The Science of Cannabis: The Neuroscience of Cannabis

Thursday February 15

6:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

How does Cannabis affect our brain, mind, and behavior?  The subjective experiences, therapeutic uses, and potential for abuse associated with Cannabis are related to the plant’s complex botanical chemistry and the impact of this chemistry on body and psyche.

 

David Presti is a neurobiologist, psychologist, and cognitive scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1991.  David also worked for ten years as a clinical psychologist in the treatment of addiction and of post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco.  He holds doctorates in molecular biology and biophysics from the California Institute of Technology and in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon.   Since 2004, he has been teaching neuroscience to Tibetan monks and nuns in India (and most recently, Bhutan), as part of a contemporary dialogue between science and religion initiated by the Dalai Lama. His areas of expertise include human neurobiology and neurochemistry, the effects of drugs on the brain and the mind, the treatment of addiction, and the scientific study of mind and consciousness.

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