Research has been being performed surrounding cannabis for centuries. In the 1840s, Dr. William O’Shaughnessy wrote in a publication about his experience and research using cannabis oil to treat infantile seizures. When the prohibition of cannabis started in the early 1900’s the amount of cannabis research being performed at this point became almost nonexistent. In the past few decades, however, countries such as Israel have been making unparalleled advances when it comes to cannabinoid-based therapies.
The Fall and Rise of Cannabis Research
Unfortunately, in the United States and many other places around the world, the amount of research performed on cannabis is very minor. What is performed is typically very biased and only performed on lab rats. In recent years thanks to the progression of legalization in countries around the world research surrounding this plant has started to grow once again.
Even more recently organizations such as the DEA have begun to call for more research surrounding this plant for a multitude of different ailments and conditions. Just recently a list of four research grant opportunities was shared by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Grants specifically for research and studies surrounding natural products.
Products such as cannabis.
Three of the studies call for clinical trials involving human participants utilizing natural products. The other is specific to researching how cannabinoids other than THC may or may not be efficient at helping to relieve pain. Research into natural substances such as cannabis is more critical now than ever before. This is especially true seeing how our world is facing a deadly opioid epidemic. One that is killing hundreds of thousands of people every year.
To learn more about this development and the available grants check out the article here by Marijuana Moment.