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Harvard Marijuana Investigations For Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) Program Gets Large Donation

donate relocation fund medical marijuana patientsMarijuana is medicine. That’s something I have typed many, many times while running this blog. It’s a fact that the federal government denies, despite the fact that the federal government owns patents related to marijuana’s medicinal value. The federal government has also been supplying federal medical marijuana to patients for decades. There needs to be more marijuana research conducted, but research is limited due to federal prohibition of marijuana. One area where research is moving forward is at Harvard. The program at Harvard just received a large donation. Per Harvard Magazine:

MCLEAN HOSPITAL, THE LARGEST psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has received a $500,000 gift that funds their new Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) Program. The donation, announced on October 6, comes from best-selling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell.

Most studies on medical marijuana to date have focused on its efficacy, or on patients’ symptoms. MIND head researcher Staci A. Gruber, director of the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core at McLean and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, hopes that the new initiative, the first of its kind, will begin to answer questions about whether medical marijuana affects cognitive function, positively or negatively—and why—by gathering empirical data about change over time within patients.

I encourage more marijuana research, because I’m confident that the truth will be on the side of marijuana supporters. The same cannot be said about marijuana opponents, who claim they want more marijuana research to be conducted, but it’s a delay tactic, proven by the fact that they try to thwart marijuana research any chance they get. Hopefully this Harvard study comes back favorable, and marijuana opponents will be forced to try to explain why their opinion is better than the facts presented by researchers at one of the most prestigious universities on the planet.

  • reefer

    One of the most important traits possessed by cannabis is neuroprotection/neurogenesis. Out of the thousands of strains out there, there’s a very select few, the “headiest of the heady” that seem to help the brain work better. Increased focus, longer attention span, retrieval of memories thought to be lost; these strains don’t seem to have that temporary affect on short-term memory. I’m sure that there’s neurological benefit with these other strains, too, just not as pronounced. I’m hoping that the strains likely to produce plants with these attributes are identified, or better yet, the specific cannabinoid or THC/cannabinoid interaction. Im pretty sure its not CBD.

    • Sarijuana

      And here’s the rub…most clinical studies, nearly all, are done with one strain only. I hope and pray they pick a good one.

  • Ron

    The argument runs that marijuana cannot be reformed because there hasn’t been enough research. But when someone calls for research they are told that it can’t be done because it’s illegal. And the wheel continues to spin. Hopefully, as this article suggests, that madness is changing.

  • Wow, that is wonderful news. Over time, the science will push out the schlock.

    Speaking of mind, here’s an oldie but a goodie: People have to go out of their mind before they can come to their senses.(Timothy Leary)

  • Cyndysub

    Our government have secretly done exhaustive studies on Marijuana and never published the findings because everything was positive and there were no negative effects ever found. They were hoping that they would find some ammunition to shoot back at Marijuana but they never could and they thought it would be better to just stay mum on the testing while claiming that there was no studies done on Marijuana and for us to fear the unknown.

  • mike1188

    See even one of the worlds top universities believes that there is medical value in marijuana. Yes marijuana should be studied I agrea. But for people to believe that marijuana has not been studied is blind to the facts. Because people have been using marijuana since it was discovered.thats millions of people testing it for thousands of years. No other pharmacy drug has been tested or used for human trials than marijuana.. Those new medications that have side affects like internal bleeding if bruised, messed up organs, blood clots.the list is massive. Theses medications only get tested a few years on a small group of people, but since our pharmacys say it’s medication our government says ok it’s medication. Who cares if some of the side affects are sometimes worse than what the medication is trying to cure.

  • kycountry

    Kudos to Ms. Cornwell…………thanx for the donation.