Until now, researchers at NIDA had access to 21 kilograms of marijuana, now they will have access to 650 kilograms, The Hill reports. All of the marijuana will be supplied by the University of Mississippi, which has growing facilities on campus.
“That’s a lot of marijuana,” DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno said. “One kilogram is equivalent to a brick. So 650 kilograms would look like 650 bricks and would probably fill a cargo van.”
There have only been 30 studies on marijuana conducted by NIDA to date, according to the article. “The additional supply to be manufactured in 2014 is designed to meet the current and anticipated research efforts involving marijuana – this projection of increased demand is due in part to the recent increased interest in the possible therapeutic uses of marijuana,” NIDA said in a statement to The Hill.
The increased supply will allow NIDA to increase the testing of marijuana effects on the treatment of a number of conditions, such as:
- Psychiatric Disorders
- Autoimmune Diseases