Let's talk about drugs (Dr. Evan Wood)

From marijuana’s potential benefits for HIV patients to MDMA and LSD’s healing potential for people suffering from PTSD, depression and other psychological disorders UBC scientists are doing more and more research pointing into the world of illicit drugs.

But speaking to researchers who have spent their careers trying to fill in the knowledge gaps in drugs like marijuana, psychedelics and heroin, two challenges continue to stand as imposing roadblocks: money and stigma.

“[It’s] a line of scientific inquiry that’s essentially laid dormant for decades,” UBC professor Evan Wood, a Canada Research Chair in Inner City Medicine, told the Ubyssey. “There’s been a small, committed group of scientists internationally that have slowly been trying to keep this area of science alive.”

Moira Warburton reports.

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