Medical Research

There has been a surge in international research studies on medicinal cannabis since the early 1990s, and there is ever-increasing evidence confirming the efficacy of cannabis as medicine in treating a wide range of illnesses and conditions. Explore these resources to find out more about medicinal cannabis research and the conditions for which it is effective. The BCCCS does not condone or endorse animal testing.
Canadians for Safe Access (CSA)
Canadians for Safe Access (CSA) is an action-oriented, grassroots campaign of patients, supporters and suppliers working at the local, provincial and national level to change the unjust laws that prevent Canadians from accessing therapeutic cannabis. They have an extensive collection of cannabis research links and resources. See their press releases section for news.
Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol and Other Drugs
A study based out of the BCCCS and other clubs. Background: This article examines the subjective impact of medical cannabis on the use of both licit and illicit substances via self-report from 404 medical cannabis patients recruited from four dispensaries in British Columbia, Canada. The aim of this study is to examine a phenomenon called substitution effect, in which the use of one product or substance is influenced by the use or availability of another. ... [...More]
Canadian, Medical Research
Compassionate Voice Spring 2014
Check out the January-March issue of the BCCCS newsletter for some big updates: - From our 2013 Winter Party - In terms of our prices, which have dropped substantially - About the upcoming MMPR changes - and more Download your copy here.
Science News Writes About Medical Marijuana
The scientific literature now brims with potential uses for cannabis that extend beyond its well-known abilities to fend off nausea and block pain in people with cancer and AIDS. Cannabis derivatives may combat multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory conditions, the new research finds. Cannabis may even kill cancerous tumors.
Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol and Other Drugs
2009 study from Harm Reduction Journal: Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol and Other Drugs
Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR)
The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California conducts high quality scientific studies intended to ascertain the general medical safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis products and to examine alternative forms of cannabis administration.
Medical Research
Mental Health Survey
A survey completed by BCCCS members regarding their use of cannabis for mental health conditions and its effect on their mental health.
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Current: Ethnographic Study of Compassion Clubs and Cannabis Use as Self-Medication
In conjunction with the BCCCS, VICS, CALM, TCC and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.
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Research and info by Tod H. Mikuriya, M.D.
Dr. Mikuriya was one of the world's foremost authorities on the uses of medical cannabis, and his research and work is available on his website.
Medical Research
Rx Marijuana
Lester Grinspoons's site. A place to learn about patients' experiences with medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana Information Resource Centre
The Medical Marijuana Information Resource Centre was established to provide patients, caregivers, and clinicians with a source of scientific and current information about the use of marijuana (cannabis) as a medicine, especially in Canada.
Canadian, Medical Research
PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1948. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.
Medical Research, US
International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS)
The ICRS is a non-political organization dedicated to scientific cannabinoid research, ranging from biochemical, chemical and physiological studies of the endogenous cannabinoid system to studies of the abuse potential of recreational cannabis.
Cannabis Research Library
This library contains valuable information about the endogenous cannabinoid system and the therapeutic potential of cannabinoid drugs including whole plant cannabis.
Medical Research
UK Cannabis Internet Activists
UKCIA is a website full of useful information. They have a Research Database stuffed with scientific studies and a Library of significant developments in the law reform debate, as well as some videos to check out. They have information on the Therapeutic use of cannabis and its Industrial uses.... [...More]
Americans for Safe Access (USA)
Americans for Safe Access is the nation's largest organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. Americans for Safe Access has collected some of the most relevant international research into cannabinoids and the therapeutic use of cannabis. This research includes peer-reviewed and published studies, as well as some of the most extensive government examinations into cannabis safety and its potential as a therapeutic agent.
Cannabis Health Journal
A magazine (which ceased being published in 2005) dedicated to medical cannabis issues.  The site has a rich archive of articles from past isssues.
International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM)
The International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines was founded in March 2000 with the aim of  advancing knowledge on cannabis, cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system, and related topics especially with regard to their therapeutic potential.   The website has extensive resources on the medicinal uses of cannabis, research studies, and international law and politics, as well as articles from the CANNABINOIDS journal and the bi-weekly IACM newsletter, which compiles the latest medical, legal and political news from the world of medicinal cannabis.
Pot Eases Neuropathic Pain
by Anne Harding, Reuters, Vancouver Sun NEW YORK -- Giving carefully calibrated doses of marijuana to people with neuropathic pain, which can be difficult-to-treat and extremely painful, can ease their pain without clouding their minds, California researchers report.
Medical Research
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) as a Possible Explanation for the Benefits of Cannabis
Published in Neuro Endocrinology Letters -- This study examines the concept of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD), and the prospect that it could underlie the pathophysiology of migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and other functional conditions alleviated by medicinal cannabis. Follow the link to read the full summary.
Vaporization as a Smokeless Cannabis Delivery System: a Pilot Study
Published in Clinical Pharmacological Therapeutics Although cannabis has potential therapeutic value, inhalation of a combustion product is an undesirable delivery system. The aim of the study was to investigate vaporization using the Volcano device as an alternative means of delivery of inhaled Cannabis sativa.
Cannabinoids Found to be Associated with Anti-Carcinogenic Effects -- This study reveals that medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for cancer, as announced by doctors in Germany who concluded that this clarification of the mechanism of cannabinoid action may help investigators to further explore their therapeutic benefit. The medical article was originally published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access and online on December 25th 2007.
Cancer, Medical Research
Active Ingredients in Marijuana Found to Slow Invasion by Cervical and Lung Cancer Cells -- THC and another marijuana-derived compound slow the spread of cervical and lung cancers, test-tube studies suggest.
Cancer, Medical Research
Marijuana Helps Ease HIV Nerve Pain -- Smoking marijuana helps relieve the aching, burning nerve pain associated with HIV, a clinical trial suggests.
HIV/AIDS, Medical Research
Marijuana 's Active Chemical May Be Alzheimer's Fighter
Sharon Kirkey, The Ottawa Citizen -- In lab experiments, investigators from Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, found that THC appears to be more effective than approved drugs at blocking an enzyme in the brain that causes plaque to form.
Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus and Cannabis Use in Illicit Drug User Patients: Implications and Questions
A study that suggests that cannabis use may benefit treatment retention and outcomes in illicit drug users undergoing HCV treatment. In fact, there is substantial evidence that cannabis use may help address key challenges faced by drug users in HCV treatment (e.g., nausea, depression), especially when such treatment occurs in the context of methadone maintenance treatment which may amplify these consequences. You may also read the press release associated with this study.
Medical Marijuana Boosts Hepatitis C Treatment in New Study
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A study from the University of California, San Francisco, published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, suggests that medical marijuana boosts the success of treatment for the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Untreated HCV can lead to liver failure and death, but the study found that marijuana users being treated for HCV were three times more likely to have a "sustained virological response" -- i.e. HCV could not be detected six months after they completed treatment.... [...More]
Cannabis as Therapy for People Living with HIV/AIDS: “Our Right, Our Choice”
By the Canadian AIDS Society. -- This study examined the legal, ethical and human rights issues related to access and regulation of cannabis for therapeutic purposes for people living with HIV/AIDS. The BCCCS was honoured to be a key informant in this incredible project that will benefit all those who use cannabis as a medicine. ... [...More]
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