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Questions that need answers: research needs to keep pace with escalating cannabis issues

By Ruth Ross      

The changing and evolving landscape of cannabis use has intensified the need for answers and has raised new questions.

One of the pharmacology questions left to be answered is about the use of CDB, writes Ruth Ross who says that while there is good data on the use of CBD as a medicine for epilepsy in children, these trials and others have highlighted potential effects of CBD on the liver and in modifying the levels of other medications that patients may be taking. Pexels photograph by Elsa Olofsson, cbdoracle.com

As a seasoned researcher in the field of cannabis and cannabinoid pharmacology, there are a few key areas where the current lack of information and knowledge gaps raise concerns. Some of these gaps in knowledge have been the topic of research for decades, while others have emerged much more recently. The changing and evolving landscape of cannabis use has intensified the need for answers and has raised new questions. Discussing both the established and emerging areas where research data is either lacking or still accumulating, is complicated by the informational milieu, which includes real-world experience, anecdotes, advertorials, academic research, industry marketing, and educational material from diverse sources. The situation is further convoluted by a variety of conflicts of interest. This is exacerbated by the blurring of dichotomy between non-medical and medical use, whereby a perceived “harm” in the former case may be a manageable side-effect in the latter.

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