May 11, 2015
By Michael Kramer
McGill University researchers have opened a registry for medicinal marijuana use – that will allow doctors to determine the drug’s safety and effectiveness – in treating a variety of diseases.
The project will store clinical data collected directly from patients who use medical cannabis.
Any licensed Quebec physician who wants to prescribe cannabis for their patients – can enrol them in the registry.
In Quebec, marijuana can be prescribed only as part of a research project.
Principal researcher Dr. Mark Ware says the database is needed – to track the type of patients who are using medical cannabis – for what conditions and at how large a dose.
Health Canada estimates that more than 40,000 Canadians legally consume cannabis – to relieve symptoms from such diseases as multiple sclerosis, HIV, cancer and epilepsy.