Adrian Devitt-Lee, Project CBD’s chief science writer, is the winner of the Norbert Wiener Award in Mathematics from Tufts University, where he graduated with a MS in Math and a BA in Chemistry. He is the co-author of several articles in peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of Physiology, F1000Research, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, and Physica A. Devitt-Lee’s report on cannabinoid-pharmaceutical interactions was published in Sonoma Medicine. As a R&D intern with Medicinal Genomics, he identified mutations in the CBDA synthase gene in plant varieties. He also performed cell culture, time-lapse microscopy, flow cytometry and RNA extraction on cancer cells as an intern with the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. As a senior research associate with CannaCraft, Inc., Devitt-Lee researched pesticide and solvent safety and provided regulatory input to California government officials. He is currently a chemistry researcher at the University College in London.
The research is in. Scientists have discovered a cure for cannabis addiction — and it turns out to be cannabis! Adrian Devitt-Lee explores how a new JAMA study illustrates a larger problem in the scientific community: Hypothesizing After the Results are Known.
One of the biggest issues with an unregulated drug market is the presence of adulterants. Many of the adulterants found in samples of LSD are potentially lethal - unlike the drug they intend to mimic.
Coroners in Illinois have attributed the death of an infant to the mother’s cannabis use. Given that cannabis use have never been shown to cause a lethal overdose the bar should be quite high for claiming that cannabis was the cause of death. And while their claim is sensational, the details to back it up are sparse.
High cannabis users consistently drive more slowly than those who don’t use. And when users aren’t high, they drive more cautiously and consistently than non-users. Researchers try to make this sound like a bad thing.
The EPA has refused to provide pesticide regulations for the cannabis industry. So states have to create their own regulations by banning and “recommending” the pesticides they deem appropriate. A new study examines batches of cannabis that failed pesticide screening in Oregon.