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Please join us in our inaugural celebration of the "Rounding Up for Research" project for raising direct funding for medical cannabis research and student scholarships for our future medical cannabis scientists. We are teaming up with local and national cannabis dispensaries for patrons to be able to round up to the nearest dollar on their next cannabis purchase to be able to donate their extra change to the University of New Mexico Medical Cannabis Research Fund. Stay tuned...


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What are UNM Researchers Accomplishing in the World of Medical Cannabis Research?

Advancements in Science


Stith, S. S., Li, X., Diviant J. P., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., Hall, B., & Vigil, J. M. (in press).The effectiveness of common Cannabis products for treatment of nausea. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

 Stith, S. S., Li, X., Diviant J. P., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., Hall, B., & Vigil, J. M. (2020).The effectiveness of inhaled Cannabis flower for the treatment of agitation/irritability, anxiety, and common stress. Journal of Cannabis Research, 2, 47.

Stith, S. S., Diviant, J. P., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., Hall, B., Lucern, S., & Vigil, J. M. (2020). Alleviative effects of Cannabis flower for migraine and headache. Journal of Integrative Medicine. xx, xxx.

Vigil, J. M., Montera, M., Pentkowski, N. S., Diviant, J., Orozco, J., Ortiz A. L., Rael, L. J., & Westlund, K. N. (2020). The therapeutic effectiveness of full spectrum hemp oil using a chronic neuropathic pain model. Life, 10, 69.

Li, X., Diviant J. P., Stith, S. S., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., Hall, B., & Vigil, J. M. (2019).The effectiveness of Cannabis flower for immediate relief from symptoms of depression. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 93, 251-264. 

Doremus, J. M., Stith, S. S., & Vigil, J. M. (2020). Off-label use of recreational cannabis: Acid reflux in Colorado. Economics Bulletin, 40, 338-348. 

Doremus, J. M., Stith, S. S., & Vigil, J. M. (2019).  Using recreational cannabis to treat insomnia: Evidence from over-the-counter sleep aid sales in Colorado. Complementary Therapies in Medicine,47, 102207. 

Li, X., Vigil, J. M. Stith, S. S., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., & Hall, B. (2019). The effectiveness of self-directed medical cannabis treatment for pain.Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 46, 123-130.

Stith, S. S., Vigil, J. M., Adams, I., & Reeve, A. (2019). Insurers save while patients pay: The redistribution of medication costs following enrollment in a state-legal medical cannabis program. In Chronic Pain: Prevalence, Management and Outcomes. (pp. xx-xx). Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc

Stith, S. S., Vigil, J. M., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., & Hall, B. (2019). The association between cannabis product characteristics and symptom relief. Scientific Reports, 9, 2712.

Diviant, J. P., Vigil,J. M. Stith, S. S (2018). The role of cannabis within an emerging perspective on schizophrenia. Medicines, 5, 86.

Stith, S. S., Vigil, J. M., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., & Hall, B. (2018). Patient-reported symptom relief following medical cannabis consumption. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 9, 96.

 Vigil, J. M., Stith, S. S., Diviant, J. P. Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., & Hall, B. (2018). Effectiveness of raw, natural medical Cannabis flower for treating insomnia under naturalistic conditions. Medicines, 5(3), 75.

Vigil, J. M., Stith, S. S., Reeve, A. P. (2018). Accuracy of patient copied use reporting at the time of medical cannabis license renewal. Pain Research and Management. 1, 1-4, Article ID 5704128. 

Stith, S. S., Vigil, J. M., Adams, I. M., & Reeve, A. P. (2018). Effects of legal access to cannabis on Scheduled II-V Drug Prescriptions. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 19, 59-64.e1.

Vigil, J. M., Stith, S. S., Adams, I. M., & Reeve, A. P. (2017). Associations between medical cannabis and prescription copied use in chronic pain patients: A preliminary cohort study. PLoS ONE. 12(11): e0187795.

Stith, S. S., & Vigil, J. M. V. (2016). Federal barriers to Cannabis research. Science. 352(6290), 1182. 

Filbey F. M., Aslan S., Calhoun V.D., Spence J.S., Damaraju E., Caprihan A., & Segall J. (2014). Long-term effects of marijuana use on the brain.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 111(47):16913-8. 





Advancements in Society


UNM Scientist and Private Physician Write the First Medical Cannabis Research Bill. In February, 2015, UNM scientist, Dr. Jacob M. Vigil, and clinical pain specialist, Dr. Anthony Reeve wrote the first Medical Cannabis Research Bill to mandate that the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program direct a consistent proportion of revenue produced by the Program to local research on medical Cannabis. Supported in the Senate by Senator Jerry Ortiz (SB 516) and in the Congress by Representative Armstrong (HB 466), while gaining much traction in both houses of congress, failed to get the final approval before the end of the legislative session.  The Bill continues to be proposed each legislative session and is expected to pass into law in the near future.   


UNM Scientists Help Direct Federal Medical Cannabis Policy.  In July, 2016 the Director of the Division of Extramural Research for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Dr. Susan Weiss, cited a recent article published one month earlier by UNM scientists, Drs. Sarah Stith and Jacob Vigil, in her testimony to the U.S. Senate to justify medical Cannabis research reform. Soon after, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) "announced a policy change designed to foster research by expanding the number of DEA- registered marijuana manufacturers. This change should provide researchers with a more varied and robust supply of marijuana." Further,  "...the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in consultation with DEA and the FDA, also released a statement of principles concerning provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 relating to the legalized growing and cultivating of industrial hemp for research purposes under certain conditions, such as in states where growth and cultivation are legal under state law." Sadly, these changes do not minimize the need for the MCRF to help fund scientifically valid and unbiased research on the true safety and efficacy of using medical Cannabis as a pharmacological agent in our present society.

Other News

Interview With Cannabis Specialist Dr. Tishler of InHaleMD 

Interview with Cannabis Economics Professor Bilodeau of Indiana University

Interview with Psychologist Jacob Vigil

Iinterview with Cannabis & Sports Orthopaedic Surgeon, Charles Bush-Joseph

Interview with legal scholar, Douglas A. Berman