A man who attended Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has donated $9 million for cannabis research!
Charles R. Broderick has donated $4.5 million Harvard and MIT for research cannabis.
Broderick who is an alum of both institutions is looking for a study on the effects marijuana plays on health and behavior if consumed. This is said to be the largest private gift to benefit independent research of cannabis.
“Our desire is to fill the research void that currently exists in the science of cannabis,” Broderick, the founder of Uji Capital LLC said.
“I want to destigmatize the conversation around cannabis—and, in part, that means providing facts to the medical community, as well as the general public. Then we’re all working from the same information. We need to replace rhetoric with research.”
With this research, Broderick says that he hopes people who consume marijuana are able to make inform decisions when it comes to consumption.
The donation that Broderick made to both schools is set to be going towards a three-year study where scientists will look at the effects on brain development, organ systems, and general health.
“Even though cannabis products are now widely available, and some are used clinically, we still understand remarkably little about how they influence brain function and neuronal circuits in the brain,” said Bruce Bean, a Harvard Medical School professor of neurobiology.
“This gift will allow us to conduct critical research into the neurobiology of cannabinoids, which may ultimately inform new approaches for the treatment of pain, epilepsy, sleep and mood disorders, and more.”