NanaBis™ (NanoCelle® CBD/THC) for management of intractable pain in advanced cancer patients

ANZCTR: ACTRN12617001480370
Date Started: 2018-06-06
Progress - FIH Safety & Efficacy - Completed


Study Site:

Royal North Shore Hospital


NanaBis™ is an investigative new product containing 1:1 ratio of Cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-trethydrocannabinol (THC), in a sub-micron spray applied to the oro-buccal membrane.

About trial:

The aim of this project was to conduct a safety, tolerability and exploratory end-point pilot study assessing the administration of a cannabis extract, NanaBis™ as an adjunct to opioid analgesia for the management of intractable pain in patients with a positive diagnosis of advanced cancer.

NanaBis™ is a non-ARTG product currently in clinical trials and available under SAS. SAS application can be made either manually via the appropriate application forms or on-line via More info can be found at How to access Medicinal Cannabis

Inadequate control of chronic pain is a major contributor to disease burden in approximately half of cancer patients. This trial demonstrated that NanaBis™ provided adequate bioavailability of THC and CBD and is safe & tolerable in people with cancer and uncontrolled pain with preliminary evidence of analgesic efficacy. 

Trial Progression:

  • SAD/MAD Trial, Royal North Shore Hospital - COMPLETED

    Clarke S BB, McLachlan AJ, Henson JD, Rutolo D, Hall S, Vitetta L. Pilot Clinical and Pharmacokinetic Study of Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) / Cannabidiol (CBD) Nanoparticle Oro-Buccal Spray in Patients with Advanced Cancer Experiencing Uncontrolled Pain. Cancers. 2020;UNDER REVIEW.
  • OBS Study, multiple AU sites - underway
  • M/C Phase 3 - in development

HREC Date:





CT-2017-CTN-02369-1 v3


An oro-buccal nanoparticle delivered cannabis medicine for pain management in cancer: A clinical trial in progress.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Virtual Conference

Date:          2020-05-29

Understanding the Trial NanaBis™

Clinical Trial for Advanced Cancer Pain Seminar Melbourne

Date:          2018-03-06

Authors:   Hall S

Potentiating new Neurological pain drugs from cannabis (CBD/THC)

14th World Congress on Healthcare and Technologies, London UK

Date:          2019-07-22

Authors:   Sean Hall

Innovating Humanity - Opioids to Covid-19, Learnings and Health Needs for Our Future

23rd International Conference on Multidisciplinary Studies: Resilience for Survival (ICMS XXIII), Cambridge University

Date:          2020-07-30

Authors:   Dr Sean Hall

International Precision Medicine Conference 2021

Dr. Sean Hall presents at the International Precision Medicine Conference 2021 in Orlando USA. The presentation titled: The Pain: an opioid epidemic requiring a non-opioid alternative

Date:          2021-04-21


Royal North Shore Hospital

Royal North Shore Hospital

Established in 1885, Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) and its associated health services meet the health needs of four local government areas - Mosman, Willoughby, Lane Cove and North Sydney.


RNSH is a principal tertiary referral centre as well as a NSW Trauma Centre. The state-wide services provided by RNSH are severe burns injury, spinal cord injury, neonatal intensive care and interventional neuroradiology.


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Extractas Biosciences

NanaBis™ is manufactured by Extractas Biosciences (Formally Tasmanian Alkaloids) exclusively for Medlab. Extractas Biosciences are a global leader in the extraction and purification of high-value plant-derived products for the pharmaceutical industry have added Medicinal Cannabis products and services to their portfolio including; cultivation, manufacturing, formulation, analytical and release for supply. Extractas Biosciences hold all applicable/necessary Office of Drug Control (ODC) and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) licences required for these activities. 

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