David Brenner, vice chancellor of UCSD Health Sciences also praised the Foundation for their donation:
“UC San Diego is pleased to partner with the Noorda and Wholistic foundations to advance understanding of when and how medicinal cannabis works.
“[This new research can help] transform the lives of the many people for whom medicinal cannabis may make a meaningful difference in their quality of life.”
The President and Co-Founder of WREF, Pelin Thorogood, also discussed the importance of scientific research to find out the workings of CBD on the symptoms (and possible cause) of autism:
“Given numerous anecdotal reports from parents suggesting CBD may be improving their child’s functioning, we are thrilled to partner with UC San Diego to understand under what circumstances CBD may be effective for autism, and why it seems to help certain individuals and not others.
“This is especially exciting since the multi-disciplinary approach employed by UC San Diego, combining clinical, basic and translational data across the same group of children, has the best chance of helping us understand the role of the endocannabinoid system in the treatment of autism.”
Research into medical cannabis in American has severe restrictions placed on it, particularly in relation to funding, due to the fact that cannabis remains a Schedule I substance.
The UCSD was able to traverse this restriction by going directly to RTNF, a private foundation, for the grant money.
According to the university, it is the biggest single donation toward researching medical ever made in the United States.