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MCRF Sponsored Projects

UNM Partners

Since it's inception in August, 2016, the MCRF has provided research funding to the following research projects:



Project Title: The Impact of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program among People with Chronic Debilitating Health Conditions

Principle Investigator: Jacob M. Vigil, PhD

Primary Institution: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Abstract: There is no extant information on the efficacy of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program (NM MCP) and its impact on core aspects of patient health (e.g., pain experiences, sleep quality, eating behaviors, relationship quality) and healthcare-seeking activities (e.g., prescription fills, medical attention/ doctor visits).   In this study we conduct the first large, epidemiological assessment of the use and application of medical Cannabis among a wide-range of patients with varying chronic health conditions (e.g., chronic pain, cancer, PTSD) currently enrolled in the NM MCP. We examine patient-reported Cannabis and narcotic use along with the patient’s actual narcotic prescription seeking activity using the NM Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which is a database of narcotic medication prescribing in New Mexico. The study also examines how Cannabis use affects other aspects of mental, physical, and social wellbeing in NM MCP patients including pain experiences, sleep quality, eating behaviors, exercise, relationship quality, medical visits, and other general health promotion behaviors.  The results of the study are intended to help guide medical providers, legislators, and the general community on the behavioral health consequences of the NM MCP for patients currently enrolled in this system.  


**The students and researchers at the MCRF are please to recognize our local, national, and international donors whom include:

Scientific Base Solutions Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM USA