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The recently developed Cannabis Research Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is determined to test marijuana’s effectiveness to treating pain. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Chen, they intend to gather in-depth research on cannabis, its effects on pain, and its potential as an alternative to opioids. 

There is a significant amount of anecdotal evidence in the industry that cannabis treats pain, but scientists are still in the dark about how and why it provides those benefits. Because of Cannabis’ schedule 1 drug status, research has fallen well behind its use as a massive number of patients across North America flock to the alternative. 

This sentiment was stated by Chen in an interview with NBC News, “The public consumption of cannabis has already far outpaced our scientific understanding. We desperately need to catch up.”
UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative is one of the first academic programs dedicated to researching cannabis as a medicine. The team is currently awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 

The team received funding from the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and is actively pursuing funding through private donors, but will not accept funding from those who stand to make a profit from cannabis, to maintain unbiased research.

Source: https://news.medicalmarijuanainc.com/cannabis-instead-of-opioids-for-pain-ucla-researchers-to-test-painkiller-properties-of-marijuana/

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