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.



Driving Stoned: San Diego Scientists Try To Find DUI Limit For Marijuana

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS, June 7, 2017

On Friday and Saturday nights, according to roadside surveys conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one out of five drivers has a drug other than alcohol in their system.

The agency says the drug that showed the greatest increase between 2007 and 2014 was marijuana.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says after alcohol, marijuana is the drug most commonly involved in crashes.

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Driving Stoned: How Much Is Too Much?

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS, June 5, 2017

Every day when this San Diego woman gets home from work, she likes to sit on her couch, and light up a joint.

“It’s almost become a habit. Like, I don’t even really think about it," she said. "It’s just something that’s part of my daily routine. I mean, I still feel it. It definitely makes me feel more relaxed.”

She gets stoned at work, too. She asked us not to use her name because she does not want her boss to know about her marijuana use.

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UCSD Researchers Test Effects of Marijuana on Driving, Pain with Prop 64 Funding

Promita Nandy, UCSD Guardian, May 29, 2017

Following the passage of Proposition 64 in California, the Center for Medical Cannabis Research at UC San Diego will receive two million dollars in funding per year for the study of medical marijuana. The money comes from two new taxes levied on the cultivation and sale of cannabis. The proposition, which legalized marijuana, also authorized local governments to place additional taxes on marijuana.

The Center for Medical Cannabis Research at UCSD studies the effects of marijuana on alleviating neuropathic pain stemming from a variety of causes such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and chronic back pain. Neuropathic pain is caused when nerves are damaged or dysfunctional. The CMCR is currently conducting research on the effects of cannabis on driving ability as well.

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Igor Grant, MD

American Psychological Association Plenary Address: Marijuana as Medicine: Can we see past the smoke?
Denver, CO (August 2016)

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)

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