CCOE Research Studies

We believe that improving communication between healthcare providers and medical cannabis patients is crucial for enhancing referral and medication substitution. Therefore, it is imperative to conduct continuous and evidence-based research to advance knowledge in the cannabis industry.

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iCount for Veterans 

 A Research Platform to Connect Veterans with Cannabis Research Studies

Chronic pain is more prevalent and eminent in Veterans than in the general population - veterans aged ≥20 years were more likely to have chronic pain than non-veterans (31.5% vs. 20.1%), and a study conducted in 2020 of 1,700 US Iraq and Afghanistan veterans discovered that 32% were prescribed opioids to deal with the pain.

However, increasing opioid dosing does not appear to improve chronic pain. A study by VA Portland researchers in 2020 noted that out of 500 patients with chronic pain, nearly 20% had their opioid dose increased, although solely 3% of those patients indicated meaningful progress in pain.

Through its different projects, iCount for veterans’ study is intended to discover how medical cannabis was helping veterans in Massachusetts and nationally.

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Research & Publications

This crowd-sourced list of research and publications related to the cannabis and entheogenic medicines will be updated periodically. We rely on community members (YOU!) to share their materials with the broader cannabis community. To include your articles, papers, presentations, and other contents, please submit ​here

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History, Regulation, and Public Policy

Crafting effective policy interventions to increase the positive impacts stemming from cannabis use requires an understanding of the attitudes and motivations of consumers and policymakers. Adequate knowledge about historical, legal, regulatory, public policy, ethical, international, and cross-cultural aspects of cannabis cultivation, cannabis use, and cannabis-related disorders is essential to inform cannabis policy reform

Medical Cannabis

Medicinal cannabis, or medicinal marijuana, is a therapy that has garnered much national attention in recent years. The use and acceptance of medicinal cannabis continue to evolve, as shown by the growing number of countries now permitting use for specific medical indications. It is vital to explore the most recent medical research and publications to define clinical implications and the best practices of cannabis use in the medical setting. 

Commerce, Business, and Environment

The cannabis and hemp industry is one of the fastest-growing business segments of the space. It is predicted that the U.S. Cannabidiol (CBD) market will reach $20 billion in sales by 2024 - this would be a significant surge from $1.9 billion in 2018 (a 49% annual growth rate). The key to attaining a competitive benefit with lasting power in the CBD industry is to develop a high-quality product that will defy the coming scrutiny of both regulators and intellectual consumers. 

Medical Marijuana and Mesothelioma

Global research efforts have increased in recent years because of a growing interest in the potential role of medical marijuana in cancer care. Patients with ​mesothelioma cope with symptoms of the disease and side effects of cancer treatment such as chest pain and chemotherapy-induced nausea. ​A number of clinical trials found evidence that medical marijuana may help some patients manage cancer-related symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment. ​

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Previous Research Studies

Citizen Scientists: Cannabis Center of Excellence
Explore the Study – Discover Citizen Science in Cannabis Research

Dive into the cutting-edge research paper 'Creating Cannabis Citizen Scientists' and uncover the power of community-based methodologies in understanding cannabis use in Massachusetts and across the U.S. This study showcases how citizen science breaks through regulatory barriers to bring valuable insights into cannabis effectiveness for health and wellness. Click to access this pivotal research and join the movement of informed cannabis knowledge expansion.

Veterans Health and Medical Cannabis Results: Cannabis Center of Excellence
Read the Research – Gain Insights on Veterans' Health and Cannabis

Uncover vital findings from the '2019 Veterans Health and Medical Cannabis Study' that reveal the impact of cannabis on veterans' health. This Massachusetts-focused research offers in-depth analysis from hundreds of U.S. military veterans, providing valuable data on cannabis use, effectiveness, and the challenges of access and stigma. Click now to access the full report and enrich your understanding of veterans' wellness and medical cannabis.

Cannabis Patient Care: Post Traumatic Stress and Veterans
Post-Traumatic Stress: How Medical Cannabis Is Helping Veterans with PTSD

The ​2019 Veterans Health and Medical Cannabis Study collected anonymous data from US military veterans on health conditions, treatments, cannabis use, and effectiveness for issues like PTSD and chronic pain. Early findings indicate cannabis helps some vets reduce medications.

Cannabis is New Jersey: Cannabis Center of Excellence
Explore the Report – Unveil New Jersey's Cannabis Landscape

Discover the groundbreaking work of ​Marion McNabb, ​David Ritter, and the ​team at the Cannabis Center of Excellence. Their latest research offers insightful perspectives on cannabis, driving innovation and knowledge. Don't miss out on their transformative findings. Learn more about their pioneering studies here.

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