CMCR Medicinal Cannabis & Cannabinoid Science Symposium

Focusing on Progress, Policy and Partnership as it relates to medicinal cannabis

The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) hosted a virtual two-day symposium on April 21-22, 2022 celebrating progress, policy and partnership of medicinal cannabis research. The symposium kicked off with keynote addresses from the 2022 CMCR award recipients followed by a series of scientific talks covering clinical and translational aspects of medicinal cannabis research alongside panel discussions of public policy, university-industry partnership, and diversifying the cannabis and cannabinoid-based medication. Each scientific session and panel discussion was moderated by faculty to facilitate discussion and audience participation.

Virtual Event
April 21-22, 2022
8:00AM-12:00PM PDT



Registration is closed.


Agenda at a Glance

Day 1: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Welcome from the CMCR Director, Igor Grant, MD
2022 CMCR Symposium Awards (8:00-10:00AM)
CMCR Special Lecture (10:00-10:30AM)
Panel 1: Update on Federal activities affecting cannabis research (10:30-12:00PM)
Poster Session (12:00-1:00PM)

Day 2: Friday, April 22, 2022

State of the Science Lecture Series:

  • Neuroprotective Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Evidence from PTSD (8:00-9:00AM)
  • Cannabinoids and COVID-19  (9:00-9:40AM)
  • FAAH inhibitor in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (9:40-10:05AM)

Panel 2: Promoting industry and university partnership to enhance cannabis research (10:05-10:55AM)
Panel 3: Early experience of federally-licensed cannabis growers (11:00-11:45AM)
Closing Remarks from the CMCR Director, Igor Grant, MD (11:45-12:00PM)

See the detailed agenda and links to videos here

PDF of the 2022 CMCR Symposium Program



Igor Grant, MD, FRCP(C) Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego
Daniele Piomelli, PhD, MD (hon) Distinguished Professor, UC Irvine
Donald I. Abrams, MD Professor Emeritus of Medicine, UC San Francisco
Raphael Mechoulam (RM), PhD Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Hebrew University, Medical Faculty, Institute for Drug Research, Ein Kerem campus, Jerusalem
Geoffrey Guy, MBBS LRCP MRCS LMSSA Dip Pharm Med BSc DSc Founder and Chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals
Steve Gust, PhD, Advisor to the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
Leah Mayo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience, Linköping University
Christine A. Rabinak, PhD Associate Professor, Wayne State University
Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD VP, Human and Animal Research Canopy Growth Corporation
Michelle Sexton, ND Medical Staff Professional, Center for Integrative Medicine, UC San Diego
José Alexandre S. Crippa, MD, PhD Professor, University of São Paulo (USP), Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
Deepak D’Souza, MD Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
Tom Marcotte, PhD Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego
David J. Grelotti, MD Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Director, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego

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Deadline for Abstract/Poster Submission has passed. 

The poster session took place on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 12:00PM-1:00PM Pacific Time (3:00PM – 4:00PM Eastern Time) and attendees had the opportunity to meet with the poster presenters in Zoom breakout rooms. 

See Posters here



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