The University of California Irvine has received a $9 million grant to research the effects of long-term cannabis use on the adolescent brain. The grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will fund a four-year study at the UCI School of Medicine.
New Cannabis Research Group to Conduct Study
The research will study the effects of THC, including potential “persistent changes in endocannabinoid (ECB) signaling, synaptic plasticity, and behavior,” on young brains, according to media reports.
The endocannabinoid system uses molecules produced by the body that help regulate various functions of the mind and body. The cannabinoids from cannabis, known as phytocannabinoids, can also have an effect on the same physiological and psychological processes.
The research will be conducted by the new UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis, which was founded at the university last year. The center is a partnership between the law and medical schools at UCI and will study the pharmacological and physiological effects of cannabis in addition to its legal, social, and economic issues.
With research funded by the NIDA grant, the center hopes to learn the long-term effects of THC exposure during adolescence on behavior and brain function, as well as the