The Medicinal Cannabis Research Collaboration (MCRC) conducts high quality research on medicinal cannabis products. This research will have several outcomes including high-quality publications, research grants, student training as well as improving industry and community health outcomes.
Medicinal cannabis products are increasingly being prescribed in Australia. There are many claims about the beneficial use of these products for a wide range of conditions, yet many of these claims lack solid scientific backing.
There are different types of cannabis plants, which can contain over 400 various compounds in the raw form. We research cannabis products using known stable active components, so that treatment outcomes can be compared and replicated.
The two main active components that are the current focus of our research are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). However, there are many other components that may be beneficial and will be the focus of research in the future.
Our research aims to establish which cannabis compounds and dosage levels are effective, and for which conditions and symptoms. We are also interested in how certain cannabis compounds affect behaviour and performance, such as how certain compounds affect driving abilities.