The Current State of Medical Cannabis Research
Cannabis has been cultivated for thousands of years, and its medicinal benefits have been experienced by and relied upon by generations of people from across the world. In the United States, cannabis has had a troubled history. Centuries of opposition from lawmakers, peppered by negative connotations and prejudices have led to a false and outdated understanding of and fear towards the plant. In the 1970s, however, public awareness of the medical benefits of cannabis began to surface across the country, and in 1996, California became the first state to implement a regulated medical cannabis program.
Today, although research on medical cannabis may be limited in comparison to the greater scope of medicines in general, the research that has been conducted weighs in favor of the use of medical cannabis. Just as crucial as completed research is the ongoing studies and reasons for them. Pain, epilepsy, appetite stimulation and anti-inflammation are a few of the conditions that have been and continue to be studied as being directly affected (improved) by the use of medical cannabis. More recently, due in part to the rising number of deaths associated with the use of opioids, medical cannabis has been seen as a significant player in combatting opioid addiction. The opioid epidemic has spread across the US, and many states are looking to medical cannabis as an alternative to opioid use.
More Funding for Medical Cannabis Research
One of the biggest trends in the next few years will be more funding for medical cannabis research than ever before. As cannabis is legalized in more markets, there will be growing demand for research. Medical cannabis has shown promise as a treatment for many conditions, but more research is needed to verify its effectiveness, including in treatments and with long-term use.
This trend is already well underway in Canada and the US, as well as a few other places. More pharmaceutical companies are diverting funds to studies, as are healthcare and wellness companies. Some universities and colleges are also receiving funding for research in this area.
As knowledge continues to grow and social attitudes continue to shift, funding will continue to increase
More Work to Be Done
As evidenced, there’s still a lot of work to be done in the field of medical cannabis research. Continuing efforts and increased funding will continue to boost the amount of medical research being done in this field.
In turn, the body of knowledge about cannabis and its medical uses will continue to grow. With higher-quality studies and more scientific evidence, it’s possible that new cannabis-based treatments are on the horizon for any number of medical conditions.
The future of medical cannabis research is exciting, and it’s likely there are some surprises in store. The road to quality research can be long, but it will be well worth it in the end