Australian researchers are aiming to recruit 1,500 participants for a study investigating public perceptions of the use of CBD to treat mental ill-health.

A survey taking 15 minutes to complete is open to all people aged 18-plus who have lived in Australia since July 2018.

University of Wollongong School of Psychology research fellow Dr Jessica Bartschi said: “The use of cannabis and cannabis-based medicines to treat a range of health conditions is rapidly increasing.

Dr Jessica Bartschi and Dr Lisa-Marie Greenwood

“While there is substantial research going into the medicinal application of this compound, there is currently little known about what people think about cannabis-based medicines in Australia. 

“This research aims to improve our understanding of people’s views on the use of CBD as a medicine. In this survey, we will investigate people’s thoughts, feelings and attitudes towards their personal use, or supporting others’ use, of CBD to treat symptoms of mental ill-health.”

Principal investigator Dr Lisa-Marie Greenwood from Australian National University said the information would “inform the ongoing mental health needs of individuals and communities in Australia, with practical implications to address barriers and access to cannabis-based medicines”.

The study forms part of the research team’s work with the Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence

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