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The Science of Cannabis

Separate fact from fiction.

A collaborative program involving the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, and McMaster Continuing Education

Instructors

The Science of Cannabis program takes advantage of faculty expertise from the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research and the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research. Participants will have first-hand exposure to all different avenues of cannabis research and the will benefit from the ongoing science underway at each centre. 

Fundamentals of Cannabis Science

headshot of Dr. Michael Amlung, Assistant Professor at McMaster University

Dr. Michael Amlung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. He is a faculty scientist with the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research (PBCAR) and the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, both at McMaster. He received a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri. He earned an Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Georgia. 

Dr. Amlung’s research focuses on the psychological and neurobiological basis of addictive disorders, with a major emphasis on alcohol and cannabis misuse. He is interested in how people make choices about different rewards, including addictive substances, and changes in behavior in response to internal and external influences (such as stress, negative emotions, and drug-related stimuli and cues). Dr. Amlung leads a team of graduate and undergraduate students in his research laboratory at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Hospital.

Dr. Amlung’s teaching interests include undergraduate and graduate-level courses in neuroscience, psychology, and addictions. Dr. Amlung is committed to providing an inclusive and stimulating learning experience in his courses in which students are encouraged to challenge stigma and misconceptions around addictions and mental health disorders. His courses also emphasize the human element of these disorders. He is especially excited about the launching of the Science of Cannabis certificate and teaching the Foundations of Cannabis Science in the Health Context course for the program.

 

Risks & Harms of Cannabis
headshot of Dr. Iris Balodis, Assistant Professor at McMaster University

Dr. Iris M. Balodis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and a faculty associate with the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.

She is a core member of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research as well as Director of the Integrated Neuroscience of Motivation and Change (IN-MaC) Laboratory.

Her overall research program covers different aspects of reward and stress processing across various at-risk populations. This includes substance-based disorders, such as cannabis or alcohol use disorders, non-substance based disorders, including gambling disorder, as well as other disorders characterized by problems with impulse control, such as binge eating disorder.

 

Therapeutic Applications of Cannabisheadshot of Dr. Jason Busse, Associate Professor at McMaster University

Jason Busse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University, and has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications with a focus on chronic pain, cannabis, opioids, and methodological research. He is the Associate Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.

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