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Aims and Scope

The Journal of Cannabis Research is an international, fully open access, peer-reviewed journal that welcomes submissions covering all topics pertaining to cannabis. Our goal is to provide an outlet for experts across disciplines and foster innovation and collaboration, driving public discourse around this timely issue and furthering this exciting area of research. 

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The Two Sides of Hemp

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

Why publish with us?

Achieve high impact with a broad audience and publish in the leading open access cannabis research journal

  • Impact Factor of 3.7, CiteScore™ of 3.5 and mean 6.5k downloads/article
  • Truly multidisciplinary covering all aspects of cannabis and led by an esteemed Editorial Board
  • Broadly indexed and highly discoverable, including PubMed Central, Scopus, Web of Science and more...

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Truly multidisciplinary

Our journal welcomes all aspects of cannabis research, divided into the following sections:

  • 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

In Memoriam: Raphael Mechoulam

It is with great sadness that the Journal of Cannabis Research report the death of world-renowned cannabis researcher and our valued editorial board member, Raphael Mechoulam, PhD, on March 9, 2023.

Read a tribute from our Editor-in-Chief.

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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About the Editor-in-Chief

David GorelickDavid A. Gorelick, MD, PhD, DLFAPA, is Professor of Psychiatry (part-time) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, having retired in October 2013 from the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Baltimore, Maryland.  

Dr Gorelick's research interests are the clinical pharmacology of substance use, substance withdrawal, and biological treatments of substance use disorders. His recent work focuses on cannabis (including its potential therapeutic uses), cocaine, and individuals with co-morbid psychiatric disorders.

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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

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    3.7 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.4 - 5-year Impact Factor
    0.741 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)

    2022 Speed
    11 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    302 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    3,864 Altmetric mentions