Marijuana as medicine


CORVALLIS, Ore. — While marijuana has a long history of cultivation, consumption and regulation, scientists are still learning how the plant’s compounds behave in the human body.

At the June 6 Corvallis Science Pub, Jane Ishmael will provide an overview of what is known about the chemicals in marijuana and how they affect health.

Ishmael is an associate professor in the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy and a member of a task force authorized in 2015 by the state legislature to study the medical and public health properties of cannabis.

In her own research, she studies the potential for natural products to treat cancers, such as glioblastoma, a difficult-to-treat form of brain cancer. She and others in her lab work with organisms identified from around the world, including Indonesia, Panama, the Red Sea and South Africa, by Oregon State scientists.

The Science Pub is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

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