Building on years of expertise in working with cannabis and mental health, IRCCMH was started to bridge a gap between research and clinical practice. IRCCMH was developed out of a chance meeting between the two co-founders at a cannabis conference in Israel. Both Jan and Jahan recognized the need to look at cannabis and its impact from an objective perspective on mental health issues. They decided to develop an organization that would be community-focused but would link to universities, foundations, state institutions, and other organizations to leverage the best in their fields.
IRCCMH in its short time has a few research initiatives already in process. Aligned with the Silver School of Social Work at NYU, the first project involves research on mental health clinician attitudes and knowledge surrounding cannabis and mental health (NYU IRB-FY2018-1951).
IRCCMH is already busy working on research looking at cannabis and cancer as well as cannabis and opioid use.
Other areas of interest in the IRCCMH research pipeline include:
IRCCMH is launching Fall 2018 new continuing education programs for mental health clinicians and other healthcare providers on the endocannabinoid system, cannabis and mood regulation.
To learn more or to schedule IRCCMH to provide your facility with CEUs, email firstname.lastname@example.org
IRCCMH recognizes that each state's laws and issues are different. IRCCMH provides advising and guidance for state-sponsored medical cannabis programs. Not only can we provide opportunities to research, we can provide guidance about the public health impacts of regulations and changes to regulations regarding access to cannabis-based products.
IRCCMH staff has helped guide regulators to create, implement cannabis programs in PA, DE, NJ, UT, CA, and other states. Our staff are members of several standards and trade advisory groups for cannabis and other botanical products.
Blending the rigors of science, education and common-sense advocacy is at the heart of IRCCMH's work. We work with patients who have questions about cannabis, their state's regulations, and how to proceed. Our consultation is based on an understanding of how confusing this process can be. We have a passion for safety and ensuring the medical cannabis users have the support and expertise they need to make informed decisions around safety and healthy use.