Medical cannabis patients and companies join forces to support the UNM’s medical cannabis research program
University of New Mexico researchers are working with Minerva Canna and other leading medical cannabis companies in New Mexico to raise ongoing funding for clinical investigations into the safety and pharmaceutical uses of the cannabis plant.
With the U.S. federal government largely prioritizing funding for research to measure the harmful effects of cannabis use, there is a lack of information and government resources to investigate the plant’s potential medicinal uses. The University of New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Research Fund (MCRF) was founded in 2016 to raise public funds in support of a public health research program with the sole aim of measuring the negative and positive effects of cannabis use.
The UNM’s Medical Cannabis Research Fund was founded in 2016.
University scholars and business leaders work together for the “Rounding up for Research” fundraising campaign, in which retail customers can donate their change to the MCRF. The research program, led by senior scientist and assistant professor of the UNM’s Department of Psychology, Jacob Miguel Vigil, has conducted more than a dozen studies into the effects of cannabis use on numerous patients. The aim of the studies is to guide sound regulatory policies and provide the average person with a knowledge base on which to make health decisions. Donations to the MCRF are also used to fund student scholarships and research grants to advance medical cannabis science.
“Our team has shown that not only highly effective cannabis-based products but also legal hemp oil are effective in treating conditions such as post-operative, chronic neuropathic pain,” said Vigil. “From our observations, I can easily say that there is no other known drug that is as fast-acting, minimally toxic, and as effective as the cannabis plant in treating such a wide range of physiological, psychiatric and psychosomatic conditions. ”
The Rounding up for Research fundraiser is unconventional and differs widely from the usual academic system which relies on government funding to cover the cost of public health research. However, due to the continued status of cannabis under Scheduled I, there have been significant legal and logistical barriers to researchers administering cannabis for clinical trials in the United States by using a wide range of observational research techniques, innovative technologies, and a focus on both the nationwide illegal as well as the The UNM research team has also succeeded in clarifying and disseminating many research results with the legal varieties of the cannabis plant.
“Cannabis has been used as medicine for thousands of years, but not much is known about its benefits due to strict government regulations in the past,” said Erik Brionese, founder of Minerva Canna. “It was only recently that the US government eased research restrictions, and more is now being discovered about the various cannabinoids and their benefits. However, there is a tremendous amount of unknowns, especially with the small cannabinoids. Everyone will benefit from the health discoveries waiting to be revealed through further efforts of additional research. “
Vigil describes the MCRF as a community-built entity that enables private individuals to directly fund the types of research largely neglected by the federal government. “My education was partially subsidized by my community, which gave me not only the ability to seek and identify scientific truths, but also a duty to use these blessings to improve the lives and well-being of those around me. By addressing relevant research questions, getting the results back to the public and training future researchers, we are creating a knowledge-generating system in its purest form – by the people for the people, “he said.
The “Rounding up for Research” fundraiser is slated to premiere Tuesday, April 20, at several local companies in New Mexico state. To learn more about the UNM MCRF, visit the website and visit its official content to view its educational content on Youtube channel, Cannabis Connection University.