U.S. Government Offers $3M to Fill Gaps in Medical Marijuana Research

Sep 22, 2019 | Cannabis, Marijuana, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

The U.S. Government (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) will spend $3 million to uncover if marijuana can relieve pain however none of the substances involving THC. Nine research grants announced involve research involving CBD—the substance in cosmetics and foods and many chemicals. Highlights include a University of Utah clinical trial investigating how CBD extract can help alleviate lower back pain.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

The funding source is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NCCIH is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. NCCIH was formerly known as the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. They fund $146.4 million in 2019 and include 68 employees.

Sample Studies

University of Utah: Researchers Deborah Yurgelun-Todd will scan the brains of human volunteers with lower back pain to see how CBD extract—mixed with chocolate pudding—affects pain-signaling pathways.

University of California San Francisco: Dr. Judith Hellman will study the body’s ability to produce signaling molecules similar to marijuana ingredients. She and Dr. Mark Schumacher’s work involves human immune cells in the lab, then tests on mice.

More Federal Growing

The National Institute on Drug Abuse said it would grow 4,409 pounds of marijuana this year at the University of Mississippi. Which holds the sole federal contract for producing research cannabis reports The Item. These new plants are not involved in the new projects, which rather will use laboratory-made versions of the chemicals.

Lead Research/Investigator

Deborah Yurgelun-Todd

Dr. Judith Hellman