The purpose of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research is to coordinate rigorous scientific studies to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis compounds for treating medical conditions.


How can you tell if a driver is stoned?

Stephanie O'Neill, KPCC, July 13, 2016

In a famous scene from the Coen Brother's cult classic "The Big Lebowski," Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski is cruising behind the wheel of his car, tunes blasting as he sips beer and smokes pot. In a classic stoner move, he tries to flick his lighted roach out the window - except that it's closed. The burning roach ricochets onto his lap, causing him to wildly swerve and then crash into a garbage can.

Lebowski doesn’t get hurt, but there are those, such as State Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), who fear an increase in real-life risky driving if on Nov. 8 Californians pass Prop. 64, the initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana.

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This story was also featured during KPCC's AirTalk program on July 14, 2016. You can listen to audio of the program HERE.

Vaporized Cannabis Eases Neuropathic Pain in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

By Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC,, July 12, 2016

In a randomized, placebo-controlled human trial published in the Journal of Pain, researchers investigated the use of vaporized cannabis for neuropathic pain (NeP) in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) or disease.

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UCSD to Study Effects of Marijuana on Driving

By Megan Tevrizian and Laura McVicker, NBC San Diego, May 13, 2016

Researchers at UC San Diego are launching a three-year study on the impact of marijuana on driving ability.

With the potential for California to legalize marijuana in November, local researchers are aiming to study how pot impacts a driver, how quickly that impairment wears off and how to measure it.

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Barth Wilsey, MD

Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit;
Bethesda, MD (March 2016)


Igor Grant, MD, FRCP(C) American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting

McGill University Health Centre - Research Institute
(February 2015)

Igor Grant, MD

41st Annual Summer Clinical Institute in Addiction Studies;
La Jolla, CA (June 2012)

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