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NCCIH blogs about research developments related to complementary health practices. Check in regularly to keep up with the latest findings.

October 9, 2020

David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

Acting Scientific Director

Division of Intramural Research

Acting Chief

Clinical Investigations Branch

Acting Chief

Pain and Integrative Neuroscience Branch

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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Inna Belfer, M.D., Ph.D.

Inna Belfer, M.D., Ph.D.

Program Director

Basic and Mechanistic Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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Recently, Dr. Helene Langevin, Director of NCCIH, posted a message about an upcoming, all-virtual event, NCCIH Workshop 2020: Exploring the Mechanisms Underlying Analgesic Properties of Minor Cannabinoids and Terpenes. If you are a scientist or potential grant applicant in the field of natural products, especially this group of products, we hope you’ll consider attending.

The workshop is part of the Center’s efforts to support discoveries among novel, nonaddictive, natural products for pain management. Natural products have historically been an important source of novel pain-relieving compounds developed into pharmaceuticals (such as willow bark into aspirin). In addition, much of what we know about pain detection has come from such discoveries that have illuminated the molecular mechanisms, various signaling pathways, and targets responsible for sensory perception of painful stimuli. The cannabis plant has potential pain-relieving properties and is a unique source of phytochemicals, containing more than 100 each of cannabinoids and terpenes, each with its own pharmacology.

The workshop will be livestreamed on Friday, October 23, 2020, from 9:45 a.m. ET to 3 p.m. ET. Its two primary goals are:

  • To convene principal investigators of studies funded by NCCIH on the analgesic properties of minor cannabinoids and terpenes from natural products and the underlying mechanisms, and
  • To discuss current research challenges and opportunities in this topic area.

The agenda is posted online. You may register via Eventbrite (there is no registration fee), and a link to watch will be sent to registrants.

We hope scientists in the field can join us for this event, part of NCCIH’s work to strengthen the evidence regarding the therapeutic potential of cannabis components for pain management. To learn more about NCCIH research funding opportunities, please refer to our Notice of Special Interest: Exploring the Mechanisms Underlying Analgesic Properties of Minor Cannabinoids and Terpenes, number NOT-AT-20-002.

If you have questions about this event or NCCIH funding opportunities for cannabinoids and terpenes, please contact Inna Belfer (

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