UC San Diego Wednesday announced what the university touted as the largest private medicinal cannabis research donation in U.S. history.
The Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation’s $4.7 million gift to UCSD’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research will fund research on the potential of cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive compound found in cannabis, as a severe autism treatment. The award was given in partnership with the Wholistic Research and Education Foundation.
The center will study patients using advanced mathematics as well as clinical, scientific and genetic techniques to determine whether cannabidiol can ease autism symptoms.
“UC San Diego is pleased to partner with the Noorda and Wholistic foundations to advance understanding of when and how medicinal cannabis works, and to use this information to transform the lives of the many people for whom medicinal cannabis may make a meaningful difference in their quality of life,” said David A. Brenner, vice chancellor of UCSD