Will it be possible to create the first database of patients treated with medicinal marijuana?
Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University announced they are going to build the world’s largest database of patients who have used medical marijuana as an alternative therapy. Researchers are making efforts to collect information from over 100,000 users. The proposed project initiated by MMJ.org will start this summer until the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019.
Lambert Center cooperates with a Boston startup, ioVita, which has created an online platform for patient registration. Interested patients will be asked to keep a health diary. Such persons will have to provide information about their illness and medical use of cannabis.
Marcus Bachhuber, a physician and scientist, presently conducting research on cannabis in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, said that MMJ’s initiative “can be an extremely effective project”. Bachhuber’s surveys show that 85% of patients using medical marijuana in New York would “certainly or probably” take part in the study if they were asked to do so.
According to the researcher, New York patients are very enthusiastic about sharing knowledge about the use of cannabis products, because they are aware of the fact that administering medical marijuana is still an innovative alternative therapy.
It is worth mentioning that attempts have already been made to create databases on the use of medical marijuana for certain diseases. For example:-
Medical marijuana preparations vary due to the different types of cannabis strains, which in turn produce cannabinoids (THC, CBD) in various proportions.
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It is worth mentioning that prescribed dosage for cannabis products for specific diseases has not yet been established. In lieu of this, there is an urgent need to exchange information between patients and their doctors.
The Coming of a New Era
Why is the database of patients treated with medicinal marijuana such a big deal?
Though some countries have legalized marijuana, however, Canada will be the first country to completely legalize and regulate cannabis. Pro-Marijuana activist and enthusiasts are warming up for the coming of a new era —an era of legalized marijuana which will come into effect summer 2018.
When this happens, there will be more reasons for the rest of the world to legalize medicinal marijuana because there will be records of patients who have used marijuana as an alternative medicine.