We are cannabis scientists and experts, specialising in psychopharmacology (human behaviour), neuroscience, chemistry and drug policy. Cannabis use is more popular than ever, and we are here to clear the smoke. Ask us anything!
Hi Reddit! We are Dilara, Sam, Tom and Rhys and we are a group of cannabis and cannabinoid experts specialising in pharmacology, psychology, neuroscience, chemistry and drug policy.
A recent post about a study, led by Tom, investigating the effects of vaporised THC and CBD on driving gained quite some attention on Reddit and scrolling through the comments was an eye-opening experience. We were excited by the level of interest and engagement people had but a little bit concerned by some of the conversation.
With cannabis use becoming legalised in more places around the world and its use increasing, understanding the effects of cannabis (medical or recreational) has never been more important.
There’s a lot of misinformation floating around and we are here to provide evidence-based answers to your questions and clear the smoke!
I work in medicinal chemistry, which is the branch of chemistry dealing with the design, synthesis, and biological activity of new drugs. I have worked on numerous drug discovery campaigns at The University of Sydney and Stanford University, aiming to develop new treatments for everything from substance abuse, to chronic pain, to epilepsy. I also study the chemistry and pharmacology of psychoactive substances (find me lurking in r/researchchemicals).
I’ve published about 80 scientific articles, been awarded patents, and my work has been cited by a number of government agencies including the World Health organization, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Aspects of my work have been covered by The New York Times, The Verge, and I’ve appeared on Planet Money
I’m extremely interested in communicating chemical concepts to the general public to improve scientific literacy, and I’m a regular contributor to The Conversation. Scientific communication is especially important in the medical cannabis space where misinformation is often propagated due to distrust of the medical establishment or “Big Pharma”.
This is my first AMA (despite being a long-time Reddit user) and I hope to answer any and all of your questions about cannabis, the cannabinoid system, and chemistry. Despite what your jaded high-school chemistry teacher had you believe, chemistry is actually the coolest science! (Shout-out to my homeboy Hamilton Morris for making chemistry sexy again!)
- Thomas (Tom) Arkell, PhD, u/dr_thoriark
I am a behavioral pharmacologist which means that I study how drugs affect human behavior. I have always been interested in cannabis for its complexity as a plant and its social and cultural history.
I recently received my PhD from the University of Sydney. My doctoral thesis was made up of several clinical investigations into how THC and CBD affect driving performance and related cognitive functions such as attention, processing speed and response time. I have a strong interest in issues around road safety and roadside drug testing as well as medical cannabis use more generally.
I am here because there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to cannabis! This is a great opportunity to change this by providing accurate and evidence-based answers to any questions you have may have.
I recently received my PhD in pharmacology from the University of Sydney. I am a neuroscientists and pharmacologist, and my PhD research investigated the endocannabinoid system (the biological system that cannabis interacts with) for the treatment of Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of childhood epilepsy.
During my PhD I developed a passion for science communication through teaching and public speaking. I got a real thrill from interacting with curious minds – able to share all the cool science facts, concepts and ideas – and seeing the illumination of understanding and wonder in their eyes. It’s a pleasure to help people understand a little more about the world they live in and how they interact with it.
I now communicate and educate on the topic of medicinal cannabis to both health professionals and everyday people, working for the Lambert Initiative at the University of Sydney and Bod Australia a cannabis-centric healthcare company.
With an eye constantly scanning the social media platforms of medical cannabis users, I could see there was a lot of misinformation being shared broadly and confidently. I’m here because I wanted to create a space where cannabis users, particularly to those new to medical cannabis and cannabis-naïve, could ask their questions and be confident that they’ll be receiving evidence-backed answers.
I have been working in medicinal cannabis since 2016 as a commercial consultant, journalist and social scientist. I am also broadly interested in drug law reform and economic sociology. I am currently the editor-at-large for Cannabiz and a Masters student (sociology) at the University of Macquarie where I am researching the political history of medicinal cannabis legalisation in Australia. I’m here because I want to provide accurate, honest information on cannabis.
Here is our proof: https://twitter.com/DilaraB_PhD/status/1362148878527524864
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Edit: 9:25 AEDT / 5:25 ET we are signing off to go to work but please keep posting your questions as we will continue to check the feed and answer your questions :)