According to a report from the Associated Press, the U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain.
Nine research grants were announced on Thursday and are for work on CBD, the component of marijuana that does not cause a high effect. THC research has been excluded.
“The science is lagging behind the public use and interest. We’re doing our best to catch up here,” said Dr. David Shurtleff, deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. The organization is funding the projects.
THC has been investigated extensively, Shurtleff explained and its potential for addiction and abuse make it unsuitable for treating pain.
Dr. Judith Hellman was one grant recipient from the University of California San Francisco and has said that scientists need to better understand pain and to find more ways to treat it. “It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to do that,” she explained.