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Chronic and Acute Effects of High-Potency Cannabis on Cognition

May 23, 2022

Dr. Carrie Cuttler, Department of Psychology, WSU.


Optimizing the Medical Properties of Cannabis

April 4, 2022

Dr. Nephi Stella, Departments of Pharmacology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UW.


2nd CCR Retreat

May 9, 2022

UW Intellectual House

UW Medicine Newsroom article

The retreat was a true success! We had a total of 50 participants, a plenary lecture and 6 presentations by UW and WSU faculty, as well as cutting-edge research presented as posters by post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates. A lot of ideas were exchanged and contacts for collaborations.

Thank you Washington State Representative Kloba for participating to the event.

We also thank our guests from the Liquor and Cannabis Board, Washington State University and University of California Irvine for their insightful comments and contribution to the excellent interaction with all attendees.

Nephi Stella and Shelley Kloba
Dr. Nephi Stella and Representative Shelley Kloba at the Retreat
11:45 a.m.


12:00 p.m.

Guest lecture: The impact of Cannabis in adolescence: Time to take a fresh look, Dr. Daniele Piomelli (Director, Center for the Study of Cannabis, University of California at Irvine)

1:00 p.m.

Topic 1: THC & New Technologies

Assessing Cannabis use via population modeling and sparse sampling from potential user populations, Dr. Nina Isoherranen (Pharmaceutics, UW)

Visualizing the impact of THC on mouse brain function and behavior, Dr. Michael Bruchas (Anesthesiology, UW)

2:00 p.m.

Topic 2: THC & Behavior

Measuring alertness impairments related to fatigue, Cannabis, opioids, and alcohol, Dr. Devon Hansen (Translational Medicine & Physiology, WSU) 

Marijuana legalization: Implications for parent and teen use and parenting behavior, Dr. Marina Epstein (Social Work, UW)                                        

3:00 p.m.

Topic 3: THC & Impairment

Is adolescence a sensitive period for Cannabis-mediated effects on action control? Dr. Kristen Delevish (Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, WSU

Treatment of Cannabis use disorder: Is there a role for adrenergic antagonists? Dr. Garth Terry (Psychiatry, UW)

4:00 p.m.


Attendees at retreat
Attendees at the retreat.








1st CCR Retreat

October 3, 2018

Orin Smith Auditorium, UW Medicine at South Lake Union

Provided a venue for CB researchers to meet and engage in strategic discussions to identify research priorities.


8:30 a.m.

Welcome: Nephi Stella, PhD

Keynote Address: Cannabis regulation: Inspiring leadership in turbulent times, Alison Holcomb, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

9:00 a.m.

Topic 1: Plant and Basic Sciences

Optimize growth of Cannabis plants for desired biochemical traits, Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh (UW, College of Arts and Sciences)

Growing Cannabis for research purposes in a recreationally legal state, Jessica Tonani (Verdabio Inc., Seattle)

Characterization of genome-wide polymorphisms in Cannabis for regulatory and consumer safety purposes, Amit Dhingra (WSU, Horticulture)

Growing Green: using municipal residuals for Cannabis cultivation, Sally Brown (UW, College of the Environment)

10:15 a.m.

Topic 2: Preclinical Sciences

Developing cannabinoid-based treatments for epilepsy, Nephi Stella (UW, School of Medicine)

A tale of two cannabinoids, Ken Mackie (Indiana University, Psychology)

Cannabinoids and pain: Interactions with opioids and implications for treatment, Ben Land (UW, School of Medicine)

Toward a more translationally relevant preclinical model of Cannabis use, Ryan McLaughlin (WSU, Veterinary Medicine)

12:30 p.m.

Topic 3: Clinical Sciences

Intervention and treatment for Cannabis use disorder, Denise Walker (UW, School of Social Work)

Role of the cannabinoid System in lung immunity and repair, William A. Altemeier (UW, School of Medicine)

Cannabis use in the cancer setting, Jesse Fann (UW, School of Medicine)

Evaluating potential Cannabis-drug interactions, Mary Paine (WSU, School of Pharmacy)                                 

2:00 p.m.

Topic 4: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Impact of Cannabis advertisement in vulnerable populations, Bia Carlini (UW, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute)

The Impact of Cannabis on mental health, Michael G. McDonell (WSU, Medical Education and Clinical Sciences)

Six lessons learned from marijuana legalization in Washington State: One researcher’s perspective, Kevin Haggerty (UW, School of Social Work)

Occupational health hazards for Cannabis workers, Christopher Simpson (UW, School of Public Health)

3:14 p.m.

Topic 5: Legal and Policy

Legal status of Cannabis use, sale and research in Washington and other states, Karen Boxx (UW, School of Law)

Tracking social justice and equity outcomes in emerging Cannabis markets, Alexes Harris & Michele Cadigan (UW, Department of Sociology)

Retail Cannabis legalization in the Pacific Northwest: what have we learned about public health outcomes and the role of communities? Julia Dilley (UW, School of Public Health)

Cannabis research and policy implications in Washington, Mary B. Segawa (WA State Liquor Cannabis Board)