Marijuana: Lighting up the World of the Cannabinoids

‘Marijuana isn’t addictive, right?’ A cloud of mystery surrounds marijuana, a popular drug that is becoming more availabe in the United States. Marijuana is very different from other drugs; to illustrate this and to understand what’s really going on, we will journey through the world of endocannabinoids (the body’s natural THC). We will also explore the use of marijuana and the synthetic cannabinoids. Come and have all your burning questions answered!

Tricia Hardt Smith, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Faculty, Department of Biology
Dr. Tricia Hardt Smith is a faculty member in the Biology Department of the Virginia Commonwealth University and loves drugs! She is the creator and instructor of the ‘Biology of Drugs’ course which has received rave student reviews since its inception in 2014. In addition, she is the director of the Molecular Capstone Laboratory course and teaches Cellular and Molecular Biology. Dr. Smith’s previous research focused primarily on drugs of abuse and has included the electrophysiological effects of morphine on enteric neurons and the effects of protein interactions on the cannabinoid (CB1) receptor.


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