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Colorado: $7.5 Million In Grants For Clinical Cannabis Trials

google grant michigan compassion medical marijuanaBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

State Public Health Department officials have recommended over $7 million dollars in grant funding to pay for a series of state-sponsored clinical trials to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabinoids.

The proposed studies include a pair of clinical trials to evaluate the use of cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychotropic plant cannabinoid, for patients with pediatric epilepsy. Two additional trials will assess the use of cannabis for patients suffering from post-traumatic stress. Other studies will assess the efficacy of either cannabis or CBD in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors, ulcerative colitis, and pain management. (More specific summaries of all eight proposed studies are available online here.)

Grant funding for the proposed studies requires final approval by the state Board of Health in December.

Following funding approval, researchers will still be required to gain additional federal approval in order to obtain access to research-grade cannabis or CBD.

The state of California previously sponsored a similar series of clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of marijuana. Those studies evaluated the use of whole-plant cannabis in patients with neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, and autoimmune deficiencies. A summary of those trials, published in 2012, concluded, “Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking.”

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  • Shaun

    How come the epilepsy trials are only getting half the funding what the others are getting?

    • Sarijuana

      They probably didn’t ask for as much. In the grant process, for most grants, the amount needed is specified in the application. Then, the granting entity doles the money out based on the number of applicants, need – as seen by the grant entity, how well the grant was written and lots of other factors.

  • Sarijuana

    I’m unhappy that the government pot, an old strain, is what is still being used for the studies. If my memory serves me at all, I’m sure I read that the government pot doesn’t contain any CBD.

  • monaliesalot

    I wanna be in the trials, I’ll move there!! I have brain tumor, fibro arthritis spot on liver um spot in lung an I hope this starts soon, cuz I dont think brain cancer has alot of time

    • Captain Obvious

      Hope you get there! Consider keeping a video journal/notebook to document everything as evidence if you can. Patients like you can make the true discoveries to correct this disgrace to humanity!

  • bobby

    I would be happy to be a part of your program. It seems that medical thc helps my seizures, and my bi-polar.