The best medical cannabis sites & resources every Australian needs
The most comprehensive information and resources on Medical Cannabis and CBD oil
We’ve done the research so you don’t have to, with this comprehensive list of organisations who are involved in the Medical Cannabis industry in Australia and internationally. We’ve compiled and reviewed lists of patient-advocacy groups, law-reform activists, as well as cannabis-oil education, research, and more, so you have access to the most comprehensive information and resources on Medical Cannabis and CBD oil you’ll ever need.
PATIENT ADVOCACY GroUPS
Patient advocacy is concerned with advocacy for patients, survivors, and carers. The patient advocate may be an individual or an organisation, often, though not always, concerned with one specific group of disorders. Advocacy is an activity by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions.
United in Compassion (UIC)
High-profile and extremely active in patient advocacy, Lucy Haslam’s motivation is summed up in the ABC’s Australian Story documentary: Doing it for Dan. See our detailed review for more info or visit their website
Patient advocacy, Law reform (Aust), Lucy Haslam
|UNITED IN COMPASSION|
|Organisation||United in Compassion|
|Audience/Who’s it for?||United in Compassion is primarily a patient advocacy group, which advocates for, “access to Full Spectrum herbal Medicinal Cannabis extracts and dried herb Cannabis”.|
|Location||New South Wales, Australia|
|Mission||“Our primary mission is advocating for patient access to Full Spectrum herbal medicinal Cannabis extracts and dried herb Cannabis; in a manner which is safe, effective, affordable, equitable and favourable for patients, for the dignified relief of suffering.”|
|Founders/Who’s behind it||At just 20 years old, Lucy Haslam’s son Dan was diagnosed with bowel cancer. In an effort to fight the ravaging effects of his treatments, Dan turned to medical cannabis sourced on the black market. Although it was too late for Dan, who passed away in 2015 aged 25, Haslam founded United in Compassion to advocate for law reform and patient access. Gaining 250,000 signatures from their change.org petition, Haslam’s push for law reform has attracted the attention and backing of several high-profile patrons, including Australian politicians and celebrities such as Mike Baird and Olivia Newton John.|
|Community activity||In addition to ongoing educational and fundraising events, which you can find on their Facebook page, United in Compassion’s major annual event is the Medicinal Cannabis Symposium with keynote speakers and panelists drawn from the who’s who of the Australian and international medical-cannabis industries.
You can also become a member and make a donation here to support their mission of access to medicinal cannabis for everyone who needs it.
|Cool features/useful links||One of the most valuable features of this page is free access to videos of all of the keynote speakers from the Medicinal Cannabis Symposiums. Find the 2017 videos here.
There are lots of other great educational links on their website here, including several documentaries. The ABC’s Doing it for Dan Australian Story documentary highlights the emotional and personal story of Dan’s fight, and why the Haslams now do what they do.
|Ease of use/review||If you have ever wondered what you would do if you or your loved ones needed urgent access to medical cannabis, then the Haslam’s story may be just the reason you need to get behind the issue of medical cannabis reform in Australia.|
|Address||P.O. Box 775, Tamworth NSW 2340|
|Contact United in Compassion through their website form here.|
|Social Media||Facebook page|
Anyone who will ever need affordable access to medical cannabis should be interested in the work of this grass-roots, law-reform focused organisation run by Australia’s Canna Nannas’. See our detailed review for more info. (Facebook page, 16K) Visit their website.
Patient advocacy, Law reform (Aust)
|MEDICAL CANNABIS USERS’ ASSOCIATION|
|Organisation||Medical Cannabis Users’ Association (MCUA)|
|Audience/Who’s it for?||Anyone who will ever need affordable access to medical cannabis should be interested in the work of this grass-roots, law-reform focused organisation.|
|Mission||MCUA’s mission is clearly one of law reform through education and lobbying: “We ultimately seek cannabis law reform throughout Australia and our activities are focused on lobbying Australian governments at all levels and all sides of politics”.|
|Founders/Who’s behind it||Perhaps more famously known as the Canna Nannas—and with their own very personal stories driving them to tirelessly crusade for law reform— Deb Lynch and Gail Hester are the driving force behind MCUA.|
|Community activity||With nearly 17,000 members, the associated Facebook group is very active. You can become a member of the MCUA for just $5, and throw your support behind medical-cannabis law reform.|
|Cool features/useful links||Probably the best thing about this website is the voice this organisation gives to thousands of ordinary people. Check out the patient stories section here.|
|Ease of use/review||Whilst not the slickest looking site, what is lacks in Gucci it gains in the passion of the founders and their followers to seek real and practical law reform in relation to medical cannabis in Australia. People power at its finest.|
|Address||P.O. Box 1507, Beenleigh Qld 4207|
|Phone||0401 979 092|
|[email protected] or via website contact form|
|Social Media||Facebook Group|
American, Rick Simpson, became accidentally famous for curing neurological symptoms he suffered after a workplace accident, as well as his own skin cancer. “Rick Simpson Oil” is not so much a type of oil, but Rick’s own method of making Full Extract Cannabis Oil. Run from the Cure is the now famous documentary about Rick’s story.
Patient advocacy (USA), Rick Simpson
With a hugely popular social following, this education focused US based site should be on your list of must have resources. For an example of how practical this site is, check out the easy-to-follow article on how to make and use raw cannabis juice.
Patient advocacy | Education (USA)
Inspired by Rick Simpson’s story, Lincoln Horsley is a man on a mission. Deciding that nature’s cure was being kept from the people, Lincoln started Cure Your Own Cancer to get the word out to anyone who needs it.Check out the dosage info here. The article on Biochemist, Dennis Hill’s story is also worth a read.
Patient advocacy (USA)
Attempts at medicinal cannabis law reform in Australia are not new. However, in historical perspective 2015 and 2016 will be seen as the time when community debate about legalisation of medicinal cannabis reached a tipping point in a number of Australian jurisdictions and when community impetus for change resulted in major reform initiatives.
On 17 October 2015, the Federal Government announced that it would legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes. On 24 February 2016, the Australian parliament made amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act that legalised the growing of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes. Subsequently, the usage of medicinal cannabis was legalised at the federal level on 1 November 2016 – as of November 2016, medicinal cannabis can be prescribed in New South Wales and Western Australia, with all other states and territories except South Australia and the Northern Territory to follow in 2017.
On 17 February 2017, The Office of Drug Control in the Federal Department of Health issued the very first Cannabis Research licence under the medicinal cannabis provisions of the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967.
Anyone who will ever need affordable access to medical cannabis should be interested in the work of this grass-roots, law-reform focused organisation run by Australia’s Canna Nannas’.
Patient advocacy, Law reform (Aust)
Based in Australia’s unofficial cannabis capital in Nimbin NSW, this political party has a clear agenda of law reform and legalisation. Check out the event listings on their hugely popular Facebook page.Party branches can be found here.
Law reform (Aust)
Describing themselves as “patients and carers advocating for medical cannabis reform in Queensland”, this group are fairly active in organising marches and rallies and have a reasonable Facebook following
Law reform (Aust, Qld)
Of interest for anyone who wants to become conversant with the legalities of the booming worldwide medical-cannabis industry, this blog is written by US-based lawyers whose focus is “legal support for the cannabis industry”.
Law support (USA)
Self-appointed as the “cannabis queen of Beverly Hills” and as the “world’s first cannabis branding personality”, Cheryl Shuman is the Exec Director of this FB-only organisation.The group has a very active event schedule focused on conversations around law reform.
Facebook Page (540K likes)
Law reform (USA)
Founded in 1970, US-based NORML’s mission has always been one of ending cannabis prohibition. Their raison d’être is “lobbying for reform” primarily for recreational users, not medical-cannabis patients per se.
Law reform (Global)
EDUCATION & RESEARCH
These websites and organisations are committed to education and research and coordinate rigorous scientific studies to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis compounds for treating medical conditions.
Project CBD is your information go-to for all things medical cannabis. Based in the USA, it is an educational resource for pretty much everyone, from beginners to advanced.See our detailed review for more info.
|Audience/Who’s it for?||Project CBD is your information go-to for all things medical cannabis. Based in the USA, it is an educational resource for pretty much everyone, from beginners to advanced.|
|Mission||Project CBD’s main mission is to provide educational services and promote and publicise “research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant”.|
|Founders/Who’s behind it||Project CBD was founded in 2010 by two journalists—Martin A. Lee & Fred Gardner—with a journalistic background in covering the emerging medical cannabis story.|
|Community activity||With over 36,000 likes on their active Facebook page, Project CBD hosts or publicises a number of educational events every year, mainly in the USA, including intimate meet and greets with the founders.|
|Cool features/useful links||If you were told you could only choose one thing to read on this website, the CBD User’s Manual would be that thing, especially for beginners. Start with the user’s manual, then explore the vast amount of useful information this site has to offer. You can also sign up to their informative newsletter here.|
|Ease of use/review||The website is well set out and easy to navigate for beginners, with plenty of rabbit holes and detours for the more advanced and curious of mind.|
|Contact Project CBD via the website contact form.|
Medihuanna –Medical Cannabis Education
Easy to navigate, Dr Teresa Towpik’s site is a valuable educational resource, particularly in terms of moving more and more Australian doctors from a place of complacency and ignorance, to one of championing the vast benefits of medical cannabis.See our detailed review for more info.
Education (Aust), Dr Teresa Towpik
|Organisation||MediHuanna – Medical Cannabis Education|
|Audience/Who’s it for?||This site is for health professionals and patients, with an emphasis on promoting greater awareness and acceptance amongst doctors through education and science.|
|Location||New South Wales, Australia|
|Mission||Dr Towpik’s aim is to, “provide a non-biased source of education designed to equip health professionals and patients with a thorough understanding of cannabis science while aiming to remove the negative stigma of the past.”|
|Founders/Who’s behind it||Medihuanna was founded by former medical-cannabis sceptic turned proponent, Dr Teresa Towpik. “We believe that through education will come acceptance of cannabis as a respected medicine.”
Dr Towpik—who works in general practice in the Blue Mountains, NSW—has this to say about the heavy bias towards evidence-based medicine, “We need balance and we need to listen to patients as well.”
|Community activity||As a political lobbyist, Dr Towpik really gets down to business in her 2018 letter to Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, stating her support for over-the-counter access to any strength of CBD and 1% THC products, as well as legalised home-growing up to five plants.
“The government should stop controlling health professionals and focus on ensuring that high quality medicinal cannabis is consistently delivered.” Read the full letter here.
You can also see Dr Towpik speak at various events, usually posted on the MediHuanna Facebook page.
|Cool features/useful links||For $59.95 anyone can register for Dr Towpik’s e-learning course—MC 101 Introduction to Medical Cannabis for Health Professionals and Patients— and learn some fairly thorough basic foundations. Although not currently accredited, they are looking to get Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certification.|
|Ease of use/review||Easy to navigate, this site is a valuable educational resource, particularly in terms of moving more and more Australian doctors from a place of complacency and ignorance, to one of championing the vast benefits of medical cannabis.|
|Via website contact form|
|Social Media||Facebook page|
|MEDICAL CANNABIS CLINIC|
|Organisation||Medical Cannabis Clinic, Australia|
|Audience/Who’s it for?||Although currently unable to supply medical cannabis, this educational site is primarily targeted at prospective patients, through an online consultation model.|
|Location||New South Wales, Australia|
|Mission||“Our aim is to treat and manage patient symptoms and diseases with compassion and excellence.”|
|Founders/Who’s behind it||Whilst the founders remain well under the radar, Dr Donald Abrams, Professor of Medicine at the University of California and Chief of Haematology-Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital has been strategically appointed as the Chief Medical Advisor. Dr Abrams has been involved with medical cannabis since 1992, whilst working with AIDS patients.|
|Community activity||There is no community activity to speak of. This organisation appears to be providing educational resources on its website on the presumption of being able to legally supply medical cannabis at some point in the future.|
|Cool features/useful links||The A-Z of conditions is worth a look, as are the infographics. You can find the A-Z here. Also hear from Dr Abrams at this link.|
|Ease of use/review||Well laid out, this website is a good source of information and education. However, indicative of its medical and focus is the disclaimer on the page, which says: “MCCA intends for its products to be used as an adjunct to other treatments and not an alternative.”|
|Address||MLC Centre, Level 53 | 19-29 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
(not open to the public)
|Phone||1300 289 226 (or Live Chat via the website)|
|Social Media||Facebook Page|
A single, multi-million donation from the Lambert family, saw the establishment of this research initiative at the University of NSW. From an information point of view, this site is full of useful background and research information.
Research (Aust, Uni of NSW)
United patients group provides Medical Cannabis resources for Medical Institutions, Physicians, Pharmacists, Nurses, Patients and Organizations. it’s educational resources for patients are well set out and worth a look. The directory of compassionate medical providers would be a welcome resource for Australian consumers.
Research, Education (USA)
Canna Tech is a global medical-cannabis conference conducted in several international locations, annually. Organised by the big business end of town over at iCAN, it prides itself on showcasing cannabis innovation.
Opportunity Expo (Israel)
Israel have long been held up as the pioneers of medical cannabis. iCAN is the umbrella for a number of companies. Self-described as the “leading Israeli developer of cannabis based formulations, clinical trials, and cannabis testing”, iCAN is the grand-poobah of the cannabis industry in Israel.
Education | Supply (Israel)
Established for health professionals in the USA to provide research and education. They offer a 12-part online course that is Continuing Medical Education (CME) certified for US health professionals.
Professional Education (USA)
TMCI has developed an extensive online learning catalogue, providing paid education for healthcare professionals and clinicians.Many of the courses are Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) certified.
Professional Education (USA)
Worth a mention due to the sheer size of its Facebook following, HERB describes itself as sitting at “the intersection of culture and cannabis.” Some might view it as a site for stoners, but the information on strains is comprehensive from a wellness standpoint.
News service (USA)
Facebook Groups & Pages
|MAIN PURPOSE | FACEBOOK GROUPS||NAME|
|Patient Advocacy | Law reform (Aust), 16K||MCUA Medical Cannabis Users Association of Australia|
|MCUA sub branches (Aust)|
|Community (Aust), 11K members||Medical Cannabis Australia – Patient Support Group|
|Community (Aust), 14K members||Medical Cannabis Oil – Australia|
|Law reform (Aust), 5.5K members||Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party of Australia|
|Community (Aust), Jenny Hallam, 4K members||Medical Cannabis for Australians|
|Community (Aust), Deb Lynch, 1K members||Canna Nannas|
|Community (Aust)||Cannabis Compassion Australia (FB page, not group)|
|Community (USA), 156K members||Medical Marijuana for cancer & any other disease process|
|Community (USA), 153K members||Cannabis Oil Success Stories|
|Community (USA), 73K members||CBD Oil Users Group|
|Community (USA, global), 26K members||Cannabis Oil Success Stories CBD|
|Community (USA), 24K members||Magical Butter Users United|
|Community (USA), 8K members||Moms for Marijuana International|
|Community (Canada), 5K members||Global Cannabis Education|
|Community (USA), 2K members||Epilepsy Parent Cannabis Support|
|Community (USA), 1.5K members||Parents 4 Pot Cannabis Education Group|
|Community (USA), 0.7K members||The IWCC Discussion Group|
These websites and organisations are general interest websites related to medicinal cannabis that don’t fit into the categories above.
Caught somewhere between advocacy, education, and research, the MCC describes itself as, “Australia’s peak national industry association representing cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, ancillary organisations, education and advocacy groups, researchers and more.” If you’re not an industry member, a $20 donation will get you annual access to the Resources page.
Production & Industry (Aust)
Touted as the biggest supplier of medical cannabis in Israel, Tikun Olam describe themselves as a “vertically integrated company from plant cultivation to patient administration”. This list of their completed and in-progress research is worth a look.
Growers | Medical (Israel)
Like most pages that are built on the passion of one person, it is a bit long and rambly with no immediately clear purpose. That aside, their intentions are good and based on helping interested people form an informed opinion on the topic. Check out their compilation of videos, docos, and films here.
Information | Opinion
In an interview with Sydney Criminal Lawyers, Dr David Caldicott—medical-cannabis researcher at the Australian Medical Cannabis Observatory and United in Compassion patron—sums up the political and legal situation in Australia with regard to medical cannabis: “There’s no real moral obligation as far as the government is concerned to sort patients out. And what you might expect from this shade of politics is that the language is all about making profit and export.” Check out this survey on medical cannabis use, and help the AMCO with their research..
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