Come mid-October, Canadians across the country will be able to spark up a joint without a second thought. As the second nation to federally legalize recreational use, Canada should be setting lots of records in the coming year. The idea of using cannabis recreationally or medically without stigma or threat of law enforcement knocking down our door is great on its own. But legalization will bring even more good to the Great North, specifically to its research scientists.
There are research teams with interest in studying how cannabis can affect conditions like Alzheimer’s, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), ADHD, and epilepsy and seizures; the list, honestly, goes on and on. Heck, even Restless Leg Syndrome patients have found relief from CBD, THC, and other compounds found in the cannabis plant. Despite major strides in cannabis medicine, a common issue is that research is oftentimes federally funded, which can disrupt their ability to take studies to clinical trial. Since the plant is federally considered illegal in countries like the United States that tend to push forward quickly in the field of medical research, Canada is primed to become a major leader in uncovering the magic of the cannabis plant.
The University of British Columbia recently announced the first cannabis professorship at their establishment. Their goal is to find a connection between cannabis use and disrupting the opioid crisis. Funding is also being raised for research on how soldiers coming home from war with PTSD might benefit from cannabis. Funding is already pouring in for Canadian doctors to pinpoint exactly how cannabis can help patients, starting with these worthy causes.