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Dec 3, 2021 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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“What we’re ultimately trying to do is find an effective treatment for a condition that affects a lot of people in Australia and results in a lot of knee replacement surgeries.”

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Australian Football League (AFL) coach Damien Hardwick has invested in Levin Health, a cannabis start-up whose advisory board includes basketball legend Lauren Jackson, AFL great Alastair Clarkson and champion jockey Damien Oliver.

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The Melbourne-based medical cannabis company develops medicines to treat chronic pain and other sports-related conditions.

A 10-month trial, in partnership with La Trobe University, is set to begin in the new year and will focus on treating chronic knee and hip pain with cannabis-based products, reports 7News.

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  2. The trials are being conducted by Zelira Therapeutics, a medical cannabis company, and seek to demonstrate the efficacy of medical cannabis for patients who traditionally rely on opioids for chronic pain. 

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Awarded a cultivation licence from the Australian Office of Drug Control in April 2019, the company currently has a range of products available to medical cannabis consumers.

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For Jackson, 40, a member of the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame and a seven-time Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) All-Star, she says medical cannabis has helped her get back on the court.

“I retired from basketball, had a lot of issues, especially with chronic pain in my knees and hips,” Jackson told 7NEWS, adding that her doctor prescribed her medical cannabis to see if it would help alleviate some of her pain.

“It’s definitely helping me,” she said. “It’s been fantastic, actually, to the point I’m able to train and get back out on the court a little bit.”

Former Cricket Australia doctor Peter Brukner will lead the upcoming clinical trial. “What we’re ultimately trying to do is find an effective treatment for a condition that affects a lot of people in Australia and results in a lot of knee replacement surgeries,” Dr. Brukner said.

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Last year, a number of former AFL players and ex-athletes took part in a medical cannabis trial across two sites in Australia.

Conducted by Zelira Therapeutics, the trial sought to demonstrate the efficacy of medical cannabis for patients who traditionally rely on opioids for chronic pain.

In Phase 1 of the study, patients took one dose of medical cannabis on the first day and two doses per day for an additional six days.

Each of the patients was previously taking at least 60 milligrams of morphine a day for chronic pain and all showed “significant improvement” in pain interference scores, which measures how chronic pain impacts daily functioning.

“Not only did we find that our cannabinoid formulation is safe for them to use and did not result in any serious side-effects, but we have also seen promising positive effects on their physical and mental well-being,” said Dr. Richard Hopkins, managing director of Zelira Therapeutics.

Medical cannabis has been legal in Australia since 2016.

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