UCLA researcher awarded NIH grant to study pain-relieving effects of cannabis chemicals

  • UCLA researcher awarded NIH grant to study pain-relieving effects of cannabis chemicals
  • Ziva Cooper, research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, has been awarded a $3.9 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the NIH to study whether cannabis chemicals called terpenes can reduce the amount of opioid medication a person needs to reduce pain.
  • The terpenes will be administered separately and with THC to see whether they help reduce pain on their own, and whether they enhance the pain-relieving effects of THC, while reducing its intoxicating properties.
  • Separately, the potential of these terpenes to reduce opioid doses needed to decrease pain will be tested.

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