The Center For Cannabis Policy, Research And Outreach Spearheads The Study Of Cannabis At Washington State University
Washington State University’s early efforts on cannabis research have now grown into a full, multi-disciplinary research center with nearly 100 scientists working on a diverse range of cannabis-related projects.
The newly christened Center for Cannabis Policy, Research and Outreach, or CCPRO, was officially approved by the WSU Faculty Senate and Board of Regents in May. WSU started organizing spearheading research into cannabis in 2011, even before the Washington state legalized recreational marijuana. WSU is one of the top universities in the U.S. for cannabis research. It also brings together under one center work on everything from research focused on the impact of cannabis on development to scholarship on cannabis and public safety, as well as hemp research. In the last six years, WSU researchers have been involved in 50 projects with almost $10 million in funding.
Some projects include how Washington’s 2012 law legalizing cannabis has impacted law enforcement and an exploration of behavioral and biological predictors of problematic cannabis use. WSU’s CCPRO is also partnering with Oregon State University and University of California Davis to improve hemp germplasm. This involves the study of seeds and genetic material needed to grow better hemp crops for industrial purposes and as a source of CBD. CCPRO is also working closely with the Puyallup Tribe to understand the use of medicinal marijuana for pain management as a natural treatment method. Another promising partnership between WSU and Biopharmaceutical Research Company has opened new possibilities for research as the pharmaceutical company recently became one of first companies to get federal approval to grow cannabis for research purposes. While there are a lot of obstacles to researching and studying these compounds, this will help make the cannabis industry reliable and safe.
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