Some people still believe that cannabis is a terrible drug that destroys anyone who consumes it. However, many universities are focusing their research power in order to look into the possible benefits that this plant could have as a complementary treatment for some diseases. Thanks to this, it is expected that in the coming years, new beneficial characteristics will be discovered.
Several universities in America have a common mission: to study and research the properties of cannabis through the creation of varied projects. The intention is to promote natural medicine as an alternative to treat different physical and mental diseases, such as chronic pain and obsessive disorders, among others.
Below, there is a list of a number of universities all around the American continent and the respective cannabis projects that are making a name for themselves in the international scientific community. Their studies are pushing forward cannabis and looking into new breakthroughs that will help clinical patients around the world.
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Universities in Latin America are breaking paradigms and looking into new ways to treat epilepsy
The University of Buenos Aires (UBA) will start growing cannabis through its Cannabis Sativa project. The program’s director, Catalina van Baren, said it will be a small, scientific and experimental crop, according to the THC Cultura Cannábica website.
The philosophy of the UBA regarding this project is based on the fact that in order to study cannabis it is necessary to have the raw material, so its own cultivation is indispensable.
What does the project consist of? Through strains high in CBD, an experimental alternative to be used in the treatment of refractory epilepsy will be investigated, with the help of the Institute of Chemistry and Drug Metabolism (Iquimefa), an institution created by the University of Buenos Aires and Conicet. Cannabis Sativa began more than a year ago, although it was recently approved by the Ministry of Health.
On the other hand, members of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinevstav) of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) of Mexico are working on a project that will also investigate the therapeutic use of cannabinoids for the treatment of epilepsy, a neurological disease that affects more than two million Mexicans.
Cinevstav’s main concern is that people suffering from epilepsy tend to be stigmatized and segregated both socially and occupationally. They are currently analyzing the use of cannabidiol, one of the 600 components found in cannabis, for possible use in certain cases of epilepsy.
In North America, universities also take a step forward into cannabis-focused researches
The University of Mississippi (UM) diverse research includes studies of the botanical, pharmacological and chemical properties of cannabis. The university is known, among other things, for supporting the research community through its participation in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Drug Delivery Program.
One of its main projects focuses on CBD treatments to combat pediatric epilepsy. Researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) will conduct a pilot clinical trial to test the effects of a standardized CBD extract in treating seizures in children.
Finally, the University of New Mexico, a public research university located in Albuquerque and internationally recognized for its studies, created a project to study the impact of medical cannabis on people with chronic, debilitating health conditions.
The study focuses on people with PTSD, cancer, chronic pain, to name a few, and compares the outcomes of patients who use cannabis to those who use drugs, including narcotics. The project also examines how cannabis use affects central aspects of mental, physical, and social well-being, such as experiences of pain, sleep quality and eating behaviors.
The university also has a fund called the Medical Cannabis Research Fund (MCRF), which supports scientific research on medical cannabis in all areas of the social and biomedical sciences.
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