The Cannabis, Research, and Healthcare industries currently operate in silos, hampered by a lack of funding and rigorous research studies to document impact on health outcomes. With Cannabis being considered a Schedule 1 drug, the process for gaining funding and approval for conducting human-based trials is severely restricted.

The 2017 Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids Report published by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine calls for the research, healthcare and Cannabis communities to expand their research agendas and find additional funding for conducting research studies.

Through the Center of Excellence (CoE) will develop a Global​ ​Cannabis​  Commons​ that encourages stakeholders to contribute to the evidence base, and further the recommendations of the 2017 Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids Report. The Cannabis​ ​Commons​ will follow the traditional model of Creative​ ​Commons​ and the Science​ ​Commons​, which hosts the Health​ ​Commons​ described below. Join Us.

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A Health Commons is a coalition of parties interested in changing the way basic science is translated into the understanding and improvement of human health. Coalition members agree to share data, knowledge, and services under standardized terms and conditions by committing to a set of common  technologies, digital information standards, research materials, contracts, workflows, and software. These commitments ensure that knowledge, data, materials and tools can move seamlessly from partner to partner across the entire health ecosystem. They enable participants to offer standardized services, ranging from simple molecular assays to complex drug synthesis solutions, that others can discover in directories and integrate into their own processes to expedite development — or assemble like LEGO blocks to create new services. Permitted reuse, excerpt taken from Health Commons.

The Health Commons is too complex for any one organization or company to create. It requires a coalition of partners across the spectrum. It is also too complex for public, private, or nonprofit organizations alone – reinventing therapy development for the networked world requires, from the beginning, a commitment to public-private partnership. Only through a public-private partnership can the key infrastructure of the Commons be created: the investments in the public domain of information and materials will only be realized if that public domain is served by a private set of systems integrators and materials, tools and service providers motivated by profit. In turn, the long-term success of the private sector depends on a growing, robust, and self-replenishing public domain of data, research tools, and open source software.

By​ ​adding​ ​medical​ ​Cannabis​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Health​ ​Commons​, we can unlock the ability of researchers, Cannabis industry, and healthcare providers to advance the science and integration of medical Cannabis as a valid medical treatment for the wide array of qualifying conditions.




The Cannabis Commons, modeled after the Health Commons, will serve as the public-domain, nonprofit hub, with participating stakeholders providing value added services that facilitate information access, communication, and collaboration. Under a virtual Center of Excellence model, researchers, the Cannabis industry, and healthcare providers can actively share resources that promote scientific integrity and excellence to advance the field of medical Cannabis as well as benefit from the contributions of other participants.

Our vision is of a virtual marketplace or ecosystem where participants share data, knowledge, materials and services to accelerate Cannabis research. The components include, for example:

  • Clinical trial protocols, data standards, and anonymized research data,
  • Question banks,
  • Dataset of the results of Cannabis lab profiles and tests,
  • Clinical treatment protocols and algorithms,
  • Repositories of Cannabis strains, seeds,
  • Computational models predicting drug side effects,
  • Contract services for observational or clinical trial protocols, standards, etc.

Other social and economic impacts of legal adult-use Cannabis can also be realized, with products and services such as training materials, community education messaging to de-stigmatize Cannabis use, and models for improving access for those disproportionately affected by the drug war.

We envision a Cannabis Commons where a researcher will be able to access tools and resources to replicate a published experiment, develop standards, and models. The Cannabis Commons will follow the model of the Health Commons’ marketplace in order to reduce the time, cost, and risk of developing treatments for diseases. Individual researchers, institutions, and companies will be able to publish information about their expertise and resources so that others in the community can readily discover and use them. Core competencies, from clinical trial design to Cannabis profiles and strain types, will be packaged as turnkey services and made available over the internet. Permitted reuse, excerpt taken from Science Commons.