Project Twenty21 Medical Cannabis Study Expands to Australia

Project Twenty21, an ambitious large-scale cannabis study originally based in the U.K. is now expanding into Australia where it is recruiting participants. The project, which was originally launched in 2019 has so far enrolled 2000 participants in the U.K. Its goal in Australia is to enlist at least 1000 participants, all of which will have access to low-cost cannabis medicines.

Project Twenty21 was launched in 2019 with the aims of establishing a large body of evidence on the efficacy and tolerability of medical cannabis, and providing patients with access to the medicine at a reduced price. Originally launched in the UK, it’s now in Australia and looking for participants.

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Project Twenty21 First Extended in the UK

The latter goal of Project Twenty21 was achieved through partnerships with licensed producers to subsidize the cost; the quid pro quo being that patients had to consent to their medical data being collected by the organization leading the initiative, Drug Science.

Although Project Twenty21 fell short of its ambitious target of reaching 20,000 patients by the end of last year, with only 2,000 patients registered, it has been extended until the end of 2022 in the UK. This extension is accompanied by changes in the pricing of medical cannabis.

Project Twenty21 Extension to Australia

Drug Science announced that the project would also operate in Australia in collaboration with the Australasian College of Cannabinoid Medicine (ACCM), the research arm of Releaf Group.

The Australian arm of the Project Twenty21 study, which will be conducted at Releaf Clinics, will focus on collecting data on the efficacy and safety of medical cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and multiple sclerosis. People participating in the study will be asked to complete online questionnaires every three months for 12 months.

Reduced-price Cannabis Available to 1000+ Study Participants

“By engaging at least 1,000 patients locally, Project Twenty21 intends to track the outcomes of their medical cannabis treatments to gain valuable information that will help improve patient care in Australia,” said Releaf Group scientific director and researcher Professor Kylie O’Brien.

Among other Project Twenty21 criteria, eligible participants must be in the process of seeing or have just seen a Releaf Clinics clinician. People already using cannabis for medical purposes cannot participate. Cannabis-based medicines prescribed to study participants will be available at a reduced price for the duration of their participation.

The results of the Project Twenty21 study will be made public on the ACCM website and submitted to peer-reviewed journals for publication.

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