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Cannabis as an Orchestra of Components for a Multitude of Conditions

Presented by Dr Dedi Meiri

About this module:

This learning module presents an overview of medicinal cannabis by one of Israel’s leading experts, Dr David (Dedi) Meiri. Dr Meiri explores the endocannabinoid system and the many constituents of cannabis, and shares some of his research findings including evidence of specificity of cannabis cultivars in relation to cancer cells, and demonstrating the concept of polypharmacy in relation to cannabis.

This learning module is suitable for healthcare practitioners and those with a background in biomedical science. 
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the key components of Cannabis sativa including key therapeutic actions.
  • Explain some of the history of medicinal cannabis use in different cultures.
  • Compare and contrast the mechanisms of action of THC and CBD.
  • Describe common conditions that people are using medicinal cannabis for.
  • Explain some of the safety aspects associated with CBD and THC. 

Dr Dedi Meiri

Assistant Professor Dedi Meiri heads the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Cannabinoid Research at the Faculty of Biology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he is also a member of the Technion Integrated Cancer Center (TICC).
Dr. Meiri comes from a highly diverse scientific background. He holds an M.Sc. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in plant biotechnology from Tel Aviv University. He conducted his post-doctoral fellowship at the Ontario Cancer institute.

Presently, Dr. Meiri’s lab investigates the vast therapeutic potential of cannabinoids and other bioactive components in various species of cannabis, as well as endogenous cannabinoids from the human body. The lab’s current research interest is how these naturally occurring metabolites affect various types of cancer, inflammatory diseases and disorders of the nervous system such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and others. The lab consists of a highly trained team of skilled professionals and students, working in synergy to achieve the highest level of results, to better understand the complexity and diversity of cannabis and other natural components, and realize their full therapeutic potential for human health. 
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