Category: cannabis research

Federal Government Grants $3.2 Million to Medical Cannabis Research for HIV Patients

Getty Despite the fact that the U.S. federal government has steadfastly refused to change the Schedule I classification of the cannabis plant, they are reportedly handing out millions to researchers in order to explore its effectiveness in treating symptoms experienced by HIV patients. Will this ridiculously overt display of federal government hypocrisy regarding cannabis medicine end up being a net positive? The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently awarded a team of scientific researchers at the University of Florida a $3.2 million grant in order to determine what just about every medical cannabis supporter already pretty much knows...

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University of Colorado Boulder to Study Behavioral Changes Since Legalization

Getty The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded two professors from the University of Colorado Boulder $5.5 million to study possible behavioral changes since recreational legalization. Professor John Hewitt, a behavioral geneticist, and psychiatry professor Christian Hopfer MD will be leading the study, which the university says will be the first of this sort in the nation. The study will look at more than 1,000 sets of twins ages 23-29, from both Colorado and neighboring Minnesota. Those from Minnesota will act as the control group, compared to those from Colorado, where cannabis has been legal for recreational...

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U.S. Senate Wants More Reliable Information on Cannabis

Getty The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee is calling for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to create a “National Testing Program for Schedule I Marijuana-Derived Products.” Essentially, they are asking for these federal agencies to study cannabis samples in an effort to “provide robust reliable data that can inform policy.” Up until 2014, NIDA funded a program for testing cannabis samples seized by law enforcement – but there has never been testing at the federal level on samples sold from commercial (recreational) cannabis dispensaries. The program the Senate is suggesting would do...

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