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Statement from NIDA Director Nora Volkow on NIDA’s commitment to marijuana research


August 12, 2013

As part of its mandate to study drug abuse and addiction, and other health effects of both legal and illegal drugs, NIDA funds a wide range of research on and related to marijuana (cannabis); its main psychoactive ingredient, THC; and chemicals related to THC (cannabinoids). This includes understanding patterns of use, its effects on the brain and behavior, and developing prevention and treatment interventions. Our scientists are also actively engaged in better understanding the cannabinoid system, where THC and other cannabinoids act in the brain and other parts of the body. We are looking at a variety of mechanisms, including their role in addiction, pain, inflammation, and HIV.  Research is also being funded towards the development of medications targeting the cannabinoid system that avoid the adverse effects of smoked marijuana while maximizing its potential therapeutic benefits.

For more information regarding marijuana research at NIDA, go to:  www.drugabuse.gov/marijuana-research-nida.

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About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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    NIDA. (2013, August 12). Statement from NIDA Director Nora Volkow on NIDA’s commitment to marijuana research. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2013/08/statement-nida-director-nora-volkow-nidas-commitment-to-marijuana-research

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