Consolidated overviews of the state of medicinal cannabis across various clinical and research areas. Through Evidence Briefs, the Centre aims to highlight existing research evidence as well as opportunities for further investigations.
Key Takeaways: Cannabis users can reduce the risk of harm by avoiding high-risk practices, most notably: use before early-mid twenties, use of high-THC product, combustion inhalation, daily use, and driving while impaired.
When recommending any therapy, a healthcare provider and patient need consider both the potential benefits and risks. What information is available to guide them when it comes to medical cannabis? [...]
Health Canada claims it has put into place “some of the most stringent controls on the medical cannabis industry in the world.” Under these regulations, only specific pesticides and fungicides are registered for use by licensed cannabis producers. [...]
One out of every five Canadian adults 18 and older has chronic pain, and the most common cause (up to 36% of cases) is arthritis. As of 2015, almost six million Canadian adults have some form of arthritis and the number is expected to increase rapidly as the population ages. [...]
A 2016 survey of almost 2,800 regular force veterans found approximately one out of six (16.4%) reported posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This Evidence Brief reviews the literature regarding prescribing cannabis for PTSD in a veteran popluation.
One of the arguments used by those promoting medical cannabis is that it has a long history as a therapeutic agent. Written records of its use in China date back to the first century A.D., although oral traditions suggest it was used by as early as 2700 B.C. [...]
Under Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), physicians or nurse practitioners have the authority to write was has been broadly described as “prescriptions” for medical cannabis. But in fact, these are not prescriptions in the traditional sense. [...]
Type “benefits of medical cannabis” into Google and you’ll get links to articles such as “23 Health Benefits of Marijuana” and “50 unexpected benefits of cannabis (you might not know).” Sounds great. Given this sort of hype, it’s not surprising that large proportions of physicians say they had been asked by patients to approve medical cannabis. [...]