Medical Cannabis White Paper Reports 


In 2016 BuddingTech, MGC Pharmaceuticals and the University of Sydney Business School published two white papers on medical cannabis.


Released in March 2016, the Medical Cannabis in Australia: Science, Regulation & Industry paper sets out the key challenges, risks and opportunities associated with establishing a national medicinal cannabis scheme in Australia. 

Released in September 2016, the Clinical Evidence for Medicinal Cannabis: Epilepsy, Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis paper explores sources of evidence from animal trials, uncontrolled & small clinical studies, and model-based evidence. 

Why Medical Cannabis

Over the past decade, medical cannabis has become widely accepted as an natural alternative medicine for those who can't be sufficiently helped with current pharmaceutical drugs. Many studies, and more recently clinical trials, are showing that medical cannabis presents significant health benefits to patients for a range of illnesses.

Medical Cannabis contains a number of Cannabinoids, which are chemicals unique to the plant. Our primary focus is Cannabidiol (CBD), the cannabinoid compound known for it's medical benefits. CBD has a wide scope of medical applications for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without any psychoactive effects. In addition to this CBD does not have the psychoactivity of THC (another type of cannabinoid).

Medical Cannabis & The Human Body

The Sativa plant (Cannabis Sativa) has a long history as a medicinal plant and was fundamental in the discovery of the Endocannabinoid system within the human body. Cannabinoid receptors and cannabinoids together constitute the Endocannabinoid system – one of the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.

The Endocannabinoid system covers all cells and nerves; it is the messenger of information flowing between our immune system and the central nervous system. It is responsible for neuro-protection, and micro-manages the immune system. This is the primary control system that maintains homeostasis; the stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment. Cannabinoids promote homeostasis at every level of biological life, from the sub-cellular, to the organism.

Medical cannabis is a natural medicine, which has used across the world for thousands of years. 

Important Facts 

The following lists important information about the benefits of medical cannabis

  • A professor at Harvard Medical School quotes "There are no deaths from cannabis use. Anywhere. You can't find one"

  • A former national administrator of the U.S. government's marijuana research programs quoted "After dealing with about 10,000 patents in the last 15 years, I'd say about 200 different medical conditions respond favorably to cannabis,"

  • Evidence suggests Medical Cannabis may help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve lung health

  • Studies have found Medical Cannabis has profound effect on epilepsy - the plant is effective at significantly decreasing the frequency of seizures and has the potential of offering complete seizure freedom

  • Studies show Medical Cannabis has the capability of helping cancer patients manage the nausea, pain and weight loss related to cancer treatments, and even limit the growth or kill cancer cells

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis eases the pain of Multiple Sclerosis

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis effectively slows the progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and helps patients manage the disease’s associated symptoms

  • A study showed that Medical Cannabis lessens side-effects from treating hepatitis C and increases treatment effectiveness

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis to be an affective treatment for some aspects of anorexia disorder

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis can help curtail the pain, sleeping problems and spasms often associated with Arnold-Chiari Malformation

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis helps make side effects of HIV/AIDS treatment more manageable

  • Medical Cannabis has been shown to treat inflammatory bowel diseases

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis decreases intra-ocular pressure for Glaucoma patients

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis can help with autism by repairing the brain’s ability to send clear signals, thus improve behavior and communication

  • Researchers have used Medical Cannabis relieve arthritis discomfort

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis can boost bone density and assist in healing

  • Medical Cannabis is used to improve the symptoms of Lupus, an autoimmune disorder

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis is highly effective at lowering all types of pain, including the pain that’s shown to be resistant to other treatments

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis can improve Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome), by boosting appetite and increasing body weight and energy levels

  • Research has shown Medical Cannabis soothes tremors for people with Parkinson's disease

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis reduces the risk of diabetes, can help treat diabetes once its developed, and assists in the management of pain associated with the disease

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis reduces inflammation and pain caused by the lupus

  • Studies show that a cannabinoid found in marijuana can help combat the progression of cirrhosis and other liver disorders

  • A study showed Medical Cannabis might help protect the brain from damage caused by stroke

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis reduces pain caused by migraines

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis is effective at helping patients manage symptoms associated with ,mitochondrial disease

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis helps with spinal cord disease, improving pain, sleep, and spasms that arise

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis effects Schizophrenia and can serve as an antipsychotic treatment

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis helps reduce pain and involuntary muscle contractions related to muscular dystrophy

  • Studies have shown Medical Cannabis can help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by lessing the emotional impact of traumatic events, reduce anxiety and fear, and improve sleep


The following is a list of documentaries which explore multiple topics regarding medical cannabis

    The Scientist

    The Future of Weed: High Country

    When We Grow This Is What We Can Do

    Clearing The Smoke: The Science Of Cannabis

    Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health

    American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny 2

    Dr Sanjay Gupta: Weed - CNN Special Documentary

    Cannabis Culture - Marijuana and his impact Human Health Documentary

    The Union The Business Behind Getting High


    Reports & References

    The following are a list of reports and references which explore multiple topics regarding medical cannabis

    Clinical Applications for Cannabis & Cannabinoids

    Medical Use of Cannabis (Marijuana)

    Havard Medical Marijuana Report

    Medical Marijuana: Clearing Away the Smoke

    Medicinal Cannabis – Regulatory Framing


    Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base

    (Re)introducing medicinal cannabis

    Medical cannabis: time for clear thinking

    Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes

    Australian Medical Student Journal - Medical Cannabis