The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome
Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, University at Albany
for a public lecture entitled
The Unparalleled Evils of Cannabis
Thursday, January 16, 2020
12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Confusion about cannabis abounds. Data from my lab and others suggest that the plant is neither the heinous generator of all ills nor the magical panacea that many assert. Purported links to troubles, including addiction, neuropsychological deficits, respiratory illness, and mental health problems are likely smaller than media would suggest or easily sidestepped with simple interventions. In contrast, medical effects of the plant or its derivatives, especially for cannabidiol, are comparably exaggerated or easily achieved with less expensive products. I will also report recent work suggesting that demands for abstinence might prove ill-advised and an alternative approach to safe use has considerable potential.