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.
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 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 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