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Jen Ware awarded a University Research Strategy Fund grant

10 July 2013

Jen Ware has been awarded a University Research Strategy Fund grant for £7,765. This grant has been awarded to fund a pilot study, which aims to establish whether or not cannabis smokers self-regulate their exposure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the psychoactive chemicals present in cannabis.

Jen Ware (Oak Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Social and Community Medicine and the School of Experimental Psychology), has been awarded a University Research Strategy Fund grant for £7,765. This grant has been awarded to fund a pilot study, which aims to establish whether or not cannabis smokers self-regulate their exposure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the psychoactive chemicals present in cannabis, in order to achieve a consistent effect, via adjustments in smoking behaviour (e.g., altering number of puffs taken per cigarette, volume of smoke inhaled per puff, and so on). These behaviours can be assessed using a special monitor, known as a smoking topography device.

This study will provide crucial pilot data, establishing proof of concept, which will in turn inform a larger subsequent study, seeking to test these questions experimentally. This research question has important implications for public health and drug control policies, and is of particular current interest given evidence linking cannabis use to psychotic disorders and recent increases in market availability of stronger strains of cannabis.

 

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