Welcome to CMCR

Welcome to the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research

Welcome to the University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR). The purpose of the Center is to coordinate rigorous scientific studies to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis compounds for treating medical conditions. The funding of the CMCR is the result of SB 847 (Vasconcellos), passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Gray Davis. The legislation calls for a three year program overseeing objective, high quality medical research that will "enhance understanding of the efficacy and adverse effects of marijuana as a pharmacological agent," stressing that the project "should not be construed as encouraging or sanctioning the social or recreational use of marijuana" (SB 847).




Medicinal Cannabis and Painful Sensory Neuropathy

Virtual Mentor, American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, May 2013

Dr. Grant recently summarized the evidence and ethical considerations around using cannabis to alleviate painful sensory neuropathy for the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, Virtual Mentor.

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International College of Neuropsychopharmacology Presentation

Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Medicine in Psychiatry, International College of Neuropsychopharmacology Thematic Meeting, April 21-23, 2013

Dr. Grant recently presented a talk entitled Medicinal Cannabis summarizing the state of research with cannabis and cannabinoids at a plenary session of the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP) 2013 Thematic Meeting on Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Medicine in Psychiatry.

His abstract is available here.

The full meeting program is available here, and the list of plenary and focus speakers is available here.


Research backs up claims of medical marijuana's benefits

The Sacramento Bee, July 12, 2012

University of California medical researchers slipped an ingredient in chili peppers beneath the skin of marijuana smokers to see if pot could relieve acute pain. It could - at certain doses.

They monitored patients with AIDS and HIV as they toked on joints or placebos to determine whether marijuana could quell agonizing pain from nerve damage. It provided relief.

They tested a "Volcano Vaporizer" to see whether inhaling smokeless pot delivered healthier, low-tar cannabis. It did.

Over a dozen years, California's historic experiment in medical marijuana research brought new science to the debate on marijuana's place in medicine. State-funded studies - costing $8.7 million - found pot may offer broad benefits for pain from nerve damage from injuries, HIV, strokes and other conditions.

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Report to the California Legislature

In February 2010, the CMCR presented a report to the California legislature summarizing the findings of 10 years of research on cannabis and cannabinoids.

Click here to download the report.


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