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Aims and Scope

The Journal of Cannabis Research is an international, fully open access, peer-reviewed journal covering all topics pertaining to cannabis, including original research, perspectives, commentaries and protocols. Our goal is to provide an accessible outlet for expert interdisciplinary discourse on cannabis research.

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Journal of Cannabis Research is the highest ranked journal in the field. We are led by an Editorial Board with expertise in every aspect of cannabis and publish all content fully open access for all to read. Fully indexed, highly accessible, efficiently reviewed and read by a diverse audience.

  • Agriculture and plant biology
  • Commerce, business, and environment
  • Endocannabinoid system
  • Cannabis and cannabinoids biochemistry and genetics
  • Cannabis and cannabinoids preclinical pharmacology
  • Cannabis and cannabinoids clinical pharmacology
  • Epidemiology and public health
  • Cannabis-related disorders
  • Medical cannabis
  • History, regulation, and public policy


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Editor-in-Chief

David GorelickDavid A. Gorelick, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, following on from 24 years at the Intramural Research Program of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr Gorelick's interests lie in clinical pharmacology, medical cannabis, substance use and comorbid psychiatric disorders. 

Editorial Board & Section Editors

We are recruiting!

Journal of Cannabis Research is recruiting Associate Editors. As the growth of the journal continues, we are looking to expand our editorial team. If you have experience in any form of cannabis research, we would like to hear from you. Please follow the link below to find out more about the role and apply.

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Webinar Series: Institute of Cannabis Research

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Register for the Webinar Series hosted by the Institute of Cannabis Research and watch a comprehensive archive of cutting edge science presented by experts across the spectrum of cannabis research.
The Cannabis Research Series hosted in collaboration with the Lambert Center at Thomas Jefferson University
Cannabis Plant Science and Cultivation, hosted in collaboration with the Volcani Institute in Israel.

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The Two Sides of Hemp

New Content ItemSection Editor for Agriculture and Plant Biology, Dr Nirit Bernstein, is pleased to present "The Two Sides of Hemp: Medical and Industrial". This collection covers hemp plant science; chemistry and cultivation; ethnobotany and regulations; medical and industrial uses of hemp and hemp products (such as cannabidiol); and the differences between hemp and psychoactive cannabis.

About the Institute

Institute of Cannabis Research

The Journal of Cannabis Research is the official publication of the Institute of Cannabis Research (ICR), which was established in June 2016 through an innovative partnership between Colorado State University Pueblo, the state of Colorado, and Pueblo County.

The ICR is the first US multi-disciplinary cannabis research center at a regional, comprehensive institution. The primary goal of the ICR is to conduct or fund research related to cannabis and publicly disseminate the results of the research, which it does so in partnership with the Journal. It also advises other Colorado-based higher education institutions on the development of a cannabis-related curriculum and supports the translation of discoveries into innovative applications that improve lives. 

Find out more about the the Institute via the link below, as well as the Colorado state University–Pueblo website and Institute's research funding outcomes.

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New Content ItemThe Editor-in-Chief is a member of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 4.1
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 3.8
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.894
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.692

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 22
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 211

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 596,678
    Altmetric mentions: 1,834