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Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics

Advancing cannabinoid-based treatments in mainstream medicine

The Lambert Initiative was created when Barry and Joy Lambert made a $33.7 million donation for research into the therapeutic use of medicinal cannabis.

The Lambert initiative is an Australian first in the field of medicinal cannabinoids. We are targeting a range of conditions including paediatric epilepsy, cancer, chronic pain, obesity, neurological, and mental health disorders.

Our aim is to optimise safe and effective cannabinoid therapeutics into mainstream medicine in Australia and beyond to deliver long overdue benefits for patients and to alleviate suffering.


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A survey for pharmacists on cannabidiol (CBD)

An anonymous online survey (~15 min)

This survey is being conducted to explore the current experiences, beliefs and professional education needs of pharmacists in relation to CBD and other medicinal cannabis products.

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Medicinal cannabis: where are we?

8 March 2021. Prof Iain McGregor and A/Prof Vicki Kotsirilos provide an updated summary on the medicinal cannabis landscape in Australia - evidence, products, prescribers, and patient access. InSight+, Medical Journal of Australia

Medicinal cannabis for IBD survey one of top articles for 2020

"Medicinal Cannabis for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Survey of Perspectives, Experiences, and Current Use in Australian Patients" was selected as one of the top 3 articles in 2020 for the Journal Crohn's & Colitis 360. Listen to Iain discuss the research as part of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation "Best of 2020" webinar, starting from approx 51:54

Can cannabis be used to treat childhood epilepsy?

Anastasia Suraev discusses the 'Paediatric Epilepsy Lambert Initiative Cannabinoid Analysis’ (PELICAN) study, which examined the experiences of parents that had used illicit cannabis extracts to treat their child’s epilepsy and analysed the contents of the extracts with surprising results.

Guide to prescribing medicinal cannabis top article for 2020

Listed as the top Australian Prescriber article for 2020 was a guide on prescribing medicinal cannabis in Australia written by Associate Professor Jonathon Arnold, Dr Tamara Nation, and Professor Iain McGregor.
02 December 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) in cannabis does not impair driving, landmark study shows

Scientists from the Lambert Initiative have shown that a medically active component of cannabis does not impact driving ability and moderate THC intoxication lasts a few hours, with implications for drug-driving laws and managing medical cannabis.

Why more people are turning to medicinal cannabis

Professor Iain McGregor, the academic director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, provides expert commentary on the current landscape of medicinal cannabis access in Australia.
10 November 2020

Has legalising medicinal cannabis made a difference?

The University of Sydney is launching CAMS20 - an online survey of Australian medicinal cannabis use over the past 12 months. This survey will provide an updated snapshot on how Australians are currently using cannabis medicinally.
16 September 2020

Australia unprepared for over-the-counter medical cannabis sales

Professor Iain McGregor from the Lambert Initiative says it is time for Australia to have a mature approach to consumer access to safe and effective cannabinoid products without a prescription.

Over-the-counter medicinal cannabis plan not what it seems, experts warn

Medicinal cannabis could be available over-the-counter in Australia by next year as the national medicines regulator weighs a proposal to allow it to be sold without a prescription, but some experts warn the approach could backfire.
08 September 2020

Medical cannabis study for spinal injury pain wins NSW Health funding

Treatments for chronic pain caused by spinal injury can cause side effects almost as difficult as the pain it is treating. Experts at the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics and Brain and Mind Centre will see if cannabidiol is an effective alternative.

How Australians use medical cannabis since legislation: new survey

Australians report using medicinal cannabis for chronic pain, mental health and sleep with the majority sourcing cannabis illicitly, despite medicinal cannabis being legal, a new survey from the University of Sydney has revealed.

The Lambert Family

It's a story of love and hope for their young granddaughter, Katelyn, that inspired the donation by Barry and Joy Lambert. Their donation is set to transform the lives of many people.