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The Cannabis Question

As state-legalized cannabis spreads, NOVA investigates the latest scientific evidence for its potential benefits and risks, and how criminalization has disproportionately harmed communities of color.

The Cannabis Question

53m 32s

As state-legalized cannabis spreads, NOVA investigates the latest scientific evidence for its potential benefits and risks, and how criminalization has disproportionately harmed communities of color.

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    The Cannabis Question Preview

    S48 E11 - 30s

    As state-legalized cannabis spreads, NOVA investigates the latest scientific evidence for its potential benefits and risks, and how criminalization has disproportionately harmed communities of color.

  • What is the Endocannabinoid System?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What is the Endocannabinoid System?

    S48 E11 - 3m 49s

    THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, binds to receptors in and outside of the brain, causing cells to behave differently. Cannabinoid receptors, named after cannabis, are found in nearly every organ of the human body.

  • A Veteran's Story of Medical Cannabis Use and Arrest: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Veteran's Story of Medical Cannabis Use and Arrest

    S48 E11 - 5m 34s

    To manage his post-traumatic stress after serving in Iraq, Sean Worsley got a medical cannabis card in Arizona. Then he and his wife were charged with possession in Alabama, which changed the course of their lives.

  • How Cannabis Affects Teens' Brains: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Cannabis Affects Teens' Brains

    S48 E11 - 3m 28s

    To understand the effects cannabis has on the function and development of adolescents' brains, a clinical psychologist performs brain scans on teenagers that use the drug and those that don't.

  • CBD Helps Anxiety Patients in a Clinical Trial: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    CBD Helps Anxiety Patients in a Clinical Trial

    S48 E11 - 3m 4s

    Are the chemical compounds found in cannabis, including CBD, a potential treatment for reducing anxiety? Here's what one clinical study is finding—and the story of one of its patients.

  • Why is Researching Cannabis so Hard?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why is Researching Cannabis so Hard?

    S48 E11 - 3m 39s

    Cannabis is labeled as a Schedule 1 drug—the same category as heroin and LSD—and, despite being legal in many states, is illegal on a federal level.

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