Study Name: Study on Medical Marijuana and its Long-Term Effects in Older Adults

Purpose of the study

This study aims to investigate the health outcomes in older adults with chronic pain by assessing the changes in pain, emotional and physical functioning, quality of life, and aging in those seeking medical marijuana to manage pain as well as those using other methods of pain management.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals 50 years or older
  • Individuals must have been experiencing pain for 3+ months
  • Individuals must have access to a smartphone
  • Individuals who are not currently using medical marijuana

What will happen if I participate?

During the duration of the study, individuals will visit a physician 5 times over a 12 month period. At these times, blood and urine samples will be collected. Participants will also take part in the smartphone surveys as well as the use of FitBit.

Individuals who take part in the study are eligible for $580 in compensation as well as $200 reimbursement for the medical marijuana physician visit, FitBit Charge 5 Fitness Tracker as well as study merchandise!

Contact Information

For more information, reach out by phone to 352-234-4854 or email

Please use the following link to visit the dedicated website for the SMILE study here

Research Team

Principal Investigators: Yan Wang, PhD, Dept. of Epidemiology

Study Coordinator: Lauren Nave,