Substance Abuse Prevention Program
UO Academic Extension

408 Cannabis: Truth & Myth (CPS)

Meeting Date(s): July 22-23, 2017
Meeting Day and Time: Saturday, 2:00-6:50 p.m. and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
Online Date(s): July 24-August 2, 2017
Presenter/Instructor(s): Nigel Wrangham
CRN: 42213
Department: SAPP
Number: 408
Credits: 01
Fee: $168
Grade Option: Pass/No Pass

Many misconceptions and many questions exist about cannabis today. Is it medically beneficial? How do different strains affect the brain and body? Is it addictive or merely habit forming? In this course, students will learn about this increasingly common, if still controversial, substance. Misconceptions (or myths) will be analyzed, deconstructed, and compared with science-based truth. Specifically, students will be guided through discussions on the following cannabis-related topics:

  • The pharmacology of cannabis, including basic neuroscience
  • The physiology of pleasure, reward and craving
  • The legal and social history of cannabis in the United States
  • Medical uses for cannabis
  • Societal approaches to recreation, escape, relaxation and the law
  • The psychology of the ego and its role in substance use
  • The changing legal landscape of cannabis, and its implications for society
  • The fundamentals of substance use, abuse and addiction

Please note: This is a "self-support" course. This self-support fee listed above replaces the cost of regular tuition and is paid regardless of student residency status or total course load. Course fees are subject to change at anytime. For more information on tuition consult the Registrar's Office. Students using financial aid, VA benefits, or other scholarships should review the details of their financial package to confirm that self-support fee courses are covered.