Q: How do you get around federal law that prohibits researching medical marijuana? A: You drive to it with Cannavans, of course.
University of Colorado-Boulder is using CannaVan, a mobile laboratory, to research the effects of medical marijuana. Scientists drive the van to house calls and tests patients in their van. This eliminates having to request for on-site laboratories that are more expensive and require funding from the government.
“Instead of being able to bring the cannabis to the lab, we bring the lab to the people,” Cinnamon Bidwell, an Assistant Professor at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Cognitive Science and lead investigator of the study said to CBS Denver.
The Colorado Department of Public Health has given the university a $839,500 grant to study the effects of high potency cannabis. They have tested medical marijuana users on their motor skills and cognitive abilities, comparing the effects before and after they have taken marijuana. Marijuana is bought by the medical marijuana users themselves, who use it at their homes before they get into the van to be inquired by the team of researchers.
The research team said they are not prepared to release any findings yet, due to still needing more time to finalize reports.