Neural and behavioral correlates of accidental cannabis poisoning and potential treatments using cannabis-based drugs

Following the legalization of cannabis in Canada, the incidence of accidental exposure of children and pets to cannabis-containing products including foods is rising, leading to an increase in the number of cannabis poisoning cases being reported. The current treatment for cannabis poisoning generally involves monitoring and detoxification, which is not very effective, emphasizing the need for novel therapeutics for its management. In recognition of the problem described, this project seeks to study the behavioral and neuronal correlates of cannabis poisoning and to test the potential of using cannabis-based products to reverse some of the toxicity. The successful completion of this project will help address some of the safety concerns of cannabinoids for human and veterinary use and provide further evidence and support for the potential benefits of Avicanna’s products. Avicanna will also be able to develop and market the lead compounds identified in the pre-clinical studies.

Richard Quansah Amissah
Faculty Supervisor: 
Jibran Khokhar
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