Building on years of expertise in working with cannabis and mental health, IRCCMH was created to bridge a gap between research and clinical practice. IRCCMH was developed out of a chance meeting between the two co-founders, Dr. Jan Roberts and Dr. Jahan Marcu, at a cannabis conference in Israel in 2017. Both Jan and Jahan recognized the need to look at cannabis and its impact on mental health issues from an objective perspective. They decided to develop a community-based institute that collaborates with universities, researchers, foundations, state institutions, and other organizations to leverage the best talent in the field.
With a passion for research and education mixed with a little courage, Jahan and Jan decided on creating the International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health. So far, the response has been overwhelming. Building on Jan's expertise as a successful business woman and clinician and Jahan's years of experience on cannabis education, safety, and advocacy, IRCCMH was set. The first research project affiliating IRCCMH and NYU was launched in April of 2018. Two additional projects are currently planned for Summer 2018 with plans for continued expansion.