Recent 'core journal' review articles:
Choo EK, Emery SL. Clearing the haze: the complexities and challenges of research on state marijuana laws. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2017;1394:55-73. Article conclusion: This review provides a background on marijuana laws in the United States and an overview of existing policy research, discusses methodological considerations when planning analysis of state marijuana laws, and highlights specific topics needing further development and investigation.
Carliner H, Brown QL, Sarvet AL et al. Cannabis use, attitudes, and legal status in the U.S.: A review. Prev Med. 2017;104:13-23. Article conclusion: Multiple nationally representative studies indicate that medical marijuana laws (MMLs) have had little effect on cannabis use among adolescents, [but] available evidence suggests that MMLs increase use and cannabis use disorders in adults. … More permissive marijuana laws may accomplish social justice aims (e.g., reduce racial disparities in law enforcement) and generate tax revenues. However, such laws may increase cannabis-related adverse health and psychosocial consequences by increasing the population of users. Dissemination of balanced information about the potential health harms of cannabis use is needed.
Karl T, Garner B, Cheng D. The therapeutic potential of the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol for Alzheimer's disease. Behav Pharmacol. 2017 Apr;28(2 and 3 - Special Issue):142-160. doi: 10.1097/FBP.0000000000000247. Article conclusion: This review presents a brief introduction to AD biology and current treatment options, outlines CBD biology and pharmacology, followed by in-vitro and in-vivo evidence for the therapeutic potential of CBD, discusses the role of the endocannabinioid system in AD, comments on the potential future of CBD for AD therapy (including safety aspects).
Links to websites and online publications:
Resources for Physicians
- Consent form template for physicians (This template is editable but PA-specific. It is advised to clear it through your own legal or other oversight mechanisms)
- Medicinal cannabis guide for physicians practicing in New Jersey