The Green Fund's CannaCast – Episode 12: Australia's Largest Cannabis Study

The study represents the largest wide-scale medicinal cannabis research project in Australian history, with 20,000 patients nationwide expected to provide data.

Welcome to the twelfth episode of The Green Fund's CannaCast! The CannaCast features pre-eminent figures within the cannabis space, whether it be entrepreneurs, doctors, chefs, or CEO's of cannabis companies, we will be speaking to the people that have made waves in the cannabis industry.

In this episode, we speak with Dr John Barlow, the Principal Investigator for the Cannabinoid Medicine Observational Study (CMOS) that is currently being conducted by Applied Cannabis Research.

The study made headlines earlier this year due to its status as the largest wide-scale medicinal cannabis research project in Australian history, with 20,000 patients nationwide expected to provide data.

According to Applied Cannabis Research, the project presents a "first-of-its-kind opportunity" to study medical data from a wide range of Australian prescribers and patients.

This will allow the company to gain significant insight into numerous refractory conditions—including fibromyalgia, chronic pain syndromes, PTSD, epilepsy and other mental health and neurological conditions—with the eventual goal of determining the safety and efficacy profile of medicinal cannabis products.

"Knowing which type of cannabis to prescribe is one step closer thanks to research underway at Applied Cannabis Research," CMOS Principal Investigator Dr John Barlow said.

"Cannabis has been available legally for medicinal purposes since 2016, but with more than 100 cannabis products available in Australia, knowing what to prescribe and for what condition is becoming increasingly difficult."

"Through CMOS, we expect to be able to tell whether a particular cannabis product is effective in the treatment of a particular disease and give doctors guidance in their cannabis prescribing."

The CMOS is expected to run for five years—with patients to be recruited nationwide via medical centres, prescribing GP's, and specialists, and will offer subsidised medicinal cannabis products for eligible study participants.

We hope you enjoy this informative episode of The CannaCast with Dr John Barlow!

This episode was produced by Casey Peternell, the introduction theme music was created by Reni Mathason and the CannaCast image was created by Niccole Lim. You can find the episode on our Spotify as well as on Apple Podcasts.

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Hugo Gray
Hugo Gray

Hugo Gray is a Melbourne-based journalist with a body of work that covers a diverse range of topics, including immigration law, sex technology, and now the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.