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Webinar To Assist Applicants for Grants To Study Specific Cannabis Components

February 14, 2019
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

Deputy Director
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
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Identifying and developing novel strategies to treat acute and chronic pain are strong public health needs. More than 25 million adults in the U.S. experience daily pain. And, more than 2 million Americans have an opioid use disorder (OUD). The National Institutes of Health urges the scientific community to help develop solutions to these public health emergencies. 

According to a growing body of literature, the cannabis plant may have analgesic properties. However, the progress of research into those potential properties has been slow. More knowledge is needed regarding the basic biological activity of the plant’s diverse phytochemicals—especially, its minor cannabinoids and terpenes, few of which have been extensively studied— to be able to tackle many scientific questions. These questions may include: Can the analgesic constituents of cannabis be isolated and separated from its psychoactive constituents? What are the targets and mechanisms of action for these molecules? Could these constituents be further developed to treat pain, OUD, and other related conditions (e.g., sleep disturbance)? 

If you’re a researcher who is interested in applying for an NCCIH grant in this area, please join us for a preapplication Technical Assistance Webinar on Minor Cannabinoids and Pain on Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Staff from the NCCIH Division of Extramural Research will discuss two current Funding Opportunity Announcements from the Center:

They’ll provide an overview of each initiative and address applicant questions. The webinar is optional and not required for application submission. Please register online

We hope this event will help applicants as they consider developing an application for these research opportunities. NCCIH also offers an information portal for consumers and health professionals on marijuana and cannabinoids


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Hi,This is great, for sure, and in the long run should sort out many things.   My question is related to policy.  When I was on NCCIH study sections we were specifically told that only studies using WHOLE PLANTS would be considered for funding.  Studies of components was (and I guess still is) more pharmacology.  Has this policy changed?  If so, can you give a link to the new policy?

Looking forward to this!

I am interested in attending this webinar.

like a Clinical Pharmacist and Biochemichemistry I have great interest in this matter ;I have already work with “Cannabis sativa ” and ‘Cannabis indica” in Homeopathic formulations.

Cannibas will be the biggest industry for pain management soon

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@GMB Thanks for the question. We do not have a policy stating that we only fund whole plant studies. For more information please see our webpage “Natural Products Research – Information for Researchers” (  You may also want to take a look at “2016 Strategic Plan: Exploring the Science of Complementary and Integrative Health” (  for more details about our interest in compounds isolated from natural products, as well as the complex mixtures from which they originate.

How do we find serious persons for research?

@peta You may want to search the following databases to locate researchers who share your research interests: PubMed database (at, which provides citations of published medical research; NIH RePORTER (at, which is an online database of federally funded research projects; (at, which is a U.S. National Library of Medicine website designed to provide patients, their families, and the public with current information about clinical research studies. I hope this information is helpful.

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