The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) a US$16 million grant to lead a study testing a combination of THC and CBD as a possible treatment for people in their final days.

Medical doctors Olga Brawman-Mintzer and Jacobo Mintzer, who conduct research at MUSC, will lead the 15-site clinical trial testing the cannabis compounds in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a good fit for the study because the disease affects a huge number of people – about 5.8 million Americans – and causes distress and agitation later in life in about a third of all cases.

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