Global Trends in Cannabis and Cannabidiol Research from the Year 1940 to 2019

Author(s): Jingting Liu, Haimei Chen, Steven Newmaster, Shubin Wang, Chang Liu*

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Volume 22 , Issue 5 , 2021


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Legalization of Cannabis in countries, like Canada, and global demand for non-hallucinating chemical components, such as Cannabidiols (CBD), have stimulated the increased interest from academics, industry, and regulatory agencies. Subsequent research publications in scientific journals in this field are expected to grow rapidly. However, there have been few research reviews that have quantified patterns in research publications concerning cannabis, nor a literature-based perspective on the historical development, current status, and future direction of cannabis research. Here, a bibliometric analysis is performed to address this gap in the scientific literature. A total of 1167 relevant articles (Supplementary file 1) were screened and analyzed using three software tools: HistCite, CiteSpace, and Bibliometric Online Analysis Platform. The performances of relevant countries, institutions, authors, and journals were presented, and the evolutionary trends of different categories were revealed. The historical development of cannabis and CBD research can be clearly divided into three stages, which focus on the chemistry, pharmacology, and molecular biology aspects of Cannabis sativa in general and then a focus on CBD related publications. A timeline was drawn to highlight the major trends in the literature, including scientific discoveries. In the end, several suggestions for future research directions in this field are provided.

Keywords: Cannabis, marijuana, CBD, bibliometric analysis, future trend, timeline.

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VOLUME: 22
ISSUE: 5
Year: 2021
Published on: 25 May, 2021
Page: [579 - 591]
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.2174/1389201021666200601152118
Price: $65

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