How Canada legalising recreational marijuana could vault country to forefront of cannabis research

Medical marijuana studies are set to explode in Canada after the use and sale of cannabis become legal in October. It is only the second country, after Uruguay, to fully legalise the drug for recreational purposes

Caroline MacCallum, a Vancouver-based internal medicine specialist, has focused on complex pain at a number of hospitals. She is a clinical instructor at UBC’s faculty of medicine, and the medical director for Greenleaf Medical Clinic, where she’s assessed and developed cannabinoid treatment plans for more than 2,000 patients using legal medical cannabis approved by Health Canada.

MacCallum says she embraced marijuana when she was working as a pharmacist, noting that patients with complex chronic diseases had sometimes tried between 10 and 20 different medications looking for relief.

“There is very little, if any, education about cannabis in most medical schools,” she says. “I think that is changing, or will need to. I have medical students, residents and fellows who spend a few days with me in the clinic to learn about medical cannabis.

“But there’s definitely a place to learn more formally about the science of the endocannabinoid system, and also practical clinical knowledge about [cannabinoids] CBD and THC dosing, routes of administration, evidence, contraindications (withholding treatment because it’s harming the patient), monitoring, side effects, product safety and consistency, and more.”

July 15, 2018 as seen on South China Morning Post.

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