Brains 101 and Cannabis' Potential Role in the Opioid Crisis
Time & Location
About The Event
Happy May Cannabis Professionals!
This month, I'm excited to feature Dr. Tristan Watkins presenting on Brains 101- how they work, what addiction is, and how Cannabis could potentially play a role in the Opioid Crisis.
Dr. Tristan Watkins is a neuroscientist that studies how terpenes and cannabinoids interact with the nervous system and applies this knowledge to creating cannabis formulas that deliver distinct and consistent effects.
He initially focused on the clinical aspects of drug addiction and reward-driven behaviors – utilizing neuroimaging tools (e.g. fMRI, PET). In this time, he discovered altered neural areas during cognitive tasks in ecstasy (MDMA) users and neurobehavioral changes in drug craving in cannabis users. Using the same principles of addiction and reward-driven behaviors, Dr. Watkins designed a study to examine the neurobehavioral correlates of obesity. The results revealed maladaptive behavioral and neurological components of disgust in obese individuals.
His cannabis research began as a passion project during graduate school at Vanderbilt University, where he researched reward system activation in cannabis users and how changes in brain structure and function lead to changes in cognition and behavior - publishing six papers in the process.
Dr. Watkins currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer of LucidMood, the leading brand of functional cannabis products.
6:30-7:00: Arrival and Networking
7:00- 7:15: Welcome and Announcements
7:15-7:45: Dr. Watkins' Presentation
7:45-8:00: Q & A
8:00-8:30: Individual Introductions
8:30-9:00: Open Networking
Once again, we will be at the Boulder Riverside (http://www.boulderriverside.com/) at 6:30pm. There is no Cannabis consumption allowed at this event, so please respect our lovely venue.
This meetup is free and open to the public, so feel free to bring anyone you think might be curious about the Cannabis industry, learn something, or otherwise benefit from this meetup or topic!
Parking is available and free after 7pm in the small lot on the North West corner of Arapahoe and Broadway next to Mustard's Last Stand. Additional parking can be found in the Boulder Public Library parking lot a couple blocks west on Arapahoe past Broadway.
Thank you everyone and I'm looking forward to seeing you at this event!