The University of British Columbia is creating a new professorship to study the potential role of marijuana to treat opioid addiction, a move that faculty members say will begin to fill a cannabis research gap.
Epidemiologist and research scientist M-J Milloy has been appointed as the Canopy Growth professor of cannabis science at the university.
“Dr. M-J Milloy will be Western Canada’s first cannabis science professor at the University of British Columbia and the first professor in Canada focused on researching the role cannabis can play in the overdose crisis,” Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy said at the announcement Friday.
Between January and September, more than 1,100 people died from suspected opioid overdoses, according to the ministry.
Milloy will lead clinical trials to explore how cannabis can help people with opioid use disorders stay on their treatment plans, the ministry said.