Sept. 19 (UPI) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration this week approved the importation of marijuana from Canada for research at the University of California San Diego Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.
Although legal in many states, marijuana is still illegal under federal law, which limits the number of U.S. companies that are able to provide certain types of strains for medical use. Tilray, the Canadian company that will export UC San Diego’s medical marijuana, produces the drug in a capsule form and researchers will study its effects on Essential Tremor, a neurological that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking.
Dr. Fatta Nahab, a neurologist and director of the Functional Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disorders Lab at the UC San Diego Health’s Movement Disorder Center, said the research will be a “first-of-its kind trial of purified medicinal cannabis for a common neurological disorder.”
“Until now patients have been on their own