A pair of Australian researchers are getting ready to conduct the world’s first clinical trial to determine if medical cannabis can slow the growth of glioblastoma, a highly aggressive type of brain tumor. There are about 1,000 people diagnosed with glioblastoma each year in Australia alone, with fewer than 5 percent surviving past five years. Horrifically, survival in most cases is less than a year, with some patients passing away in as quickly as six months. But the possibility of medical cannabis treatments are bringing people with the severe brain tumors hope.

Researchers have conducted several animal studies on cannabis and cancer. There have also been some landmark human studies on cannabis and brain tumors. But Brisbane naturopath Dr. Janet Schloss and renowned neurosurgeon Professor Charlie Teo will be the first to study the effectiveness of THC as a companion treatment to standard surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation in patients with glioblastoma.

Australian Researchers to Conduct World-First Study on Brain Cancer and Medical Cannabis

Australia legalized certain medical cannabis products in 2017, making it legal for doctors to prescribe medical cannabis treatments. But legalization also removed long-standing restrictions on scientific cannabis research. Previously, researchers were only able to conduct trials that studied the

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