By Madison Rosenbaum, WSU Tri-Cities communications intern

Craft-80RICHLAND, Wash. – A free, public, research presentation on the effects of cannabis use among men and women will be discussed at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the East Building Auditorium at Washington State University Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.

“Marijuana: medical miracle or evil weed?” will be presented by Rebecca Craft, professor and chair of psychology at WSU Pullman. Her research is the first to demonstrate sex differences in the development of tolerance to THC, the key active ingredient in cannabis.

Nearly half of U.S. states have passed laws permitting the use of medicinal marijuana. Colorado and Washington are the first states to permit legal recreational use of marijuana.

In addition to sex-differences research, the lecture will provide an overview of human and animal research into the medical potential of marijuana relative to the risks of addiction or other drug-induced health problems.

Craft received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1991 in experimental and biological psychology. Her current research focus is on sex differences in the effects of psychoactive drugs.

Her presentation is part of the 2014-15 WSU Tri-Cities College of Arts and Sciences season of events.

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