Why and How Medical Cannabis Helps Treat a Range of Illnesses—Maybe All of Them
A Virtual Conversation with Cheryl Pellerin, author of Healing with Cannabis
Wednesday, September 16, 7 pm ET on Zoom
With cannabis approved in 14 states (including the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories), medical cannabis approved in at least 35 states, and hemp (very-low-THC cannabis) off the controlled substances list, millions now treat their ills with medical cannabis or non-intoxicating cannabinoids like CBD. But lots of them don’t know why or how cannabis works in the body.
On Wednesday, September 16, Science Writers in New York invites you to join us on Zoom for a conversation with SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) and Cheryl Pellerin, author of Healing with Cannabis: The Evolution of the Endocannabinoid System and How Cannabinoids Help Relieve PTSD, Pain, MS, Anxiety, and More (published August 4 by Skyhorse Publishing).
Healing with Cannabis informs readers about an ancient biological system newly discovered in every vertebrate on the planet—the endocannabinoid system. This system is the only reason cannabis works in the body, and it’s why cannabis is effective in a broad range of disorders.
Healing with Cannabis explains the surprising reasons evolution conserved the endocannabinoid system over a billion years and tells specifically how cannabis has positive effects on some of society’s most devastating illnesses, including neurodegenerative diseases, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, movement disorders, cancer and chemotherapy, and addiction.
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Cheryl Pellerin’s work has focused on the emerging science of medical cannabis and psychedelic medicine. She has also written about volcanology, infectious diseases, climate change, space science, biotechnology and natural disasters. She has a bachelor of science degree (cum laude) in science journalism from the University of Maryland College Park (1987). She worked for the State Department writing about international science and technology and the Defense Department writing about military technology and research. She has also worked with producers at the Discovery Channel, writing about a range of scientific topics for documentaries and television programs.
In 2011, Cheryl contributed to a feature-length film from the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership called Inside Story, which combined film stars, football and science to educate millions across sub-Saharan Africa about HIV/AIDS. In 1998 she published her first book, TRIPS: How Hallucinogens Work in Your Brain.
Wednesday, September 16
7 to 8 pm ET