By law, scientists cannot bring individuals into a lab and provide them with high-potency cannabis for research purposes.
But there’s nothing stopping them – legally speaking – from bringing the lab to those individuals.
This is the idea behind the CannaVan, a mobile laboratory set up by the University of Colorado Change Lab.
The CannaVan is simply a Dodge Sprinter that’s been modified to include a phlebotomy and assessment station. It’s a setup that allows researchers to legally collect blood samples within the van and lets participants complete self-report assessments and physiological, behavioural and cognitive measures.
The research team, led by Dr. Cinnamon Bidwell, is studying the potential risks and/or benefits of ingesting the kinds of high-potency cannabis products that are common in legal dispensaries in Colorado