U.S. medical cannabis healthcare system Compassionate Certification Centers™ plans to expand research endeavors to include more hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) studies following the legalization of hemp under the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill.

Dr. Bryan Doner, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at Compassionate Certification Centers, is currently leading the first clinical research study on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and CBD. In partnership with clinical research organization Affinity Bio Partners, Doner was selected by SciCann Therapeutics and FSD Pharma for the project.

Clinical research enrollment is expected to take place this February and will be comprised of 20 subjects, which could increase during the three-month trial. The pioneering study will look into the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant utilizing the CannaBot™ a cutting-edge artificial intelligence bot from AI Health Outcomes.

In addition, Doner and Compassionate Certification Centers plan to partner with a Pennsylvania university or medical school to do additional research in state, as well as internationally in South America and Europe.

“We are focused on combining cannabis-based therapy with other treatment modalities to get a better understanding of potential treatment synergies for specific conditions,” stated Doner.

Beyond Research, Compassionate Certification Centers Offers a Wealth of Services

Compassionate Certification Centers provides medical cannabis evaluations and certifications, as well as CBD evaluations, with locations throughout Pennsylvania. The company currently has over a dozen certified physicians with backgrounds in pain management, oncology, neurology, pediatrics, gastroenterology, immunology, primary care, rehabilitation, emergency medicine, and other specialties.

Compassionate Certification Centers  also carries its own line of THC-free, CBD products, available for purchase both online and at its offices. These products are legal for patients and non-cardholders. For information, call 1-888-316-9085or visit compassionatecertificationcenters.com.

A Growing Pennsylvania Program

Pennsylvania currently has more than 80,000 registered medical cannabis patients and will have a total of 79 dispensaries statewide once operational. In 2019, Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, introduced an adult-use cannabis legalization bill. The legislation, H.B. 50, included input from a large group of stakeholders, the medical community, and law enforcement. The bill would not only legalize adult-use cannabis, but also levy a tax on cannabis, which by estimates could generate more than $580 million in tax revenue.