Scientific Understanding of the potential of cannabis

Our scientific understanding of the potential of cannabis has increased significantly over the past decade or so; however, these insights are only slowly incorporated into new legislation. Therefore, secondly, an expansion of the options for performing research is needed. Creating a clear regulatory environment, for example related to efficiently obtaining research permits for the study of cannabis and its unique cannabinoids, will provide an immediate boost to a wide range of research fields, ranging from cultivation and chemical analysis, to product development and, ultimately, clinical trials. Only the prospect of more and better research (areas of essential research can for example be found in the 2017 publication on cannabis medicine by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, NAS 2017) will improve our understanding of the benefits and risks of applying cannabis and its constituents in contemporary medicine.

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