As it is still unknown whether marijuana cures cancer or other complex disorders, Colorado Health Department is going to invest $2.4 million in studies connected with marijuana use. Who knows, maybe this year the world will find the answers to such questions as “Does weed cure cancer?” or “Is cannabis the right option to treat diabetes?”.
Back in 2014, the Health Department of Colorado put $9 million towards medical marijuana research. Now, it is ready to offer a $2.4 million grant for studies about marijuana use and is looking for researchers to take advantage of this offer.
At the end of June, Colorado Health Department began accepting the applications for the Retail Marijuana Health Monitoring Program. The purpose of this program is to research the gaps in general health effects of cannabis use on Colorado’s population. The grant is financed by the marijuana taxes.
There are two types of grants that will be awarded by Colorado Health Department. They are pilot grants that fund shorter-term projects and full research grants that fund multi-year projects. The studies do not include clinical trials. The pilot grants will provide $100,000 per year for two years, while full research grants will pay up to $300,000 per year for three years.
The conducted studies should be relevant for various areas. The most important of them are the effects of cannabis use on pregnant women and their children, the factors that make adolescents start using marijuana, the potential risks of accidental ingestion of marijuana products, the effects of increasing marijuana potency, and the difference between the health conditions of heavy and moderate marijuana users.
The preliminary applications should be submitted via email to Colorado Department of Health and Environment not later than July 22, 2016. The researchers whose ideas survive the cut will be asked to submit final applications. The deadline for the final applications will be Sept. 30, 2016.
All applications should comply with the requirements. Otherwise, they will not be reviewed.
The awarding of the grants is planned for November.
The principal researcher should have a demonstrated record of successful grant-funded research or data analysis. Moreover, in order to have a certain edge, it is better to involve Colorado residents in the studies.
It is also worth mentioning that for-profit entities are not allowed to participate in the program; however, they can partner with non-profits in applying.
We are looking forward to the results of the new studies and hope that they will bring us more exciting revelations, like the theory that says marijuana kills cancer cells.