Volume 3, Issue 1

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Letter From the Editor

We are entering a time in the cannabis industry when research and accurate reporting of scientific outcomes are becoming increasingly important. The field is facing competition from unlikely sources. One source of competition comes from within the industry. This competitor uses an ingenious combination of creative marketing and false promises by self-proclaimed canna-experts, who have […]

Cannabis by the Numbers

Check out some very interesting cannabis statistics.

AJEM Welcomes Uma Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Uma Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP, has been appointed Medical Directorand Editor of a new AJEM column entitled Patients, Providers, and Possibilities.The new column will feature clinical insights based on Dr. Uma’s medical cannabis practice, Uplifting Health & Wellness, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Like many medical providers, Dr. Uma did not start out with the intention […]

Patient Perceptions on the Efficacy and Safety of Cannabidiol Products and the Role of the Pharmacist: A Cross-Sectional Study

In recent years, there has been an increase in the discourse surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) products. Current studies have shown that CBD can ameliorate symptoms suchas pain and anxiety; however, the data are limited. CBD products are generally perceived by patients to be effective and safe, with few adverse effects.1,2 The general public, however, may not […]

Women in Cannabis

I am, if nothing else, a champion of women and have been so my entire career, including in my current role in the medical cannabis field as well as in my 18 years as aboard-certified obstetrician and gynecologist (OB/GYN). Co-founding the female-ownedmedical cannabis dispensary, Greenhouse Wellness, and developing female-focused medical cannabis products are examples of […]

National Trends in Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis

Using publicly available data from US state registries, my colleagues and I examined national trends of the medical conditions for which people obtain medical cannabis licenses.1 Our findings from the 20 states with viable data showed that medical cannabis licensure has increased dramatically over the past 10 years, from ~72,000in 2009 to more than 645,000 […]

Historical Perspective on Early Cannabinoid Isolation

Fifty-six years ago, Professor Raphael Mechoulam published a landmark paper on the isolation and structural elucidation of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).1 The paper described the isolation of THC from hashish using column chromatography followed by the preparation of a crystalline 3,5-dinitrophenyl urethane derivative in order to crystallize it to purity. The pure crystalline derivative was hydrolyzed to […]

Compassionate Cannabis Clinic

When former emergency medicine (EM) physician Barry Gordon, MD, opened the doorof the Compassionate Cannabis Clinic on January 3, 2017, he had already booked up the entire first month of practice. The small practice quickly evolved into a state-of-the-art facility in Venice, Florida. He currently sees more than 5000 medical cannabis patients per year. From […]

Medical Cannabis for Ulcerative Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Patient’s Insight

Ulcerative colitis (UC), a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that extends from the rectum to varying lengths of the colon, is characterized by alternating cycles of relapse and remission. The etiology of UC is unknown; it is a complex, chronic systemic diseasewith potential extraintestinal manifestations. In the United States, it is currently estimated that […]

Case Report: Squamous Cell Carcinoma and THC-Rich Cannabinoid Oil

Suzanne Sisley, MDPresident and Principal Investigator, Scottsdale Research Institute, Phoenix, ArizonaCarlos F. Rodriguez, MDDermatopathologist and Mohs Surgeon, Ironwood Dermatology, Tuscon, ArizonaJahan Marcu, PhDEditor in Chief, American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine,and Founding Partner, Marcu & AroraNew York, New York IntroductionWith the rising incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer, there is a need for exploring alternative and noninvasive […]