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NIDA research could lead to better treatment for pain and marijuana addiction

Well lookit the hell right here. I stumbled across a press release I seemed to have missed last march, from our very own National Institute of Drug Abuse. (

You know these guys. The ones who funded Donald Tashkin, who after years and years has come out for the legalization of marijuana, based solely on his expertise and objective study? Yeah. That guy. It’s posted somewhere here on WeedPress, just search “Tashkin, I’m lazy today, long day.”

Anyways, I just found this lovely press release from our lovely governmental agency that has always been so right on marijuana. You know, it’s really like they’ve been for medical weed all along. Heck, I remember back in the good ol’ days, when the NIDA helped organize events like WoodStock, Watergate, Wisconsin Railroads….wait, I’m only 21, what do I know?

Anyways, you can find the press release right here on WeedPress (since I know how hard it is to find anything factual the government puts out these days, I thought I’d help make it easier).

Another nice tidbit in this press release…NIDA is acknowledging that you can use marijuana for “substance abuse disorders.” Wait…I thought marijuana WAS  a substance abuse disorder.

Study Helps Unravel Mysteries of Brain’s Endocannabinoid System

For Release March 16, 2009

NIDA research could lead to better treatment for pain and marijuana addiction

New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has identified a new mechanism for the processingof endocannabinoids, natural brain compounds similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The results of this study, led by researchers from Stony Brook University, were published March 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In addition to pain control, researchers are also examining manipulation of the endocannabinoid system for treating anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other substance abuse disorders.



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