Federal Agency Highlights Marijuana Research Funding Opportunities With New Online Resource

Federal Agency Highlights Marijuana Research Funding Opportunities With New Online Resource
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A federal health agency is highlighting a variety of marijuana-related research topics that are being funded, promoting a new online resource that compiles active cannabis study grant opportunities as well as an overview of projects that have already received government support. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) recently launched a landing page that directs people to a database detailing research projects that are being federally supported, broken down into three main categories: cannabinoid research, cannabidiol research and therapeutic cannabinoid research. The National Institutes on Health, which NCCIH falls under, “supports a broad portfolio of research on cannabis and cannabis constituents and related compounds, as well as the endocannabinoid system,” the agency said. “Specific topics of interest vary among Institutes, Centers, and Offices, but overall the research portfolio includes studies investigating the whole or parts of the Cannabis sativa plant, cannabis extracts or enriched extracts, cannabinoid compounds extracted and derived from cannabis extracts, non-cannabinoid constituents of cannabis, synthetic cannabinoids, and the components of the endocannabinoid system (the signaling pathways in the body activated by cannabinoids).” “There is considerable interest in the possible therapeutic uses of cannabis and its constituent compounds,” it added. A scan of the cannabis landing pages—which detail specific studies that have already been funded as well as ongoing opportunities for researchers in search of grant support—shows a wide range of research topics that NIH has worked to back, with descriptions of the subject matter, principal investigators, universities that are involved and more. For example, federal dollars have gone toward studies on the risks and benefits of cannabis for brain development, mental health disorders like depression, HIV-related neuropathic pain and osteoarthritis. This is just a sampling of the volume of marijuana research that’s been done, and the new resource only looks at those that have received…

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