Scientific research on cannabis reached new heights in 2022

Scientific research on cannabis reached new heights in 2022
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Cannabis research continues to flourish across the globe, with a record number of scientific papers published in 2022.  Hundreds more studies were published on cannabis in 2022 than in the years previously, according to figures collected by the US advocacy group NORML. Campaigners for wider access to cannabis and recognition of its therapeutic potential conducted a keyword search of the National Library of Medicine/ website.  The findings showed that more than 4,300 cannabis studies were published worldwide in the last 12 months, the highest number of cannabis-specific papers ever published in a single year. PubMed, a free resource supporting the search and retrieval of biomedical and life sciences literature, now cites over 42,500 scientific papers on cannabis or ‘marijuana’. Since 2010, scientists have published over 30,000 peer-reviewed papers specific to cannabis, with the annual number increasing year on year, according to NORML.  The majority of recent papers have focused on the therapeutic potential of the plant. A 2018 paper assessing trends in cannabis-related publications concluded that the total number of peer-reviewed publications dedicated to medical cannabis has increased nine-fold since the year 2,000.  By comparison, researchers published fewer than 2,000 total studies during the 1980s. Regulators and medical bodies have continually called for more evidence before they will consider endorsing widespread access to cannabis, which has been shown to have potential in treating a range of conditions, from chronic pain to anxiety and PTSD.  Commenting on the findings, NORML’s deputy director, Paul Armentano, said: “Despite claims by some that marijuana has yet to be subject to adequate scientific scrutiny, scientists’ interest in studying cannabis has increased exponentially in recent years, as has our understanding of the plant, its active constituents, their mechanisms of action, and their effects on both the user and upon society. “It is time for politicians and…

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