An Objective Voice in Cannabis Research
At the Cannabis Education and Research Institute, we’re leading careful research to gain a deeper understanding of the potential of medicinal cannabis.
Our Latest Research Project:
CERI is collaborating with the Compassionate Care Foundation on a series of Patient Centered Outcome Research studies – advancing research by obtaining feedback from medical cannabis users.
We are looking to partner with additional medical marijuana dispensaries on this research project.
Why Get Involved with our Research?
CERI plans to bring together thought leaders in the field, create a registry for physicians, patients, and researchers, and create pilot programs for payers to determine the value of cannabis to their members. As public policy around cannabis continues to shift, CERI will be a powerful voice in support of the medicinal cannabis patient.
CERI advocates strongly for a change in the Drug Enforcement Administration classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. While the use of medical marijuana has been legalized in many states, there is no accepted medical use of marijuana at a federal level. Using cannabis, even in laboratory research, in states where it’s legal is considered a federal felony — creating legal issues that continue to hold back important research and consequentially, treatment of patients. We hope our own research projects can help bring about much needed policy change.
Our Board of Trustees is composed of physicians, scientists, and public policy experts who believe that CERI can advance research and objective analysis of medical cannabis. We will keep our supporters apprised as we move forward with our mission to advance research and knowledge of cannabis.
Finding the Best Treatment for Patients:
As we advance medical cannabis research through patient feedback, we plan to research the effect of cannabis on pain and nausea related to cancer and cancer treatment. The Compassionate Care Foundation’s research already has found that many people using opioids for chronic pain can reduce or stop their opioid use with medicinal marijuana.
We also believe there is an urgent need to study the vaping of cannabis, as people across the nation have fallen ill vaping marijuana. At a time where many states are moving to legalize cannabis recreationally — a change that has the potential to devastate the medical cannabis industry, research is critical.
Securing the Future of Medical Marijuana Treatment:
In Oregon, reports found that after recreational marijuana was legalized, the number of medical-only shops fell from 400 to 2. Patients who relied on specific cannabis strains, often those with low levels of THC, found fewer options and significant price hikes, and struggled to receive the treatment they needed. The legalization of recreational use in California and Colorado also led to a similar decrease in the accessibility of medical marijuana for CA and CO residents.
Marajuana strains useful for medical cannabis patients are often not popular with recreational users. As a result, as many people turn to cheaper, more easily accessible recreational marijuana, there is less incentive for medical dispensaries to continue to cultivate medicinal strains so many patients rely on.
For people who rely on medical marijuana to control ailments such as epilepsy, nausea from cancer pain, multiple sclerosis spasms, and other chronic conditions, losing access to their treatment can be devastating.
At CERI, we believe the best way to preserve access to medical cannabis is through reputable research — research that could prompt third-party payers to cover medical cannabis. Medical coverage of cannabis could strongly sustain the market for medical marijuana as states continue to legalize recreational use – supporting both medical marijuana patients and dispensaries.
Are you a medical cannabis dispensary interested in participating in our research? Contact us.