United States will award $3 million to support medical cannabis research
The United States government will fund $3 million to researches to discover if cannabis can soothe, relieve, or curb pain.
Of the dozens of applicants, less than 10 research grants were awarded Thursday to research CBD, the fast-trending compound, along with several hundred other chemicals and compounds. THC was not included in this fund.
Federally, cannabis is still illegal, however over 30 states allow state citizens to register for its use medicinally.
The science and understanding of the cannabis plant lagging behind the registered public use of the compound, and the general interest in the benefits of the plant are only growing among state citizens. Federal agencies are doing their best to catch to public interest and state demand.
Investigations into the potential addiction and abuse of cannabis has yet to be run through extensive research and development, currently resting only on claims and biases. This grant seeks to find answers once and for all.
The science supports its use for chronic pain, however very little is understood regarding which compounds of plant are helpful and if the intoxication effect of THC can be otherwise avoided.
While certain federal agencies support the research of medical cannabis, most of the attention has focused on its potential harms. These grants aim to course correct the lack of medical cannabis research as it pertains to public health.
The University of Mississippi currently holds the only federal contract for cultivating cannabis for research purposes. They plan to grow 4,409 pounds of the plant of for the program.
Grant winners in Illinois plan to create a full library of compounds currently found in the cannabis plant.
Currently cannabis plants are cultivated from scratch and each strain is then tested, one by one. The cannabis plant contains many trace elements of interesting compounds that would be too costly and too time consuming to research individually.
With the increasingly beneficial effects that medical cannabis patients report, the need to understand the science behind it has become more pressing than ever.
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