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StaffJuly 29, 2020
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A new study is being conducted to measure the quality of life that medical cannabis patients in Pennsylvania report when using cannabis to address pain relief.  The University of the Sciences and Releaf App have partnered with the Pennsylvania dispensary Keystone Canna Remedies to conduct a second collaborative research study on the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program.

An original study by that group found that cannabis products with THC gave the greatest symptom relief in patients. The report said that on a 10-point scale, the pain relief seen in patients taking primarily THC products was nearly two points, a statistically significant difference from one point reduction seen in patients taking primarily CBD based products.

Dr. Andrew Peterson, Executive Director of the Substance Use Disorders Institute, and principal investigator notes that “the results of the first study showed that THC products used by PA patients had a beneficial effect on pain, but now we need to find out if a patient’s health-related quality of life is also improved as a result of the pain relief from cannabis use.”

“KCR has always prioritized the furthering of cannabis research in Pennsylvania, and dispensaries with established patient bases should be looked at as data-rich resources,” said Victor Guadagnino, Founder of Keystone Canna Remedies. “As part of our ongoing care, we equip our robust patient base with tools to self analyze which should prove very effective for this study.  Participation in this study also empowers patients to have an active role in their healthcare while engaging in a way that can shape the overall understanding of cannabis beyond state lines.”

“While Pennsylvania has a robust clinical research program designed specifically for pre-approved licensed operators and universities, one of our goals is to open up research opportunities beyond the pre-approved stakeholders to a wider group of universities, dispensaries, and cannabis brands who are commonly motivated to contribute to our growing body of cannabis research,” says Keenan Keeling, CEO of MoreBetter Ltd, the company behind Releaf App. “Focusing on the efficacy of Pennsylvania products, as reported by Pennsylvania patients, allows us to provide actionable insights to cannabis patients and regional stakeholders. Ultimately, we aim to improve the experience for both patients and healthcare professionals within the state.”

Certified medical cannabis patients in Pennsylvania medicating for pain relief who are interested in signing up to participate in this research study can reach out to medicalcannabis@usciences.edu. Healthcare professionals, dispensaries, and growers/processors in Pennsylvania who are interested in supporting or participating in this research study, or future study efforts, can reach out to tyler@releafapp.com.


StaffJuly 22, 2020
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As the pandemic stretches into more months, dispensaries are realizing that this might not be a temporary situation. Slapping up some plastic sheets isn’t a solution that will work for the long-term and it just doesn’t look nice. One company has incorporated new safety design measures in its dispensaries and it seems that these local level efforts could set a trend nationwide.

Led by the Guadagnino family (a family-owned business), Keystone Canna Remedies (KCR) is an MMJ dispensary chain in Pennsylvania that currently has 3 locations – Allentown, Bethlehem, and Stroudsburg (the Poconos). Its third dispensary in Stroudsburg, PA has included features in its design of the space by architect Ryan Welty of RGW Architecture, LLC to make sure both patients and employees are safe.

Since many medical marijuana patients are already dealing with immunocompromised conditions, it is even more important to protect them. The patients need to feel safe if they are leaving their homes to meet with a professional or get medicine. 

KCR Stroudsburg’s design and policy measures included the following measures:

  • The efficient use of space to expedite patient flow
  • Tempered glass partitions separating patients from sale counters
  • Quartz countertops, which boast anti-microbial properties
  • Physical distancing markers indicating appropriate spacing throughout indoor and outdoor waiting areas
  • Pharmacy consultation rooms designed to accommodate 6ft distancing
  •  Pre-order options
  • Designated parking area to accommodate curbside transactions if needed
  • Patient limits within indoor waiting and point of sale areas
  • PPE requirements for all patients and staff (facemasks and gloves), which will be provided for those without

The cannabis industry is accustomed to making adjustments as rules and regulations are frequently changed. However, in this case, most dispensaries took it upon themselves to adapt to a new normal. In KCR’s case, during the height of the pandemic, it moved all patient transactions out of the dispensary buildings and into the parking lots to maximize social distancing. It moved staff around to fill areas of need.  Some employees were tasked with being “runners” between the patient/caregiver in their parked car and counter staff.

Glass shields were installed to separate patients and staff at both the reception desk and the point of sale counters. Social distancing efforts inside the dispensary include signs and physical distancing markers which serve as reminders, and limited patient counts in our waiting area and our sales area.

In Closing

These measures may have been enacted as a response to a deadly virus, but it really does make sense to protect medical marijuana patients as much as possible. It is likely that such efforts will remain in place long after the COVID-19 threat passes. If this virus could be so deadly, there is no doubt more viruses will be in our future.

 

 

 


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