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National Research Agenda on Cannabis

​​ National Research Agenda on the Health Effects of Non-Medical Cannabis Use defines important areas for cannabis research and identifies priorities for those working in the field. The report is a collaborative effort by CCSA and approximately 50 experts and stakeholders representing public health, law enforcement, prevention, academia and non-governmental organizations, and representatives of federal and provincial governments. The meeting at which they discussed the research agenda was co-hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Health Canada, Public Safety Canada and the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, International Program.

This initiative identified six key areas for future research:

  • The Endocannabinoid System

  • Neuroscience and the Effects of the Brain and Behaviour

  • Mental Health, Dependence, Treatment and Polysubstance Use

  • Psychomotor Performance, Impaired Driving, Detection and Polysubstance Use

  • Effective Approaches to Health Promotion and Harm Prevention

  • Social Determinants of Health, Psychosocial Impacts and Epidemiology

To facilitate the advancement of research, CCSA is developing a database of research activities related to non-medical cannabis use and various health and social outcomes across Canada.