Science Pub Covers Medical Marijuana

MarijuanaOn Monday, June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. our local Science Pub will be hosting another public discussion, this time on the topic of medical marijuana. The panel plans to shed light on the plant’s benefits and how it interacts with cells and systems in the human body—how marijuana is metabolized and its relation to appetite and pain perception.

Speaker Jane Ishmael is an associate professor at the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, and a member of a task force authorized in 2015 by the State Legislature to study the medical and public health properties of cannabis. As a pharmacologist, Ishmael’s research focuses on brain cancer.

When asked what the connection was between her personal brain research and marijuana, Ishmael responded that there was no direct connection, but that she studies “other kinds of natural products to understand weaknesses in cancer cells.”

“We hope this will eventually inspire new drug development to treat brain tumors,” Ishmael elaborated.

During the panel, Ishmael will touch on the current hurdles in the medical marijuana industry, such as lasting stigma and marijuana’s association with lethargy. Other topics will include scientific effects for users, the plant’s history, and other integral bits of knowledge.

Science Pub’s “Marijuana as Medicine” discussion is free and open to the public, and will be held Monday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd Street, Corvallis. The meeting will include a brief quiz followed by Ishmael speaking for about 45 minutes.

By Kelsey Murray