June 21, 2018: Nine scientists, including Dr. Walsh, delivered a co-authored letter to the U.S. Senate and House Leadership condemning the FDA recommendation for scheduling of the natural plant as a Schedule I banned substance, and urging the DEA to return the recommendation to the FDA for further study and development of appropriate regulations to preserve consumer access for the 3 – 5 million kratom users in America. Read it here.
June 11, 2018: Dr. Walsh spoke to CBC about a recent Health Canada raid of an Edmonton kratom retailer.
June 2, 2018: New research on cannabis and PTSD suggests that those who use cannabis report lower levels of depression and suicidality when compared to those who do not. Dr. Walsh commented on the research in the Globe and Mail.
May 8, 2018: Dr. Walsh has been invited to present to the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs in the Senate tomorrow at 9am. View the webcast here.
May 3, 2018: Did you see Dr. Walsh and colleagues open letter to Kellyanne Conway about the scheduling of kratom in the USA? You can read it here.
April 17, 2018: Dr. Walsh commented on the relationship between cannabis and youth mental health in anticipation of a CBC event on the same topic – Clearing the the air regarding cannabis and youth
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.