During the Hamilton Cannabis Conference at Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medical Cannabis Research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Campus (Ontario, Canada) researchers in this field agreed that there should be more research on Cannabis.
What does the actual research aim for?
The Cannabis conference is held with the purpose of increasing awareness in other scientists teams in order to make them join the research on Cannabis, and so to create a network of researchers who are supposed to clarify, once and for all, which are the positive and negative parts of the Cannabis plant.
At the moment, the research conducted at the Michael G. DeGroote Centre For Medical Cannabis Research aims to offer some clear data on Cannabis addiction issues and its possible medical appliances such as treatment against arthritis, chronic pains, and cancer treatment-related pains.
Still, many doctors refuse to prescribe medical Cannabis
Jason Busse, co-director of the aforementioned Cannabis research centre, told during the conference about a trial conducted by his team on how is Cannabis beneficial in treating pain.
Cannabis has been proven to bring some improvement in some patients, or even to treat chronic pain in others.
The trial, however, was small, being conducted on only 2,000 patients suffering from chronic pain, and Busse admitted that a larger study should be conducted.
However, despite the evidence that Cannabis is effective against chronic pain, many doctors refuse to prescribe medical Cannabis due to the lack of knowledge or societal stigmas.
The same applies when it comes to patients with arthritis, according to Jason McDougall, a professor at Dalhousie University.
Cannabis is a millennial cure
Cannabis has been used for thousands of years as a medicine, in different cultures, from Arabia to Africa and even further, to the Americas. Cannabis also had a religious aspect as it was used in religious rituals.
Legalizing Cannabis is now just a matter of time in Canada, as well as in any other countries of the world. However, more research on Cannabis is needed to observe its real positive and negative parts.