Cannabis has been used as a medicinal and mood altering agent across many cultures for thousands of years. However, few peer-reviewed studies have been conducted on the pharmaceutical and medicinal properties of cannabis due to regulations that restrict its use. As the federal government moves towards potential legalization of cannabis this spring, Punja notes it is important for the public to better understand the benefits and risks of cannabis use.
For more information on the Understanding Medical Marijuana lecture series: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/events/dreamcolloquium/DreamColloquium-Marijuana/EthanRusso.html
Ethan Russo, MD, Medical Director, PHYTECS, Los Angeles, CA, former Senior Medical Advisor, GW Pharmaceuticals, UK, former president of International Cannabinoid Research Society, and former chairman of International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines.