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 a 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 with 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 its 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 neuroprotection 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 patients in the last 15 years, I'd say about 200 different medical conditions respond favourably 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 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 effective 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 behaviour 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 in 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 in 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 lessening the emotional impact of traumatic events, reduce anxiety and fear, and improve sleep

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