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January 23, 2019

Public Lecture: Dr. Bruce McKay on the psychological and biological effects of cannabis

On October 17, 2018, after a century of prohibition, cannabis was legalized in Canada. This lecture will begin to answer the following questions:

Why was cannabis criminalized (what is “reefer madness”)?
What are the short-term and longer-term effects of cannabis use?
How does cannabis work in the brain?
What’s the difference between eating cannabis and smoking cannabis?
Why isn’t it possible to lethally overdose on cannabis?
What are the medicinal uses of cannabis?
What are the new provincial and national laws about cannabis?
And finally, what are the anticipated outcomes of cannabis legalization?

Dr. Bruce McKay is a senior advisor in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic at Laurier. In addition, Dr. McKay is a professor in the Department of Psychology where he teaches neuroscience and pharmacology courses and researches topics including recreational drug use in university students and mechanisms by which psychoactive drugs affect brain functions.

Free; open to the public but registration is recommended.

Wednesday, January 23

7 to 9 p.m.

Paul Martin Centre
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Ave W, Waterloo

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