Clinical Research

For thousands of years, the cannabis plant has been used as medicine all over the world. Many people have used it to increase appetite, decrease vomiting and nausea, control spasms and reduce pain. The Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Medical Cannabis has created a Review of Medical Cannabis Studies relating to Chemical Compositions and Dosages for Qualifying Medical Conditions.

The state will be monitoring and evaluating health impacts experienced by patients taking medical cannabis. This information will help patients and health professionals broaden their understanding of the benefits, risks and side effects of medical cannabis. Patient privacy will be protected, and individual patient information will not be shared with anyone.

The Office of Medical Cannabis will collect information on these topics:

  • Which medicines were used for each condition?
  • How often is there a switch to a different medicine type and what is the distribution of these switches?
  • What were the starting dosages? Overall and by medicine type?
  • In what percent of patients was a medicine effective for each condition? How long does it take for indications of effectiveness to appear for each condition and medicine type?
  • What is the frequency of side-effects, overall, and by condition?
  • At what dosages do side effects tend to occur?
  • How long do patients remain in the program? Why do they discontinue?

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