NeuroGeeks’ pub talk to explore marijuana’s effects on the brain

This is your brain. This is your brain on marijuana. Got questions?

It’s not exactly a repeat of the classic 1987 public service announcement by Partnership for A Drug-Free America, but Portland’s NeuroGeeks group will host “Marijuana and The Brain,” a Nov. 8 pub talk exploring the impact of marijuana use on the human brain and body.  The event will get underway at 6 p.m. at Alberta Street Pub, 1036 N.E. Alberta St.

NeuroGeeks is a Portland group dedicated to "bringing people together to learn about the brain and build a brain-loving community," according to the group's website. Freeimages.com

NeuroGeeks is a Portland group dedicated to “bringing people together to learn about the brain and build a brain-loving community,” according to the group’s website. Freeimages.com

It’s a timely topic, with legal sales of recreational marijuana going into effect in Oregon Oct. 1.

The event’s speaker will be Adam Privitera, a psychology instructor from Salem’s Chemeketa Community College. He’ll cover how the drug induces a high in users, the long-term effects of casual and chronic smoking, and what the latest research says about those effects.

You’ll have the chance to pepper Privitera with questions, meet other brain and neuroscience enthusiasts in a casual academic setting, and perhaps partake of some craft beer and pub grub.

Admission is $5 at the door, with all ages welcome until 9 p.m. The craft beers, of course, will be limited to those age 21 and older.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
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