Cannabis study pin­points Cairns

The Weekend Post - - News -

DANIEL BATE­MAN and the col­lec­tion and chem­i­cal anal­y­sis of cannabis-based ex­tracts al­ready be­ing used in or­der to link cannabi­noid con­tent to its per­ceived ther­a­peu­tic ef­fects.

In Queens­land, pa­tients can be pre­scribed cannabis with the ap­proval of Queens­land Health and the Ther­a­peu­tic Goods Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

How­ever PEL­I­CAN re­search of­fi­cer Ruth Black­burn said the team had heard from sev­eral peo­ple that the ap­provals process was too com­plex.

“There’s a lot of frus­tra­tion about how hard it is to access it, and how dif­fi­cult it is to nav­i­gate the sys­tem that’s in place at the mo­ment,” she said, adding that the cur­rent sys­tem did not al­low peo­ple to con­sider medic­i­nal cannabis as a first-line treat­ment for epilepsy.

“The peo­ple who might ben­e­fit from medic­i­nal cannabis are the peo­ple with re­frac­tory epilepsy, who don’t re­spond to any other anti-epilepsy drugs,” she said. “So it’s of­ten peo­ple who are at the end of the line in terms of treat­ment, and peo­ple that have tried drugs and none of them have worked.” The PEL­I­CAN Study work­shop will be held at Strat­ford Li­brary on Fri­day, from 9.30am to 11.30am.

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