Recent News

March 27, 2017: The New York Times recently published a story highlighting cannabis as a treatment for substance use problems and drew on the substitution research Dr. Walsh has published.

March 26, 2017: New bill introduced in Manitoba may further stigmatize those using cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Read more here.

February 28, 2017: The Globe and Mail reports on our new “substitution” publication. Patients report cannabis is equal or more effective with a better side effect profile than many other drugs including opioids. See our Media page for more coverage.

February 16, 2017: Dr. Walsh will be speaking on a panel titled, “Can early intervention improve mental health outcomes in youth?“, with other mental health experts in Kelowna on February 23 at 6:30pm.

February 10, 2017: Medical cannabis access, use, and substitution for prescription opioids and other substances: A survey of authorized medical cannabis patients – New publication in the International Journal of Drug Policy by Dr. Walsh and colleague Philippe Lucas.

January 10, 2017: Dr. Walsh will be speaking about his recently published review article on cannabis and mental health on January 24 at UBC Okanagan. Click here for more details on the event. UPDATE: View the talk here.

January 9, 2017: Dope Magazine recently featured 7 individuals “who are living and breathing the DOPE LIFE. Each person represented has in one way or another built up the cannabis community in an undeniable fashion.” Zach was named one of the DOPEst people of 2017.  See our Media page for more coverage.

January 4, 2017: Upcoming event in Vancouver on January 27 – CANNABIS & SPIRITUALITY: A Book Launch and Celebration with Stephen Gray & Friends. Click here for more details.

December 2, 2016: Men’s Journal recently interviewed Dr. Walsh about the review article. Here’s an excerpt: “I believe cannabis should be treated the same as other medicines,” says Walsh. “It should be held to the same standards and subject to the same risk-versus-benefit evaluations. We know that its negative effects are certainly tolerable compared to those of many medications we use, so let’s not leave behind all the people who aren’t finding relief in traditional therapies.” Click here to read the full interview.

November 27, 2016: Dr. Walsh was a guest on ‘Hash Church’ this past Sunday and he spoke about the cannabis for PTSD study, the quality and access of cannabis for research, and much more. Watch here.

November 21, 2016: Former Police Chief and B.C.’s Solictor General Kash Heed interviewed Dr. Walsh about the recent review article. Listen at 107.7 Pulse FM.

November 18, 2016: CTV News interviewed Dr. Walsh about our recent review article. Watch the interview here.

November 16, 2016: Time magazine highlighted our recent review article.“We are really excited about the potential substitution effect,” says study author Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. “If people use cannabis as a replacement for opioid medications, or to get off of opioids or cut back, we could see some pretty dramatic public health benefits.” See our Media page for more coverage.

November 16, 2016: Dr. Walsh and his team recently reviewed studies of medical cannabis and mental health, as well as reviews on non-medical cannabis use—making the review one of the most comprehensive on the topic to date. View the review here.