WWU-Cracking the Cannabis Code: How Advances in Cannabis Research Can Improve Medicine & Limit Harm



Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Psychology Joshua Kaplan presents ‘Cracking the Cannabis Code: How Advances in Cannabis Research Can Improve Medicine and Limit Harm’ as part of the CHSS Dean’s Lecture Series.

Kaplan discusses how the cannabis landscape is evolving, leading to more choices for consumers trying to meet their recreational and medicinal needs. He breaks down how cannabis’ different chemicals affect the nervous system and can be optimized for therapeutic purposes. The talk includes research-based insight into strategies for increasing the therapeutic efficacy and reducing adverse effects from cannabis-based treatment approaches.

Kaplan is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University. His postdoctoral research at the University of Washington provided empirical and mechanistic support for the use of cannabis-based therapies in epilepsy and introduced its potential for treating severe forms of autism.

For more information on this lecture please contact Melissa A. Gaines, WWU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, at (360) 650-3763, or Melissa.Gaines@wwu.edu

The College of Humanities and Social Services (CHSS), the university’s largest college, includes the 13 departments of: Anthropology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, English, Health and Human Development, History, Journalism, Liberal Studies, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as three interdisciplinary programs: East Asian Studies, Linguistics, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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