CHANGE Lab puts cannabis under the microscope

In recent years, Colorado and many other states across the country have legalized marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational use. However, more research is still needed on the health effects of cannabis in its various forms.

Assistant Professor Cinnamon Bidwell

Now, two ongoing research studies conducted by CU Boulder’s CHANGE Lab are looking into how cannabis and its active ingredients, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), impact a person’s mental and physical state as well as the health impacts of high potency cannabis concentrates like oils and resins. The lab was created as a collaborative interdisciplinary way to research the drug using biological, clinical and neuroscientific methodologies.

Cannabis products remain illegal at a federal level, so studying it brings limitations. CU Boulder is a federally funded institution and adheres to all U.S. government regulations regarding the drug’s handling and use. Accordingly, the university’s researchers do not handle, store, consume or provide cannabis

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