Cannabis is topic of next Clarkson University Science Café, Feb. 25 in Canton, Feb. 26 in Potsdam
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 1:35 pm

POTSDAM – Cannabis will be the featured topic of the next Clarkson University Science Café.

“Cannabis Unchained,” with Ann McLaughlin, certified cannabis caregiver, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Canton at the Best Western University Inn’s Rushton Room, 90 E. Main St. at 7:15. The session will be held again Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam at 7:15 p.m.

Cannabis has been part of the pharmacopoeia for millennia, said a press release from Clarkson.

Only in the last 80 years, has it been demonized and effectively outlawed. Yet, in the face of criminalization, cannabis use persists.

In this discussion, McLaughlin will explain new findings and what we know about the structure and function of over 100 cannabis compounds, known as "phytocannabinoids,” the role they play in maintaining homeostasis in humans and animals, and how they contribute to physiological, psychological, social, and behavioral effects.

Science Cafes bring together local university and college professors and townspeople in relaxed, informal settings, such as coffeehouses and pubs.

The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field and then opens up the floor to discussion.