Tilray to export cannabis formulation to US for clinical trial

HealthDoes CBD Calm Essential Tremor? Researchers Are Looking Into It The Associated Press

It now is managed with a mix of medications to treat high blood pressure or seizures. Surgery is another option. The one-year trial is scheduled to begin in 2019. Researchers say it will be the first time this combination has been studied for treatment of ET. Dr. Fatta Nahab, a board-certified neurologist and director of the Functional Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disorders Lab at the UC San Diego Health's Movement Disorder Center, will serve as the principal investigator for the study.

Tilray will be exporting capsules containing a cannabinoid formulation with the active ingredients cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as CBD and THC, for a study examining the drug as a potential treatment for adults with essential tremor.

CBD is a major chemical compound found in cannabis. The agency's contract with the university provides for the possibility of offering cannabis capsules, but it has not yet done so, said Don Stanford, assistant director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the university.

Paul Armentano, deputy director of the marijuana law reform organization NORML, said that illustrates how badly American researchers need alternative sources for cannabis. "This work expands CMCR's commitment to develop an evidence-based approach in the area of cannabinoid therapeutics".

The move also puts Tilray in a better competitive position against peer Canopy Growth Corp., which has 39 USA patents and 15 clinical trials, said Azer, who rates both stocks outperform.


The pill will contain a ratio of CBD to THC of 20-to-1. After completing a two-week period at the maximum target dose, participants will taper off, followed by a washout period before crossing over to the alternate study arm.

The shaking condition affects 10 million Americans. The condition can make routine tasks, such as drinking water or tying shoelaces, difficult. Essential Tremor can have a significant impact on a patient's quality of life, causing embarrassment, social withdrawal, disability, and loss of occupation. While GW Pharmaceuticals developed that drug in-house before bringing it to the USA for testing, Tilray, which recently became the first marijuana company to complete an initial public stock offering in the United States, said it can work with researchers to develop the cannabis formulations they hope to study.

In a rare move, the USA government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies. Tilray now serves tens of thousands of patients in eleven countries spanning five continents.

Shares in marijuana company Tilray Inc. went on a wild ride - surging by more than 90 per cent then briefly dropping into negative territory and rebounding - one day after the licensed producer said it got approval to export medical cannabis from Canada to the USA for a clinical trial.

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