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Cannabis Lecture Series


Sundays, 1:30-3:30PM - $20 Member; $25 Non-Member per lecture


Learn more about the plant that has been making news and sparking change across the country. In each lecture, experts will cover a different topic related to cannabis, as well as its connection to people throughout history. Topics include ethnobotany, evolution, horticulture, taxonomy and genetics, and hemp. Join us for one lecture or all. 


March 8: Genetics and Taxonomy

To help demystify Cannabis sativa, Peter Apicella, a plant scientist from the University of Connecticut, aims to answer all your questions surrounding Cannabis origins, differences among varieties, and the specifics of the plant’s chemistry. Peter will debunk myths and misconceptions surrounding the Cannabis species and share questions that the Cannabis industry is asking itself too. Join us for the seminar to learn more about the crop that is on everyone’s mind these days!  



March 15: Horticulture

Cannabis horticulture will cover the basics of growing. Cannabis grows in many different places by many different methodologies. Maggie Kinsella, the director of compliance and marketing for Coyote Cannabis Corporation, will teach participants how to get started using the tools they are most comfortable with to cultivate. She’ll also discuss preservation and storage for maximum benefit.


March 22: Hemp

Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa species, but it’s very different from its counterpart! Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants and can be used in many commercial products like fabric, concrete, and biofuel. Regulations vary across New England states, but farmers are exploring this profitable and ancient crop. Join Chris Motyka, a Vermont Certified Horticulturalist, and faculty member at Vermont Technical College to learn in the ins and outs of hemp!


March 29: Ethnobotany

How does Cannabis make us redefine medicine and better understand our own bodies? For thousands of years, indigenous peoples have turned to plant-based treatments for healing the heart, body, and mind. However, modernized medicine has generally followed a simplified theory of drug development that excludes the complex pharmacology that plants exhibit. In fact, Cannabis became just one of many indigenous plant medicines that began to disappear from Western pharmacopeias. Now, the questions raised by the legalization and commercialization of Cannabis are re-engaging society with fundamental questions around human-plant interactions, which will be explored in this interactive talk, given by co-presenters, John de la Parra, Ph.D., and Ernest Anemone, J.D, both from Harvard University. 


April 5: Evolution

How did cannabis evolve to be the plant we know today? Dr. Monique McHenry, co-director of the cannabis pharmacology course at the University of Vermont Medical School, will take us through the history of cannabis and when it diverged from its ancestors. She’ll discuss common questions, like is cannabis today one species or several?  


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March 8: Genetics and Taxonomy with Peter Apicella, University of Connecticut
Single class scheduled on 3/8/2020 at 1:30PM
March 15: Horticulture with Maggie Kinsella, Coyote Cannabis Corporation
Single class scheduled on 3/15/2020 at 1:30PM
March 22: Hemp with Chris Motyka, Vermont Technical College
Single class scheduled on 3/22/2020 at 1:30PM
March 29: Ethnobotany with John de la Parra, Harvard University Herbaria, and Ernest Anemone, Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum
Single class scheduled on 3/29/2020 at 1:30PM
April 5: Evolution with Monique McHenry, PhD, University of Vermont
Single class scheduled on 4/5/2020 at 1:30PM