As opioid and alcohol-related addiction and fatality rates continue to increase nationwide, the search for natural, viable, side-effect and addiction-free alternatives becomes more imperative. With increasing frequency, the research points to cannabis, promising higher rates of efficacy and lower levels of harm than pharmaceutical substitutes.
UC Berkeley’s Amanda Reiman, PhD joins us live to illustrate:
- How cannabis is best suited for this role, through understanding the endocannabinoid system
- How cannabis acts as a substitute for pain medication
- How cannabis acts as a substitute for alcohol
- Where cannabis may not be an effective replacement
- Steps you can take to incorporate cannabis as a substitute
- How to evaluate its benefits and efficacy
- How to deal with social stigma and “Reefer Madness” mindset
- What the latest research says
This class provides valuable insight and solid research to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, health care and substance abuse treatment professionals better understand, discuss and consider how and why to use cannabis as an effective alternative treatment.
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Amanda Reiman is Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance, where she works to develop DPA’s marijuana reform work as it relates to litigation, legislative and initiative drafting, campaign strategy, policy advocacy, media relations, fundraising, and public education in the local, state, federal, and international jurisdictions in which DPA is active. Reiman has conducted numerous studies on the use of marijuana as a treatment for addiction. Reiman regularly presents her research at the conferences of the American Public Health Association, American Psychiatric Association, International Cannabinoid Research Society and the Harm Reduction Coalition.
Reiman served as the first chairwoman of the Medical Cannabis Commission for the City of Berkeley, and currently serves on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission for the city of Oakland.
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