National Institute on Drug Abuse seeks input on medical marijuana research

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NIDA wants scientists to weigh in on marijuana research.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is requesting information from scientists interested in researching marijuana and cannabinoids found in the plant, according to a recent government notice.

NIDA is seeking information from scientists on which specific marijuana varieties or marijuana-derived products they’re interested in studying.

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes that marijuana and/or its constituent compounds hold both risk and potential benefits to health. To date, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one cannabinoid and one cannabinoid-like substance for medical use – synthetically-derived dronabinol, which is the pure isomer (-)-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, a constituent of marijuana), and nabilone, which is a synthetic substance similar to THC.

While “a number of

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