The sale of recreational marijuana to adults became
legal in California on January 1, 2018. Since then there has been an explosion of
new cannabis (marijuana)-based products on the market. Along with them came unchecked health claims and persuasive
Lack of information exists about the implications of marijuana
U.S. federal government classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug, which means
it has the highest potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.
1 classification places restrictions on cannabis research activities and blocks
funding for therapeutic cannabis research. The
result is a lack of scientific knowledge about cannabis.
the knowledge gap, both market forces and public policy decisions have moved
beyond the current level of scientific understanding. Policymakers have enacted
cannabis laws in the absence of data.
Cannabis Research Initiative is dedicated to the broad study of cannabis
With a population of 10 million, Los Angeles County has become
the hub of the American cannabis industry. Given the increased accessibility of
cannabis, there is an opportunity and a need to understand the public health
implications of marijuana-related products.
Established in 2017, the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative (CRI) is one of the first academic programs in the world dedicated to the study of marijuana. CRI is a comprehensive research program dedicated to understanding the health, legal, economic and social impacts of cannabis by:
rigorous, impactful research into cannabis and cannabinoids (chemical
constituents unique to the cannabis plant)
the therapeutic potential of cannabis and cannabinoids
the health consequences of non-medical cannabis use
Marijuana researchers from CRI collaborate to answer important questions
CRI, researchers study the implications of cannabis-based products by bringing together
a diverse group of scholars from various fields across the campus, including:
areas of science and medicine
The faculty work
together to focus on the most critical questions that need to be answered,
using rigorous study designs and innovative approaches. This type of collaboration means novel and impactful research is
being conducted in those areas that most need attention. CRI’s research
projects will yield data that will be instrumental in educating our
communities, students and medical professionals.
The UCLA CRI is supported by the UCLA Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the UCLA Brain Research Institute. Learn how you can help.