Jul 1, 2014 8:01 PM by Leah Kraus

Millions to be spent on marijuana research in Colorado

Colorado is about to embark on the largest state funded study of the medical benefits of marijuana.

It all comes from a bill signed by Governor Hickenlooper. The state health department will give out nearly $10 million in grants for research over the next five years.

A big part of the research will be trials of certian marijuana products to better conclude how they can be effective in treating health ailments.

"Charlotte's Web" is a strain of marijuana that's been getting a lot of attention because of its effects in lowering seizures in children.

It's a type of cannabis low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) -- the part that gets you high and high in CBD (cannabidiol) -- which helps stop seizures.

Heather Jackson says her son has been given a new lease on life since using Charlotte's Web.

"Pharmaceutical drugs really don't touch their seizures," says Jackson. "They really are out of options after you recycle through three pharmaceuticals. You have less than a one percent chance of finding a pharmaceutical that will work to control the seizures."

She says every seizure is potentially life threatening and that she's watched her son spend the better part of a decade having one every single day.

Jackson hopes the research will help educate people about medicinal marijuana as well as get support from physicians.



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