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Cannabis: Pleasure, Madness and Medicine

Date: 13th December 2016 (Tuesday)
Price: FREE for all
Location: AV Hill LT, Medical Sciences Building, UCL
Speaker: Prof Val Curran, Prof of Psychopharmacology

Abstract:
Cannabis has been used throughout history for its medicinal as well as its pleasurable effects. However the vast majority of scientific research on cannabis to date has focused on mental health harms – ‘madness’ - rather than pleasure or medicinal use. Cannabis contains over 70 unique ingredients we call ‘cannabinoids’ and levels of these vary widely in different types of cannabis. How does this variation influence the effects of the drug? What do we know of our brains’ own natural (endogenous) cannabis system? And why are some individuals more vulnerable than others to experiencing mental health problems related to cannabis use? In this talk I shall address these questions and ask what implications our increasing scientific understanding of cannabis has for current debates about medicalization and legalisation.

Earlier Event: December 9
The Polar Express: Christmas Ball