State Funded Cannabis Research Center Established At UC-San Diego

A center aimed at researching the medical efficacy of marijuana has been established at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).
The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) is a joint venture between UCSD and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and received $3 million in funding by the California state legislature.
“The politics of medicinal marijuana are behind us as we begin the important work of researching the safety and efficacy of medicinal marijuana,” said Sen. John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara), who sponsored the marijuana research bill that provided funds for the CMCR. “The National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences have independently called for further studies. Now, because of the vision of the California legislature, the governor and the University of California, the issue of medical marijuana is properly in the hands of physicians and researchers.”
Serving as co-director of the CMCR is Donald Abrams, M.D., a professor of medicine at UCSF, who in July completed the nation’s first clinical trial using inhaled marijuana. His study showed HIV patients who smoke marijuana do not disrupt the effect of anti-retroviral drugs.
“The findings from our initial safety trial suggest that studies of the possible effectiveness of marijuana should be launched now,” Abrams said. “This state funding will allow that to happen quickly so that we may finally get some needed answers.”
The center’s first studies are anticipated to begin in the new year.
For more information, please contact Leslie Franz at UCSD at (619) 543-6163 or Jeff Sheehy at UCSF at (415) 597-8165.