Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Cannabis Research & Education

ADAI has been the recipient of the Washington State Dedicated Marijuana Fund for research at the University of Washington since July 2015. This page presents some of the activities and products developed by ADAI with support from those and other funds.

Interim Biennial Marijuana Research Report 2019-2021

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NEW! Our 2019-2021 Interim Marijuana Research Report describes research studies, outreach and collaborations, and information products completed during the 2019-2021 biennium with support from the Washington State Dedicated Marijuana Fund. This includes funding 4 intramural research projects, 6 new publications, a consensus statement and report on high-potency cannabis, updates to the Learn About Cannabis website and the Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain online training, and numerous collaborative and consulting efforts with local, state, and international organizations. See also: 2017-2019 Report | 2015-2017 Report.

High-THC Concentration Cannabis

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This page contains recent reports and summaries that describe what we know so far about the health-related risks of high-THC cannabis products, including a November 2020 consensus statement and report developed by a workgroup of research scientists from the University of Washington (UW) and Washington State University (WSU) with the intent of providing policy makers with a summary of the current evidence on topics of public health importance related to cannabis concentration. [visit page]

ADAI Cannabis Work Group

Workgroup members at the North American Cannabis Summit 2019 (l to r: Stoner, Brunner, Garrett, Carlini, Firth, Williams)

The ADAI Cannabis Workgroup is comprised of investigators and program staff who have come together to collaborate on research and dissemination activities in response to emerging needs of the community in the context of legalized cannabis.

Established in 2012, the year I-502 legislation charged ADAI with providing a public portal to scientifically accurate public education materials, this group:

  • carries out and publishes results of intramural research
  • conducts scientific literature reviews on trending topics
  • develops research-based fact sheets, policy briefs, and trainings
  • fosters collaborative research opportunities with researchers at the University of Washington, Washington State University, state agencies, and other groups

Workgroup members (alphabetically):

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Learn About Cannabis

The Learn About Cannabis website presents science-based information about cannabis for a general audience. Includes factsheets, special pages for parents and teens, information for adult consumers, cannabis laws in Washington, and online e-learning products, like the Learn About Cannabis video series for a general audience, and the Medicinal Cannabis & Chronic Pain training for providers. [visit site]

Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain: Science-Based Education in Times of Legalization

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Developed for health professionals and updated in 2020, the Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain online training presents current information and clinical practice guidelines on the use of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain.

The first module is a basic primer on the mechanism of action of medicinal cannabis, its medical uses, and Washington State law. The second module focuses on the best clinical practices associated with the recommendation of medicinal cannabis. This training will also provide tools that may be useful to health care providers in their discussion with patients about the use of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain. CME available!

ADAI Cannabis Small Grants Program

Funds from the Washington State Dedicated Marijuana Fund have been used to support research across a broad range of study related to cannabis use, from basic pharmacology to clinical and psychosocial research. These grants are available to UW researchers only.

Find the list of funded projects here.

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Marijuana Research Symposia

ADAI hosts regular Symposia on Marijuana Research in Washington, the most recent taking place in May 2018. Find recordings, slides, and more information about each event below: