Recent News

April 5, 2018: Check out the Grassroots Expo this weekend in Vancouver. Dr. Walsh and colleagues will be speaking on a number of interesting topics including, cannabis and pain management, and cannabis and mental health.

February 23, 2018: UBCO becomes the second university in Canada to cover medicinal cannabis for students in a one year trial period, thanks in part to the advocacy work of graduate students in the lab. See our media page for coverage on this outstanding development.

February 19, 2018: Dr. Walsh speaks out against the U.S. Food and Drug Association’s alarmist article on kratom, and its potential use as a treatment for opioid withdrawal symptoms.

January 31, 2018: Dr. Walsh was quoted in an advice column regarding potential long term health effects of frequent cannabis use, and how legalization will offer the chance to learn more about associated risk.

January 25, 2018:  On Wednesday, January 24. Dr. Walsh was interviewed by The Globe and Mail, on the announcement that the federal government is giving $1.4 million in cannabis research grants, and on Dr. Walsh receiving one of the grants.

January 14, 2018: This past weekend, graduate student Michelle Thiessen spoke on a panel at the Lift Cannabis Expo where she shared about educating young people about cannabis. See a photo of her and the other panelists here. 

January 10, 2018: Our lab has partnered with Eden Medicinal Society to help evaluate their ongoing Opioid Substitution Program in Vancouver Downtown Eastside. The Globe and Mail highlighted this program in a recent article on the opioid crisis. 

December 19, 2017: Vancouver’s News1130 speaks with Dr. Walsh about his recently published systematic review on Kratom. See our Media page for more coverage.

December 1, 2017: Research out of our lab was mentioned in a recent BBC article. 

October 25, 2017: On Wednesday, November 1, Dr. Walsh will be speaking about cannabis and mental health at a free community forum on mental health and resiliency. See our media page for more.

October 23, 2017: New research by Dr. Walsh and colleagues suggests that classic psychedelics can help to reduce antisocial behaviour and in turn, reduce the likelihood a person may participate in criminal activity. Read more about it in his recent interview with the Vancouver Sun. See our Media page for more coverage.

October 18, 2017: Our lab is co-hosting psychedelic psychotherapists, Richard Yensen and Donna Dryer, on November 2 for a talk titled ‘The Return of Psychedelic Psychotherapy: A Pioneer’s Perspective from a Healing Frontier’. 

October 12, 2017: New research out of our lab found that medical cannabis patients prefer accessing cannabis from a dispensary than growing it themselves or purchasing from a friend or stranger. See our media page for more coverage.

October 4, 2017: Dr. Walsh spoke with CBC about McMaster University’s new smoking ban that will disproportionately affect medical cannabis users.

September 13, 2017: Our lab will be observing an opioid substitution program being run by Eden dispensaries. Read more about it here.

September 8, 2017: CBC’s The National interviewed Dr. Walsh about Ontario’s proposed cannabis regulations. 

September 8, 2017: Graduate student and CSSDP board member, Michelle Thiessen, was interviewed on Power and Politics regarding Ontario’s proposed cannabis regulations and how they may impact young people in that province.

August 1, 2017: The Georgia Straight interviewed Dr. Walsh about a problematic cannabis education campaign that’s showed on in New Brunswick. 

July 14, 2017: Graduate students Kim and Michelle had the opportunity to visit Tilray for a tour last week. Tilray is sponsoring our ongoing clinical trial of cannabis for PTSD.

July 11, 2017: A new publication from Dr. Walsh, graduate student Kim Crosby, and colleagues examined patient experiences with dispensaries.

July 1, 2017: Colleagues from the B.C. Centre on Substance Use co-authored a commentary with Dr. Walsh where they fact-checked cannabis legalization claims made by Members of Parliament.

June 19, 2017: In an open letter, signed by our lab and more than 50 researchers across Canada, we urged the federal government to make cannabis research a priority in preparation for upcoming legalization.

June 5, 2017: Noisey explores “why music sounds so good on drugs” in this recent interview with Dr. Walsh.