Cannabis Awareness Week – New University


by: Ryan Mikeala Nguyen

UCI’s Center for the Study of Cannabis hosted a Cannabis Awareness Week from Oct. 1 to Oct. four in conjunction with the UCI College of Medicine exactly where they held educational talks, a “Reefer Madness (1936)” film screening and set up an “Understanding Cannabis” booth on Ring Road.

The investigation center, situated in the Gillespie Neuroscience Study Facility, was produced in 2016 by Dr. Daniele Piomelli, Director of the UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis

The center’s primary aim is to educate students and the public on the misconceptions and stigma of cannabis. They also strive for factual primarily based investigation to study the way cannabis plants can be successfully utilized. The primary investigation point that the center has been focusing on is the “Impact of Cannabinoids Across the Lifespan (ICAL).” 

“The ultimate aim would be just possessing an proof-primarily based empirical strategy to cannabis, what ever that may possibly be. It need to be primarily based on information and science not on stigma and on perceptions. So, this investigation will hopefully shed a lot of clarity on exactly where cannabis is applicable medicinally, which populations need to prevent cannabis—whatever scientific know-how we accumulate hopefully need to reflect in sensible policy,” UCI health-related student Mahan Naeim stated. 

Professor of Psychological Brain Sciences Andrea Hohmann, Ph.D. presented a speak about this investigation point named “Accelerating Options to the Opioid Epidemic by Targeting the Endocannabinoid System” on Oct. four at the UCI College of Medicine for the duration of Cannabis Awareness Week. 

Presently in California, adults 21 or older can use, carry and develop cannabis. Getting medicinal cannabis devoid of a valid physician’s recommendation or a county-issued health-related marijuana ID card has been legal given that Jan. 1, 2018. Due to the fact of the rising prevalence of cannabis, the center conducts investigation on the effects of cannabis in Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, discomfort relief, metabolism and dosage.

The center’s “Understanding Cannabis” booth was set up close to Humanities Hall and had a VR tour of the investigation center. Fliers from the California Cannabis Wellness Data Initiative have been offered to additional educate on cannabis penalties as effectively.

The center plans to implement the investigation they locate to assist discover drug policy. Musician Gabe Rosales, an advocate for criminal justice and reform policy, hopes to deliver the truth and details of cannabis rather than the mainstream view of cannabis and its usage.  

“The issue is that there are so a lot of cultural norms that individuals just accept the quick truth, the pseudoscience that is involved with it, as opposed to actual proof-primarily based practices and investigation that shows what precisely is taking place with cannabis,” Rosales stated. “For me, finding the proof and the investigation to back the policy modifications and to have a extra sustainable atmosphere. Not only will [the center’s research] assist address the stigma, we’ll have actual health-related details.” 

The center and their representatives want to lower the stigma of cannabis and alternatively concentrate on the researchable elements of cannabis—both fantastic rewards and negative effects.  

“We attempt to assist students have an understanding of the investigation becoming completed at UCI,”  Cannabis Educator and Outreach Improvement Intern Jared Agins stated. ”In today’s society, everyone thinks cannabis is cool or has a well being [benefit], like it is fantastic for you and that is a misconception. So, we want to attempt to give students fantastic details from an educational strategy when at the similar time have them have an understanding of that there may possibly be some rewards.” 

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