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Sign Me Up: ASU to Pay Cannabis Patients to Try Various Strains

September 13, 2017
Are you a medical marijuana patient near Tempe, AZ? If so, Arizona State University has an opportunity for you.

In a study being overseen by professor Dr. Madeline Meier, a world-renowned substance use and behavior specialist, researchers are seeking to determine the immediate effects of different types of cannabis.


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Meier, head of ASU’s Substance Use, Health and Behavior Lab, has undertaken several major cannabis studies in the past. Just last year, the lab’s research found that, over the long term, the worst health problems for adult cannabis consumers tend to be less-healthy teeth and gums. The research found no evidence that cannabis contributed to lung dysfunction or heart problems and even suggested that cannabis consumers were better than average in terms of body-mass index.

Her 2012 study, conducted when she was a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University, found that long-term cannabis consumption begun during childhood was associated with an eight-point decline in adult IQ. The conclusions drawn from that study became the point of a years-long debate among many in the field.


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For the new study, Meier’s team is seeking medical marijuana patients aged 18 to 30 to compare the immediate effects of at-home consumption of various types of cannabis.

From the project website:

The Substance Use, Health, and Behavior Lab is recruiting participants who are Arizona medical marijuana card holders between the ages of 18 to 30 interested in participating in a study that compares the immediate effects of your at-home use of different types of cannabis. This study will take approximately 10 hours over the course of 1 week.

During this week, participants will be asked to come to the lab for a two hour visit and then receive several text messages per day asking to complete a short survey related to their cannabis use and effects. Participants will be compensated $95 for their voluntary involvement.

To find out more about this study and to determine your eligibility, call the Substance Use, Health, and Behavior Lab at (480) 727 – 5799 or email

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