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: 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.
May 31, 2017: A study out of our lab is among the first to compare the effects of different strains of cannabis on PTSD. Read more here.
May 18, 2017: Dr. Walsh recently spoke at the Drug Plan Management conference in Vancouver regarding the use of medical cannabis. Read more here.
May 6, 2017: CBC recently reported on Veteran Affairs’ plans to investigate cannabis for PTSD and spoke with Dr. Walsh about the importance of this and other clinical trials.
May 3, 2017: Dr. Walsh will be speaking at the Cannabis Hemp Conference in Vancouver this weekend. He recently spoke with the Georgia Straight about the misconceptions of cannabis use, recreational vs medical cannabis use, and making peace with this ancient plant.
April 26, 2017: The lab recently attended Psychedelic Science 2017 which was the largest-ever scientific meeting on the topic. We presented at three different sessions and you can watch Dr. Walsh’s talk, “Psychedelic Therapy & Third Wave Behaviorism: Prevention of Interpersonal Violence” here.
April 20, 2017: Dr. Walsh discusses the differences of smoking cannabis and consuming edibles.
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.
October 30, 2016: Dr. Walsh and PhD student Jennifer Langille recently published a study which concluded that psychopathy increased the risk of violence in romantic relationships. The research also found that the association between psychopathic personality traits and violence was consistent across both students and psychiatric patients.
October 17, 2016: Could the Canadian government be thinking about legalizing psychedelics? Policy Horizons Canada, the governmental agency that identifies emerging policy issues and explores policy challenges and opportunities for Canada, has a page on this very topic and they cite research out of the Walsh Lab that showed that the use of psychedelics was associated with a reduction in domestic violence. Take a look here.
October 7, 2016: Professor Zach Walsh is about to undertake one of the largest medical cannabis clinical trials to take place in Canada in recent memory. Watch his interview here.
September 28, 2016: Reefer sadness: What happens when couples’ drug use is not compatible? Dr. Walsh offers research on substance use in relationships.
September 21, 2016: Should there be a legal age for buying and smoking cannabis? Dr. Walsh gives his opinion on this important question.
September 16, 2016: “What it’s like to be high on kratom, according to the people who use it”. More coverage by the Washington Post.
September 15, 2016: Read the Washington Post coverage on the DEA’s plan to ban kratom. This story includes research Dr. Walsh and colleagues published last year.
July 11, 2016: Dr. Walsh was invited to present on the “Therapeutic Applications for Cannabis and Psychedelics” at Bass Coast this past weekend.
May 20, 2016: Dr. Walsh will be speaking about the cannabis research that’s being done at UBC and internationally when he presents at the Vancouver Cannabis Hemp Conference July 9 and 10, 2016.
May 13, 2016: UBC celebrated ‘exemplary role models’ this past week – Dr. Walsh was named one of two winners of the Teaching Excellence and Innovation award.
April 26, 2016: Recently published study finds psychedelic drugs may reduce domestic violence.
March 28, 2016: Health Canada granted approval for our clinical trial of Cannabis for PTSD.
February 24, 2016: Allard et al v. Canada decision handed down today. Dr. Walsh served as an expert witness for the defence and our lab’s CAMPS research was heavily cited in the judge’s decision.
December 16, 2015: Read the specifics of our clinical trial Evaluating Safety and Efficacy of Cannabis in Participants With Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
December 3, 2015: Dr. Walsh attended the national medical cannabis roundtable discussion in Vancouver. He was invited to share his expertise on future directions for cannabis research.
December 2, 2015: CBC Radio West interviewed Dr. Walsh about the recent announcement by the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union and the B.C. Private Liquor Store Association about the prospects of non-medical marijuana being sold in B.C. Liquor Stores.
November 23, 2015: New publication in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs co-authored with Erowid founders.
November 18-21, 2015: Dr. Walsh presented on “Medical Cannabis in 2015: From the Lab to the Clinic” at the The International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Washington, D.C.
October 29, 2015: Kim Crosby was named 1 of 14 influential women in the B.C. cannabis industry.
October 2-3, 2015: Dr. Walsh presented on “Cannabis and the Treatment of PTSD” at the Psychedelic Psychotherapy conference in Victoria, B.C.
September 14, 2015: New publication in Drug Alcohol Review, “Substituting cannabis for prescription drugs, alcohol and other substances among medical cannabis patients: The impact of contextual factors.”
July 19, 2015: Dr. Walsh spoke at the Vancouver Cannabis Conference. Find more information here.
June 28 – July 2, 2015: The lab was busy at ICRS 2015 with Dr. Walsh and graduate students Kim Crosby and Chris Carroll all presenting research. They presented on a wide range of topics from Cannabis and Aggression, and Cannabis for Arthritis, to the SEED project which was aimed at developing standards and certification for dispensaries.
May 19, 2015: Dr. Walsh recently spoke at the American Psychiatry Association in Toronto, a talk titled, “Translating the Rapidly Expanding Basic and Clinical Knowledge Base of Cannabinoid Medicine Into the Holistic Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Disorders.”
February 25, 2015: Dr. Walsh testified as an expert witness for Allard et al. V. Her Majesty The Queen. Dr. Walsh was questioned about the Cannabis Access for Medical Purposes Survey (CAMPS) he conducted.
November 14, 2014: UBC & Tilray form partnership to study cannabis for the treatment of PTSD. The study is poised to be one of the first in the world to conduct a clinical trial examining cannabis as a treatment for a mental health disorder.
November 12, 2014: Masters student Kim Crosby was awarded $17500 from SSHRC for her research titled, “A dangerous cocktail: an examination of the associations between problematic substance use and experiences of intimate partner violence.”
May 13, 2014: Dr. Walsh and his colleague Philippe Lucas, spoke to the House of Commons about marijuana’s health risks and harms (as well as some of the benefits). Read the transcript here.