Is medical cannabis the answer to chronic joint pain?
February 03, 2014 - 3:46 PM
RESEARCHERS DISCUSS BENEFITS OF MEDICAL CANNABIS FOR THOSE WITH ARTHRITIS
Cannabis researcher Zach Walsh, and research assistants Kim Crosby and Kelsey Lozenski, will discuss the latest evidence regarding the effectiveness and risk of medical cannabis for arthritis patients. The trio will present these results, their research on the therapeutic use of cannabis, and discuss access barriers that patients encounter.
Walsh is an assistant professor of psychology with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, while Crosby, a senior research assistant, recently received a master’s fellowship from the Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training. Lozenski is an undergraduate honours student with Walsh’s Therapeutic, Recreational, and Problematic Substance Use lab at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Walsh says there is an increasing interest in the benefits of medical cannabis use, especially among people suffering from arthritis, or chronic joint pain and mobility issues.
“Experts anticipate a growing number of applications for licenses for people to access cannabis for therapeutic purposes for a variety of issues,” says Walsh. “But certainly a lot of that interest is coming from people who suffer with chronic arthritis.”
Joints for Joints takes place Thursday, February 13 at UBC’s Okanagan campus in the Arts Building, 1147 Research Way, room ART365, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
This event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC’s Okanagan campus. To attend in person, via webinar, or teleconference, please RSVP to: http://joints4joints.eventbrite.ca
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