University of Calgary researchers—including former Degrassi-star Dr. Rebecca Haines-Saah—considered 1,047 studies related to cannabis and mental health to develop a report on how researchers should approach cannabis.
- Historical cannabis research has tended to begin with the presumption cannabis caused mental health harms, and only two studies considered potential positive effects on mental health. Researchers will need to be open to the possibility of cannabis having therapeutic potential.
- Lead author Dr. Fiona Clement said existing studies showed little detail about differences in how and why people use cannabis—but also little differentiation between negative mental health outcomes.
- After identifying major research delays caused by seemingly unreasonable Health Canada cannabis licensing demands, Aurora Chief Science Officer Jonathan Page reported Health Canada has “added staff to review Research licence apps, applied risk assessment to expedite some apps, and plan outreach to the cannabis research community this Fall. Overall we’re making progress.” Twitter
- A study co-authored by a Montreal pediatrician found teens who vaped were three to four times more likely to use cannabis.