(Cannabist) While pot prohibition officially ended in 2012, when voters in Colorado and Washington said yes to legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana, that was only the beginning. Adult-use cannabis’ steady trickle continued in the 2014 election, when Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. all joined the 420-friendly ranks. But this year the legalization gates sprang open as eight of the nine states with marijuana measures on their ballots voted to legalize it — four on the retail side, four on the medical side. In 2016, we saw some important cannabis research published in top medical journals — research that flips the script on previously held beliefs and research that backs up what we’ve already seen anecdotally with medical cannabis. And so here are some of the year’s most important scientific studies on cannabis.
- Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Prescription Medication Use In Medicare Part D, published in Health Affairs
- Pot-Smokers Harm Gums; Other Physical Effects Slight, published in Duke Today
- Effects of Medical Marijuana on Migraine Headache Frequency in an Adult Population, published in Pharmacotherapy
- Subjective Aggression During Alcohol and Cannabis Intoxication Before and After Aggression Exposure, published in Psychopharmacology
- GW Pharmaceuticals Announces Second Positive Phase 3 Pivotal Trial for Epidiolex (cannabidiol in the Treatment of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, not published)