2018 Benchmark Cannabis Research Studies


Only three full months in and we’ve seen three exciting benchmark cannabis research headlines already. 2018 is shaping up to be the year of cannabis!


A Case For Balanced THC And CBD In Colorectal Cancer Prevention

Published: January 1, 2018

This study by Austrian scientists determined that CB1 receptor activation has tumour-suppressing effects in colon cancer.

This isn’t the first laboratory study hinting at the anti-cancer effects of certain cannabinoids. But with the aggressive nature of colon cancer and the prevalence in men after a certain age, prevention is a problem for which a solution is much sought after.


Cannabis Is Safe And Effective At Treating Pain In The Elderly

Published: February 2, 2018

This study found that cannabis therapy is safe and effective for elderly patients (65 and older) experiencing:

  • cancer symptoms
  • Crohn’s disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • ulcerative colitis

Six months in, over 18 percent of patients in the study quit using opioid analgesics or at least reduced their use.

The most common side-effects the subjects had to deal with? Dizziness and dry mouth reported in just 10% and 7% of cases, respectively.


THC Enhances The Pain-Relieving Effects Of Opioids In Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Study

Published: February 5, 2018

Using a double-blinded, placebo-controlled design to test smoked cannabis (0% or 5.3% THC) in combination with oxycodone at either the lowest pain-relieving dose (5 mg) or sub-threshold (2.5 mg), scientists found that in combination, 5.3% THC cannabis and sub-threshold oxycodone caused substantial pain reduction.

April 5, 2018

by Alana Armstrong

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Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.


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