“My course is the first course at the Harvard Extension School in which students will learn how to critically examine the science of cannabis and potential health effects it causes.”
Unless you know the history of psychedelics in academia, cannabis and the Ivy League might seem like an unconventional pairing. Yet this fall, some Harvard Extension School students have the option of taking a science course titled “Health Effects of Cannabis.”
Is it a throwback to the ’60s? Hardly. It’s very much part of the moment.
“I think we find ourselves in a unique setting regarding cannabis use in the United States,” Steven Boomhower, instructor of the Harvard course, wrote in an interview with DigBoston.
A toxicologist and psychopharmacologist who has researched the subject for about 10 years, Boomhower describes the course as a serious examination of cannabis and its effects on human health—both therapeutic as well as adverse. The 18 students currently enrolled in the…