Dr Andrew Katelaris graduated from Sydney University Medical School in 1982. In 1992 he was awarded a Doctorate in Immunopathology from the University of NSW. He has over twenty years experience in clinical medicine and pathology.
Since 1988 Dr Katelaris has been researching the industrial, food and medical uses for the Cannabis plant. His activism, along with others, has seen the introduction of the Industrial Hemp Act, the legalisation of Hemp seed as a food and the beginnings of medical cannabis reform. At this year’s federal election Dr Katelaris will be the senate candidate for the Legalise Cannabis Party.
Dr Katelaris was the first medically trained practitioner in Australia to publicise the multiple therapeutic benefits of cannabis medicine. Beginning with treating chronic pain and iatrogenic opioid addiction in the 1990’s, he went on to pioneer the use of CBD dominant cannabis in intractable childhood epilepsy.
We talk about the industrial uses of hemp, hemp seeds, CBD and THC and the different mechanisms in the body. His early agricultural work that culminated in the Industrial Hemp Act in 2008. Dr Katelaris wrote the FSANZ application that was instrumental in having hemp seed legalised as a human food. His current research includes developing advanced dietary interventions to treat chronic diseases and the development of non-toxic hemp plastics.
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