Dr. Smita Pakhale

Published on April 29, 2021

Does cannabis make people more prone to mental illness or are people who live with mental illnesses more likely to use cannabis to manage their symptoms? Those are some of the questions driving research by Dr. Smita Pakhale and her team. Their newest project explores why some marginalized populations use or avoid cannabis. It involves the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, The Bridge Engagement Centre, the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, the Oasis Program, Ottawa Community Housing, the Ottawa Community Foundation, and the AIDS Committee of Ottawa.