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 analysis center, positioned in the Gillespie Neuroscience Study Facility, was developed in 2016 by Dr. Daniele Piomelli, Director of the UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis

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

“The ultimate objective would be just obtaining an proof-primarily based empirical strategy to cannabis, what ever that might be. It need to be primarily based on information and science not on stigma and on perceptions. So, this analysis will hopefully shed a lot of clarity on exactly where cannabis is applicable medicinally, which populations need to steer clear of cannabis—whatever scientific understanding we accumulate hopefully need to reflect in sensible policy,” UCI healthcare student Mahan Naeim stated. 

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

Presently in California, adults 21 or older can use, carry and develop cannabis. Getting medicinal cannabis with no a valid physician’s recommendation or a county-issued healthcare marijuana ID card has been legal due to the fact Jan. 1, 2018. Since of the escalating prevalence of cannabis, the center conducts analysis 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 analysis center. Fliers from the California Cannabis Overall health Info Initiative had been provided to additional educate on cannabis penalties as nicely.

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

“The issue is that there are so numerous cultural norms that individuals just accept the instant truth, the pseudoscience that is involved with it, as opposed to actual proof-primarily based practices and analysis that shows what precisely is taking place with cannabis,” Rosales stated. “For me, acquiring the proof and the analysis to back the policy alterations and to have a far more sustainable atmosphere. Not only will [the center’s research] aid address the stigma, we’ll have actual healthcare information.” 

The center and their representatives want to lower the stigma of cannabis and rather concentrate on the researchable elements of cannabis—both very good positive aspects and negative effects.  

“We attempt to aid students have an understanding of the analysis getting completed at UCI,”  Cannabis Educator and Outreach Improvement Intern Jared Agins stated. ”In today’s society, everyone thinks cannabis is cool or has a overall health [benefit], like it is very good for you and that is a misconception. So, we want to attempt to give students very good details from an educational strategy when at the identical time have them have an understanding of that there might be some positive aspects.” 

For far more details about the UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis, go to http://cannabis.uci.edu/.