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Endocannabinoids are lipid compounds, produced by all of us, that act on cannabinoid (THC) receptors. Their biological activity is similar to that of cannabinoids such as THC found in marijuana plants (Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica). Endocannabinoids are lipid metabolites with global homeostatic activities. They regulate all of our body systems. Therefore, we will touch on many aspects of biology including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, neurology and molecular biology. The thread that will run throughout the course will be far from equilibrium thermodynamics and its applications to biological systems. Using these physical concepts, we will examine life/death, and health/illness and how social, politcal and economic principles all emerge from the underlying physics, and the roles that endocannabinoids and medical marijuana play in these processes.
Prerequisites: Cell Biology or permission of instructor
GRADING: Grades will be based on class presentations, class attendance/participation and grading of presentations made by fellow students based on this rubric. You must submit, by email, your evaluation withing 1 week of your classmate's presentation, and you must include the presenters name in the subject line of the email for your evaluation to be considered.
Click on the picture to see an video interview with a medical marijuana patient. Viewing these are streaming files that require a free Quicktime Viewer The viewer is available for both Apple and Microsoft operating systems, for free, at on the Apple Quicktime site.
Holistic Biochemistry of Cannabinoids 2004, by Robert Melamede, PhD
Sandra Mann Show 6/13/05 Colorado Springs Public Access show discussing marijuana prohibition
Montel Williams Show 9/21/04 Montel suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. He interviews a variety of medical users and government officials
My testimony before the New Hampshire Health Committee in 2000 when they were considering medical marijuana legislation.
Below are audio files of lectures on Medical Marijuana and Health that I have given to the indicated groups. Listening to these files requires a free Quicktime Viewer that is available for both Apple and Microsoft operating systems, on the Apple Quicktime site.
Biobits InDepth: The Science of Medical Marijuana Listen to this podcast http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu/podcasts/mp3/bbmarijuana060113.mp3
Dean Becker Show Discussion of Marijuana vs THC, use of vaporizers, etc.
Streaming audio of talk given at Hayward Ca., Safe Acess Now 12/2003
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is responsible for issuing medical marijuana permits