Cannabis: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Today I attended a talk with the same title, by Dr. Jeff Chen, MD/MBA. Jeff is the Founder and Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative. This is one of the first university programs in the world that is dedicated to the study of cannabis. Did you know that endocannabinoids occur naturally in the body and that cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years? The first documented use was for pain relief and inflammation by an emperor in China over 2000 years ago. I also learned that prior to prohibition, cannabis was widely prescribed by physicians in America! There are many documented benefits of THC and CBD but most of the studies thus far have been on animals. Research is hopeful, and UCLA is one institution hoping to get human clinical trials going in the areas of cancer research, Alzheimer’s Disease and opiod addiction. More funding is needed to get these studies underway. The universities aren’t eligible for federal funding, and are in a race to get research out into the public domain, before Big Pharma gets the patents. See links to learn more.

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