Cannabis Research Project Will Follow 100 Ex-Players to See if CBD Can Help Avoid Opioid Use – LPC
A new cannabis research project in Toronto will investigate whether or not using CBD can help wean ex-National Hockey League (NHL) players addicted to opioids. The cannabis research partners the NHL Alumni Association with Canopy Growth Corp., which will cover all costs including supplying the CBD.
“This is a crystallizing moment,” said Dr. Amin Kassam, a neurosurgeon in Milwaukee, Wisc. who is involved with the cannabis research. “We’re going to be using high-resolution imaging, biomarkers, ocular, vestibular testing.”
In other words, the research will use advanced molecular imaging to find out how and why the CBD is working. Traditionally, most studies of this type might just follow players and record outward signs such as continued opioid use. This cannabis research will go beyond to find out what’s happening in the brain at the molecular level.
“We have a big need, the right agenda and the right people,” Dr. Kassam continued. “The NHL alumni are willing to commit their privacy and their souls to help others in the community and I think Canopy is the real deal when it comes to the medical science. They have the science. Their facility at Smiths Falls is best in class. It’s as good a bio laboratory as you’ll find in the world. They are not growing weed in the backyard.”
Canopy Looking Forward to Seeing Results of Cananbis Research – LPC
Dr. Mark Ware, the chief medical officer at Canopy Growth, said that Canopy is looking forward to collecting scientific data in this cannabis research.
“We hear plenty of anecdotes from athletes about how cannabinoids are helping them,” Dr. Ware said. “We don’t have any good robust data to prove that and we’re addressing this with a credible partner.”
There are some scattered cannabis research projects around the world. However, due to the fact that cannabis is illegal in most countries, credible cannabis research is difficult to find. At least one senator in Ohio thinks that CBD can reduce opioid use in his state, which is part of the reason why Ohio recently legalized cannabis for medical use. Similarly, cannabis research projects in California and Utah will focus on the effects of cannabis on brain processes.
There is also a lot of questions about the side effects of cannabis use, including a possible connection between cannabis and schizophrenia. Now that cannabis is legalized in Canada, it will be easier for Canadian scientists to conduct cannabis research.
Cannabis Research Will Study NHL Players’ Brains and Battles – LPC
The 10-week cannabis research will follow 100 ex-NHL players in the Toronto area who are using opioids. The study will consist of a questionnaire, MRI brain scans, and blood tests. Other tests including cognitive tests will identify possible brain injury in patients.
This will be the first study of its type using NHL players. Past research in other professional sports revealed that athletes can abuse painkillers in up to 27 per cent of cases. This cannabis research will be the first of its kind in any sport.
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