Colorado Funds Multiple Studies On Marijuana’s Medical Possibilities

The Colorado state Board of Health approved nearly $8 million in grant funding Wednesday for eight separate studies investigating the potential medical benefits of marijuana.

All eight medical marijuana research projects that were recommended to the board received approval, Mark Salley, communications director for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, told The Huffington Post. The studies, most of which will be overseen by researchers from various universities, will explore marijuana’s efficacy when used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s disease, pediatric epilepsy and brain tumors, and will compare the plant’s painkilling qualities with those of prescription opioids.

The aim of the research is to help physicians better understand the biochemical effects of prescribed marijuana, and to build on existing data about proper dosing from previous state-funded medical cannabis research programs. The research is also meant to help Colorado determine which medical conditions should be added to the state’s list of ailments that make patients eligible for medical marijuana.

According to the Associated Press, three of the eight studies approved Wednesday still require federal approval and access to the federal government’s legal marijuana supply, which is found at the University of Mississippi.

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