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What Is Cannabis Doing to Our Brains?

What Is Cannabis Doing to Our Brains?


Nestled in the Berkeley hills, the UC Botanical Garden contains one of the greatest collections of plants in the world. But one plant you won’t find among its rare and endangered species is cannabis.

Nevertheless, cannabis — and, specifically, its effect on the brain — was the topic of discussion on Feb. 15, part of the garden’s new lecture series on the science of cannabis.

“This is a powerful, complex, and interesting medicine,” David Presti, a neurobiologist, psychologist, and cognitive scientist at UC Berkeley, told the sold-out crowd, which included journalist and author Michael Pollan.

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