Researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Colorado State University have received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to test a text-delivered counseling program for young adults ages 18 to 25 with cannabis use disorder.
Because it will enroll young adults in Tennessee and Colorado, this first-of-its-kind study will also examine the role of legalization of marijuana on treatment outcomes as well as cost effectiveness and educational outcomes. Recreational marijuana use is illegal in Tennessee; it is legal in Colorado.
The two lead researchers involved are Michael Mason, the Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor of Children and Families at Risk in the UT College of Social Work’s Center for Behavioral Health Research, and Douglas Coatsworth, professor of human development and family studies at Colorado State University, who will direct the Colorado site in Fort Collins.
Cannabis use disorder (CUD) is a diagnosis given for problematic marijuana use.