Knowledge Is Power – and Progress
Scientists must come together to share experiences, accumulate evidence, and bring about change in cannabis policy.
Paul Mavor | | Opinion
When I saw data outlining the toll of pharmaceutical opiates in the US, I knew that an alternative was desperately needed – over 30,000 largely avoidable deaths in a single year. As a pharmacist who dispenses opiates myself, I couldn’t help but feel partly responsible. Conversely, there are little-to-no recorded deaths associated with cannabis abuse. And that got me thinking.
The rise of the global medical cannabis industry has been equated to the dot.com boom of the late nineties. We’ve seen explosive growth that has been spurred on in part by financiers, but also by the opioid crisis itself and the need for novel chronic pain treatments. The resulting wave of legalization across the globe and strong investment have been tempered by regulators with the same mindset that saw cannabis banned for the last 80 years. Nevertheless, legislation is changing and research is booming, gifting us with a strong evidence base for the use of cannabis across multiple medical indications.
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