Why Cannabis? Why CBD? Why Now?

Lecture | September 11 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Dr. Josh Meisel, Humboldt State University; Martin A. Lee, Project CBD

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Botanical Garden

This talk will examine the factors contributing to the current pro-cannabis cultural shift and the surge of interest in CBD.

About this Event:
Cannabis in Context is a series of talks co-sponsored by the Hearst Museum and the UC Botanical Garden and curated by Eric Siegel, aimed at raising awareness of the multi-faceted life of cannabis in our modern society across cultures. This four-part series will be held every Wednesday in September at the Hearst Museum to complement the current exhibition, Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances and to celebrate the UC Botanical Garden's Year of Ethnobotany.

Join two leading experts in the field for presentations on the changing cultural landscape around cannabis and CBD. Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A led by Eric Siegel.

About the Speakers:
Dr. Josh Meisel is a Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research (www.humboldt.edu/hiimr) at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Based in a bioregion well known for cannabis cultivation, Dr. Meisel’s prior research has generally focused on the sources and implications of efforts to control cannabis. This has included examinations of visual representations of the local cannabis industry, student employment in cannabis related jobs, and news media coverage of cannabis issues. His current research is concerned with reducing harms associated with cannabis edibles as well as assessing recent claims about Mexican drug cartel involvement in cannabis cultivation in California. Dr. Meisel is also co-authoring “The Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Handbook of Cannabis Research” with Dr. Dominic Corva.

Martin A Lee is the director of Project CBD (projectcbd.org), an educational service focusing on cannabis science and therapeutics. Named by High Times as one of the 100 most influential people in cannabis, Lee has written several books, including most recently Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific. He is also co-founder of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) and the co-author of Acid Dreams, a social history of LSD.

About the Moderator:
Eric Siegel, former Director of the University of California Botanical Garden, currently serves as the Project Director for the Music and Health Project at UC Berkeley. Since 1981, Eric has occupied senior roles in art and science museums such as the New York Hall of Science, Bronx Museum, New York Botanical Garden and Wave Hill Botanical Garden. He has taught, consulted, and published extensively in the museum field. Eric holds a degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan, graduated from the CORO Leadership New York program, and holds an MBA in arts administration from SUNY Binghamton. In 2014, Eric was awarded the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Exceptional Leadership in the Field by the Association of Science and Technology Centers.

The Museum’s newly renovated Gallery strives to provide excellence in accessibility for all visitors. The entrance and all exhibit spaces are wheelchair accessible and located on a single floor. Automatic door push-buttons are available at the front entrance. Content is provided at standard heights with all text in large, legible fonts. A variety of furniture is provided throughout the Gallery to provide resting points for all guests. All exhibit cases and displays are cane detectable. Public restrooms are located near the Gallery. With advance notice, we are happy to provide additional support for guests with specific needs. Please email pahma-gallery@berkeley.edu for more info.

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