Lifehouse launched the world’s largest trial of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy treatment. The first patient was recruited to the trial in January and more than 300 will be recruited across New South Wales. Chemotherapy side effects can cause these patients significant nausea and unfortunately, they do not respond to the usual anti-nausea medication.
Lead Researcher, Associate Professor Peter Grimison, said: “The role of cannabis medicines in alleviating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting is still unclear, and this study aims to provide a definitive answer to this question.”
The trial builds on a Spanish study which found that a spray form of cannabis medicine seemed to dramatically reduce nausea and vomiting in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. The trial aims to replicate these results in a rigorous clinical setting using a capsule imported from Canada.
A/Professor Peter Grimison pictured with former NSW Premier Mike Baird