The Knowmad Institut has selected three multidisciplinary studies for curation from the Knowmad Research Gateway that address topics of interest and relevance in the field of science and human rights. The first study explores the factors influencing consumers’ choice of cannabis products, highlighting the role of price and product quality. The second study focuses on the need for more scientific evidence on using cannabis for medicinal purposes and the genetic factors associated with treatment. The third study examines how incorporating 3D data from urban settlements can improve Europe’s population data quality and accuracy.
1- A systematic study on factors influencing cannabis product purchases identified price as the most common aspect affecting consumer choice. Though the price is important, studies suggest that demand is relatively inelastic, meaning consumers may seek cheaper unregulated cannabis to avoid reducing consumption. Other factors such as product quality, administration method, and presentation were identified but not explored in depth, and a clear definition of cannabis quality was lacking. The study also found a heterogeneity of consumer preferences based on experience, usage, and gender, with important implications for policymakers seeking to understand why consumers continue to buy from the illicit market. [URL: https://bit.ly/3SFJBAU]
2- Another study discusses the need for additional scientific evidence on the use of cannabis for medical purposes and the genetic factors associated with medicinal cannabis treatment. Around 50-70% of the variation in cannabis use and disorders is due to heritable factors, and several candidate genes have been identified that may determine the effect of cannabis treatment. The complexity of the cannabinoid pathway and individual genetic predispositions can lead to diverse bodily responses to cannabinoid treatment. More extensive sample studies are needed to identify small effect sizes associated with cannabis involvement variants reliably. [URL: https://bit.ly/3mfo9pW]
3- Lastly, a study focused on Europe examined how incorporating 3D data from urban settlements can improve large-scale population data. Gridded population data available at a global or continental scale has become an essential source of information for sustainable development applications. However, due to the constant lack of vertical and functional information in the built environment, underestimation and overestimation errors in population data still need to be solved. This study suggests that the inclusion of more detailed and accurate settlement data can significantly improve the quality and accuracy of population data. [URL: https://bit.ly/3Y9w2KS]
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