Newsbrief: Dr. Donald Abrams Receives FDA Approval for First Human Vaporizer Research 12/5/03

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from the e-mail bulletin of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, http://www.maps.org

FDA has approved Dr. Donald Abrams' study comparing cannabinoid blood levels, carbon monoxide levels, and subjective effects in human subjects who smoke marijuana and (at a different time) inhale vapors from the same amount of marijuana in the Volcano vaporizer (http://www.vapormed.de). This historic study will begin in early 2004.

The only remaining milestone that is required before it makes financial and political sense to initiate a major medical marijuana drug development effort is for NIDA's monopoly on the supply of marijuana that can be used in FDA-approved research to be broken. MAPS hopes to accomplish this by either obtaining a DEA license for the UMass Amherst project (most desirable) or by obtaining a DEA permit to import marijuana from the Dutch Office of Medicinal Cannabis (less desirable). DEA is still leisurely reviewing applications for both of these sources of supply.

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