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Arizona Edition: Pain, Addiction, and Research on Cannabis

Arizona Edition

Arizona researchers are expanding the base of knowledge about the cannabis plant and its potential medical benefits.

Dr. Todd Vanderah is interim director of University of Arizona Health Sciences Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center. Dr. Vanderah talks about research on the cannabis plant and what has changed since passage of medical and recreational marijuana use laws.

With over 500 chemical compounds in a the cannabis plant, Vanderah says only a few have been studied with any vigor. We'll hear about what makes the plant unique and its potential as an alternative to opioids in pain management.

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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