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Annual Speaker Series

MONDAY, April 21 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Native AmericanForum BSS 162

"Cannabinoid Medical Science and Political Ecology: Psychoactive Substances and Mental Distress"

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, Ph.D., M.D., Senior Resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center

This presentation provides a portrait of chronic pain management in medical cannabis-using patients as well as their mental distress levels related to being targeted by drug law enforcement. A political ecology of health framework is presented which can help inform our understanding of other contraband psychoactive biota of social and therapeutic import. Dr. Aggarwal will soon begin a clinical fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. His research has been published in a wide range of medical and law related scholarly journals.

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We have just released the special edition on Current Perspectives on Marijuana and Society in the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, co-edited by Professors Ronnie Swartz and Beth Wilson.


HIIMR seeks to improve the economic, social, physical, and environmental health of individuals and communities through the interdisciplinary scientific study of marijuana. Members of HIIMR will: Design, conduct, analyze, and disseminate research, Provide applied expertise to policy makers, researchers, health professionals, businesses, and the media, and Archive and provide access to source materials (raw data, media)

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