD significantly reduced seizures in children with epilepsy.

A comprehensive review by the USA National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found substantial evidence supporting the use of cannabinoids for:

  • Chronic pain
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • Spasticity in multiple sclerosis.

Additionally, they concluded that there was moderate evidence for using cannabinoids to:

Enhance sleep in individuals affected by specific conditions, such as chronic pain

Other areas with limited but promising evidence, which require further investigation, include treatment for:

  • PTSD
  • Appetite and weight loss in HIV and AIDS patients
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Social anxiety
  • Traumatic brain injury and brain haemorrhage.

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