Cannabis and Mental Health: Priorities for research in Canada

The relationship between cannabis use and mental health has been the subject of a lot of research, especially over the last 15 years. Yet the links between the two are still not fully understood. With cannabis for non-medical use now legal in Canada, the need to identify and address the gaps in our knowledge has taken on new urgency.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada and University of Calgary have released a report, "Cannabis and Mental Health: Priorities for research in Canada." This report is based on an environmental scan and scoping review by a University of Calgary research team that looked at existing research into the relationships between cannabis use and mental health outcomes.The report was led by the O’Brien Institute’s Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Unit

The report aims to guide the development of future research and policy development by drawing attention to knowledge gaps in the cannabis and mental health literature. While it highlights research on the potential risks and benefits of cannabis use, it is not meant to serve as an educational, public health, or medical guide. 

 

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