Puff Puff, Pass? Your Brain on Cannabis

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Taught by Jacqueline-Marie Ferland

Dr. Jacqueline-Marie Ferland is a postdoctoral researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she studies the effects of THC exposure on psychiatric vulnerability. She holds a PhD in neuroscience from the University of British Columbia. In addition to being an academic, she loves communicating science to a broader audience, where the facts can have an impact, and science can be part of the dialogue. On top of being a bona fide nerd, she loves to read and cook.

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Cannabis, marijuana, weed, the ganj. Whatever you call it, legalization of this drug is sweeping the nation and the world. Now a $20 billion industry, it is legal to use cannabis recreationally in 11 states, medically in 33 states, and cannabidiol (CBD) nation-wide.  But is it actually safe to use? Opinions are extremely polarized, with some believing it is a cure-all, and others saying the harms outweigh the good, calling for a continued ban.

Many find themselves in the middle of the divide, asking questions like: How does marijuana actually affect the brain? Are there situations where use is safe? Can CBD actually cure my dog’s arthritis? The good news is that science can give us answers. This class will introduce attendees to the neuroscience of cannabis, covering topics ranging from how cannabis affects the brain, risky side effects, and the weird world of CBD. This casual lecture will allow the audience to learn about the science of weed, and get their questions answered from a real-life neuroscientist.

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