To date, 29 states and the District of Columbia have passed regulations allowing physicians to recommend medical cannabis to their patients. While anecdotal evidence supports the therapeutic value of medical cannabis, physicians have struggled to recommend specific dosages and treatment strategies as a result of insufficient clinical data.
Fortunately, research institutions around the world are investigating properties of cannabis for a variety of medical treatments. From the Children’s Hospital in Denver to Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, researchers are making significant strides toward uncovering the science behind cannabis. Scientists hope to answer patients’ questions such as, “How much cannabis do I need? In what form? How do I take it?”
Currently, four clinical trials are ongoing in North America. These trials are assessing the clinical benefits of cannabis for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and pediatric brain tumors.
1. Dr. Sue Sisley’s PTSD Study
Since May 2016, Dr. Sue Sisley and