A Brief Introduction

The Journal of Cannabinoid Medicine provides a platform for researchers to disseminate empirical research findings, with the aim that people everywhere have access to the medicines they need and use them rationally.

The Journal encompasses all aspects of pharmacy including clinical, social, administrative or economic, and provides a platform to researchers, academics, and practitioners from around the world to share new evidence, concerns and perspectives.

The well-known functions of the media, print or electronic are to inform, educate and guide. Hence the contents of a scientific medical journal can reflect most of the above functions.

One can include stories and manuscripts which have useful information for the readers of the journal. Secondly, the journal can serve as a useful medium to educate the general public or its intended readership on various issues of national importance keeping in view the local socio-economic development, environment, and cultural values. To do this it is important that the writer is intelligent and competent enough to educate the readership after having compiled all the essential information. In this, the writer/contributor is required to interpret the events, happenings and highlight their likely effects or repercussions. The third and the most important function is guide which cannot be accomplished unless the writer has kept himself/herself informed, fully abreast of the latest developments on the subject he or she is writing. An ignorant author is no less than a weapon of mass destruction because instead of guiding the readers, he or she can misguide the public and the readers at large. In order to ensure that no wrong messages are communicated, the concept of peer review was coined many years ago whereby the write-ups before publication are looked into by experienced, competent individuals in the respective field apart from the Editor. It is the job of the Editor to arrange and organize an effective peer review system for the journal. While peer review has its own advantages it also has some disadvantages as it can slow down the pace of work, can result in delay in publications and at times even may not be able to detect any wrong information or scientific, academic misconduct.

The journal must have a wide variety of contents to satisfy the needs of every class and group of readers. Starting from original research, the contents can include Reviews, Clinical Case Series, Short/Brief Communications, short stories, important news, Book Reviews, Obituary Notes, Quiz, etc., while comments from the readers should be encouraged and welcomed. Conference Reports could be quite useful and informative for many who for some reasons cannot attend these meetings. Information about the forthcoming important events, conferences, seminars, symposia could also be very useful addition and informative for the readers.

All articles published by Journal of Cannabinoid Medicine are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

As the leading cannabinoid medicine journal worldwide, JCM is directed to physicians concerned with the endocannabinoid system. The journal’s purpose is to advance the field by presenting new basic and clinical research with emphasis on knowledge that will influence the way cannabinoid medicine is practiced. The journal is at the forefront in disseminating cutting-edge, peer-reviewed information to the cannabinoid community worldwide. Editorial content includes Research, Clinical/Scientific Notes, Views & Reviews, Issues of Endocannabinoid Practice, Humanities, Disputes & Debates: Editors’ Choice, and position papers from the emerging American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine. The online version is considered the canonical version of the journal because it includes all content available to the reader.

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