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Can weed really prevent COVID-19? Federal rules make marijuana studies hard

Can weed really prevent COVID-19? Federal rules make marijuana studies hard

David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA

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February 14, 2022
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DFCR founder and former president David Nathan is quoted in this article, published in Asbury Park Press, regarding the study of how specific acids found in cannabis might be a useful tool in preventing COVID-19. Article excerpt:

In fact, if you smoke weed, you’ll destroy the CBG-A and CBG-D acids completely. “If you smoke it, if you vape it, if you bake it into something, those compounds are actually gone,” said Dr. David Nathan, a Princeton psychiatrist and founder of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, an advocacy group of medical professionals calling for the end of cannabis prohibition. “This only comes from the raw hemp plant, or you have to specially prepare it for it to make a difference.”

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David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA

David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA

David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA is a psychiatrist, writer, and educator in Princeton NJ. He is the founder of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and served as our first President. Dr. Nathan is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While maintaining a full-time private practice, he serves as Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) and Director of Professional Education at Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH). While serving on the steering committee of New Jersey United For Marijuana Reform (NJUMR.org), Dr. Nathan was surprised by the absence of any national organization to act as the voice of physicians who wish to guide our nation along a well-regulated path to cannabis legalization. This need was the inspiration for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.