Skip to main content
The Lambert Initiative researchers with former premier Mike Baird and Vice Chancellor Michael Spence

News highlights

Medicinal cannabis news from around the world

Update: From September 2019, we will be now be sharing the latest medicinal cannabis news and views via our Twitter account and will no longer be updating this page and distributing the Lambert Initiative weekly news digest.

Lambert Initiative in the news

05 October 2021

'Mother of all cannabinoids': anti-seizure compounds found in cannabis

The team at the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics is focused on developing a better cannabis-based treatment for Dravet syndrome, an intractable form of childhood epilepsy.

New Research on THC-Impaired Driving Shows Not All Skills Affected Equally by Cannabis

Patients prescribed CBD-only medications are unlikely to test positive for THC during random roadside drug testing, our research has found.

When drugs collide

Dr Lyndsey Anderson discusses her research on cannabinoids interacting with conventional medications in The Cannabis Scientist
22 July 2021

'An entourage effect': new clues on how low-dose CBD products work

Research from the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics shows that hemp extracts deliver high concentrations of cannabinoid acids in mice due to a 'pharmacokinetic entourage' mechanism.

Researchers secure funding to assess medicinal cannabis for children with advanced cancer

Researchers have received almost $700,000 from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to assess the effectiveness, safe dosage and side-effects of two medicinal cannabis products for managing symptoms in children with advanced cancer.

Survey: Pharmacists, Are you ready for low-dose cannabidiol products?

Researchers from the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics and the Sydney Pharmacy School at the University of Sydney are surveying pharmacists to identify attitudes towards, experiences with and education level on prescription medicinal cannabis and low-dose CBD.

New research reveals how long it takes for cannabis impairment to subside - ABC News

11 April 2021. New research has shown for the first time how long cannabis users are likely to be impaired and when it may be safe for them to drive.

Call to reform drug driving laws as study shows impairment lasts hours - Sydney Morning Herald

11 April 2021. Researchers at the University of Sydney say drug driving laws are “out of date” and should reflect the results of a new study that found impairment after taking cannabis lasted about three to 10 hours

Medicinal cannabis blacklisted by Australian pain specialists - Sydney Morning Herald

23 March 2021. “Let’s give medicinal cannabis the benefit of the doubt while the hundreds of clinical trials around the world build the evidence base for their use.” Prof McGregor provides a rationale to challenge the ANZCA''s rejection of medicinal cannabis.

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.