Project CBD is a California-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting and publicising research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant. They provide educational services for physicians, patients, industry professionals, and the general public.
Project CBD was conceived in 2010 by two journalists who had been covering the medical marijuana story—the science, the movement and the industry—in the pages of O’Shaughnessy’s, the journal of cannabis in clinical practice. They felt that the reintroduction of CBD-rich cannabis into the grassroots supply merited special attention. The serendipitous reappearance of whole plant CBD in Northern California in 2009 has given doctors and patients a unique opportunity to evaluate the effects of cannabidiol.
Martin A. Lee is the director of Project CBD and the author of several books, including Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational and Scientific and Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond. He was also a co-founder of the media watch group FAIR.
Project CBD co-founder Fred Gardner served on the editorial board of Scientific American. He was managing editor of Synapse, the UCSF (University of California San Francisco) weekly, and public information officer for the District Attorney of San Francisco. Since 2003 he has edited O’Shaughnessy’s, the journal of cannabis in clinical practice.
- Updates doctors and patients on developments in cannabis science, therapeutics and political economy.
- Supports the efforts of physicians and other researchers to collect, aggregate, and publish data from patients to determine patterns of CBD efficacy—or lack of efficacy.
- Conducts training workshops for health workers and dispensary staff on the benefits and challenges of CBD-rich therapeutics and ways to maximise interactions with patients.
- Maintains a CBD Locator Map to highlight storefronts and delivery services that provide high quality CBD-rich medicine.
- Publishes a free online newsletter and co-produces Cannabis Conversations, an educational video series.
- Reviews and reports on CBD-rich strains and products.
- Refutes the slander that medical marijuana is “a front for stoners.”
They emphasise CBD not to privilege one cannabinoid compound over another but to challenge the idea that cannabis equals THC. THC is a remarkable molecule in its own right, but THC is not the whole plant, and neither is CBD. Project CBD defends and supports whole plant cannabis therapeutics.