12/19/2018 | Cannabis Studies

Cannabis Research in 2019

Due to current government regulations, there has always been a severe lack of federally-funded medical cannabis research. However, an intent to fund notice was recently issued by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). The goal is to study the effects of “lesser-known minor cannabinoids and terpenes,” and how they can potentially treat pain. This notice is a precursor to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement, which is expected to be released as early as January 2019. Those that are invited to apply include state agencies, nonprofits, for-profit organizations, small businesses, and more.

Assisting in Pain Relief

In the State of Illinois, patients with approved conditions often experience chronic pain, including those with Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, and more. In the United States, chronic pain treatment costs nearly $635 billion per year, and productivity loss due to chronic pain is estimated at $300 billion.

Previous research shows the possibility that terpenes are able to influence signaling and the activity of cannabis receptors, encouraging the NCCIH to seek more conclusive evidence regarding chronic pain relief and cannabinoids. The NCCIH also wants to see additional research into minor cannabinoids and terpenes and how they could potentially control biological and neurological systems that are connected to pain perception.

Turning to Medical Cannabis

Aside from the costs of chronic pain mentioned previously, an added benefit includes a potential solution for the nation’s opioid epidemic. Millions of Americans rely on a variety of opioids to assist with their pain management, and medical cannabis could be a solution. Early studies have shown cannabinoids and their ability to enhance the effects of opioid drugs, allowing patients to decrease their dosage. Additionally, some patients in studies have weaned themselves completely off of opioids in favor of medical cannabis.

You can learn more about the government’s intent to fund and the studies they are looking at here. For information regarding medical cannabis in the State of Illinois, please contact Greenhouse today!

Courtesy of: Leafly