Medical Cannabis Research Case Studies

In the past there have been few medical cannabis research studies but in recent years there’s been growing interest in researching the medical uses of cannabis. This page lists just a few of the research studies that have been carried out in the following areas:

There have also been some research studies into finding the best delivery method for medical cannabis, including this one on the use of vaporisers.

Glossary of terms:

Here are some of the terms used in the research papers:research-science

  • APGAR – a simplified score to assess perinatal health
  • CBD – cannabidiol
  • THC – tetrahydrocannabinol
  • THCA – tetrahydrocannabinol acid (unheated cannabis)
  • PEG – Percutaneous enterogastrostomy (tube feeding)
  • MRI – Nuclear magnetic resonance (advanced brain imaging)
  • MCT – Medium chain triglyceride (refined coconut oil)


Curus Medical and its partners are readying to undertaking research studies and trials in the following areas:

  • Epilepsy (Children with refractory epilepsy)
  • Cancer and palliative care
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Multiple Sclerosis


Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain Reliefcannabis for pain relief

The use of cannabis for pain relief is increasingly common in many countries as the growing evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, for it’s efficacy in pain management is compelling. As more countries are legalizing cannabis for medicinal use, so too are the number of patients using cannabis for pain relief and the number of scientific research studies being carried out.

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Medical Cannabis for Multiple Sclerosis

Here are some of the medical cannabis research studies that have been carried out into the use of medical cannabis for Multiple Sclerosis treatment.

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Medical Cannabis Cancer Cure Research

While many websites claim that Cannabis cures cancer, the scientific community is still a long way from claiming that cannabis cures cancer. Scientific research into cannabis and cancer is still in its early stages however the studies that have been conducted have shown promising results.

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cannabis for eating disorders

Medical Cannabis for Eating Disorders

Results from some medical cannabis research studies indicate that Cannabis may be useful in the treatment of some eating disorders such as anorexia and obesity.

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Medical Cannabis for Diabetes

Some research studies have been conducted into the use of medical cannabis for diabetes.

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Medical Cannabis for Sleep Disorders

Several medical cannabis research studies have been carried out into the use of medical cannabis for sleeping disorders including sleep apnea.

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Medical Cannabis Delivery Systems

Vaporization as a “Smokeless” Cannabis Delivery System University of California, San Francisco
2007 April 19

Clinical Study Results

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of a vaporization system (the Volcano; VAPORMED® Inhalatoren) as a “smokeless” delivery system for inhaled marijuana. The study looked at heating marijuana to form a vapor and then comparing drug levels in the blood to those obtained from smoking an identical amount of marijuana from a cigarette. In addition, we compared the tolerability of the two methods and measured expired carbon dioxide to evaluate whether the vaporizer reduces exposure to respiratory toxins.

cannabis vaporiserEighteen healthy subjects were recruited and admitted to the inpatient ward of the General Clinical Research Centre (GCRC) at San Francisco General Hospital to investigate the delivery of marijuana by vaporization compared to marijuana smoked in a standard cigarette. One dose (1.7, 3.4, or 6.8% tetrahydrocannabinol) and delivery system (smoked marijuana cigarette or vaporization system) was randomly assigned for each of the six study days.

The analysis suggests that the blood levels of vaporized marijuana are similar to those of smoked marijuana. However, blood concentrations at 30 minutes after drug administration and beyond were significantly higher in vaporized marijuana as compared to smoked marijuana. In addition, the carbon monoxide levels were significantly reduced with vaporization compared with smoked marijuana. Fourteen participants preferred vaporization, 2 smoking, and 2 reported no preference. No adverse events were observed.

In this study, vaporization of marijuana was found to be a safe mode of delivery. Participants had a clear preference for vaporization over smoking as a delivery system for the marijuana used in this trial.

The Institute of Medicine report on Marijuana as Medicine published in 1999 concluded that “scientific data indicate the potential therapeutic value of cannabinoid drugs, primarily THC, for pain relief, control of N & V, appetite stimulation; smoked marijuana, however is a crude THC delivery system that also delivers harmful substances.” The report recommended that clinical trials of cannabinoid drugs for symptom management should be conducted with the goal of developing rapid onset, reliable, and safe delivery systems.

New Clinical Studies

There are very promising research studies using medical cannabis for a range of conditions. Here are a few:

Cannabinoid Profile Investigation of Vapourized Cannabis in Patients With Osteoarthritis of the Knee (CAPRI)
2015 January

McGill University Health Center
Dalhousie University
Algorithme Pharma Inc
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center

Effectiveness of Cannabis in the Treatment of Tinnitus PatientsMedical

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified January 2015 by Wolfson Medical Center.

Therapeutic Cannabis Vs Medical Marijuana

Is there a difference between medical cannabis and medical marijuana? No, not really. The general populace tends to refer to cannabis as marijuana, but those involved in the research and medical use of it tend to refer to it as cannabis because that’s its scientific name and because marijuana is associated with the recreational use. (It’s also sometimes referred to as medicinal hemp oil.)