Cannabis-Based Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
Professor Iain S. McGregor
This talk will highlight research from the Lambert Initiative around the legal use of medicinal cannabis in Australia for the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and autism, as well as the widespread use of illicit cannabis for self-medication of psychiatric conditions.
Current preclinical drug discovery programs with strong potential for treating mental health conditions and current collaborative clinical trials will be described showing beneficial effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in intractable youth anxiety, preliminary positive signs for THC/CBD in Tourette syndrome and investigation of CBD effects in alcohol withdrawal, methamphetamine dependence and early psychosis.
About Professor Iain S. McGregor
Iain McGregor is Professor of Psychopharmacology, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Academic Director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics in the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney.
Iain has more than 20 years of experience in cannabinoid research. The Lambert Initiative aims to fast track research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids in various disease states including mental health conditions.