Mental Health Advocates Invest in Minority Focused Research

CANNABIS CULTURE – The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is investing $2 million to address research gaps in the effects of cannabis on mental health among diverse populations of Canada.

“To gain a clear understanding of the mental health impacts of cannabis use in Canada, we must include representations from all areas of the population—particularly from those communities who are frequently overlooked in research,” said MHCC president and CEO Michel Rodrigue.

In total there are 18 research projects to address research gaps in the impacts of cannabis for individuals with a history of trauma, cannabis use among individuals with substance use disorders who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, and improved pathways to care for young people in racialized and Indigenous communities with emerging psychosis.

“I think it’s fair to say that the [MHCC] research on cannabis and mental health is making a really unique contribution because it’s so focused on the needs of diverse populations,” says Dr. Mary Bartram, MHCC Director of Mental Health and Substance Use. “And because it’s been really guided by what we call lived—and sometimes living—experience of cannabis and mental health. And that’s a core principle of the [MHCC] and, frankly the mental health and substance abuse

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