UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative Launches COVID-19 SurveyPosted by On


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Ziva Cooper, PhD, interim director and research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative.

To better understand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on cannabis and CBD use, the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative has launched the Cannabis, CBD and COVID Survey.

The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with high rates of infection has had an unprecedented effect on mental health. A recent CDC survey found that more than 4 in 10 Americans are struggling with pandemic-related mental health issues, including increased substance use.

“It’s hypothesized that recreational cannabis, medical cannabis and CBD (cannabidiol) use has changed due to COVID-19 for a number of reasons including self-medication for mental health conditions,” said Ziva Cooper, PhD, interim director and research director of the Cannabis Research Initiative, who has collaborated with Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli organic chemist and professor of…

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