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Medical Marijuana Research Program

The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program (PAMMP), a product of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act, allows for the certified medical use of marijuana by eligible patients that are residents of the Commonwealth. Chapter 20 of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act, signed into law in 2016, sets forth legislation regarding Academic Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and Clinical Registrants (CR) and recognizes the potential benefits of medical marijuana research to patients suffering from various medical conditions.

LECOM became a certified ACRC in 2018 and has been conducting medical marijuana research with their CR: CannTech PA LLC doing business as Ayr Wellness. Please see below for the most recent updates regarding our current studies.

Study Title Description Status
Medical Marijuana vs Quality of Life Assessment Evaluate the overall impact of medical marijuana on a person’s quality of life over a time period of 90 days Closed
Effects of Medical Cannabis on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Patients Examine the effects medical marijuana has on symptoms of IBD (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis) over a time period of 90 days Open
Effects of Medical Marijuana on Anxiety, Depression, and Sleep Functioning in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Patients Analyze the effects medical marijuana has on common symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety, depression, and sleep patterns over a time period of 360 days Open
Impact of Medical Marijuana on Pain Management and Opioid Use Quantify the impact medical marijuana has on the perception of chronic pain and opioid use patterns over a time period of 360 days Closed

Eligibility requirements to participate for all studies are as follows:

  • 18+ years old
  • Own a valid Medical Marijuana ID card
  • Able to use a computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Competent in English language and able to provide consent
  • Able to only use Ayr Wellness products from a Pennsylvania dispensary while enrolled
  • Diagnosed with one of the various qualifying conditions listed under the study title (IBD, PTSD, Chronic Pain, or Opioid Use Disorder)

If you are interested in participating in any of the above studies, or for any questions or concerns about LECOM’s Medical Marijuana Research, please contact the following:

Mark Kelley, B.S.
Clinical Research Coordinator
(814) 860-5119
mkelley@lecom.edu