Symposium and Workshop Sessions
Invited Session: Beyond Delta-9-THC: The Blossoming of Minor Cannabinoids
Sunday, June 12, 4:30-6:00 PM | Minneapolis ABC
The cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa/indica) has long been used for medicinal purposes. In addition to its major psychoactive constituent delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)], cannabis contains over 100 phytocannabinoids as well as over 500 other identified chemicals, including the terpenoids that give cannabis its distinctive flavoring and aroma. The degree to which these minor plant constituents contribute to the psychoactive and medicinal effects of cannabis is under active investigation. The speakers in this symposium will provide an overview of their work with selected minor cannabinoids, ranging from molecular pharmacology to preclinical studies and clinical trials.
Speakers: Jenny Wiley (Chair), Inna Belfer (Co-Chair) (NIH/NIAAA), Sara Jane Ward (Temple University), Yasmin Hurd (Mount Sinai), Staci Gruber (Harvard Medical School)
Symposium Presentation Topics:
- NCCIH Programmatic Priorities and Funding Related to Minor Cannabinoids (Belfer)
- Minor Phytocannabinoid Interactions With CB1 and CB2 Receptors (Wiley)
- Evaluation of Analgesic and Protective Effects of Minor Cannabinoids in Animal Models (Ward)
- Translating Cannabidiol for Opioid Use Disorder and Related Phenotypes (Hurd)
- A Major Role for Minor Cannabinoids? Examining Real World Products from Medical Cannabis Patients (Gruber)
The Importance of Gender, Culture and Intersectional Issues in Substance Use Interventions: Lessons in Health Disparity Research in South Africa and the U.S.
Monday, June 13, 10:00-11:30 AM | Minneapolis ABC
There is a dearth of evidence-based interventions that explicitly address substance use for populations of African descent. Moreover, evidence has shown that interventions that are intersectional and more comprehensive have greater impact with substance use outcomes. The specific aims of the symposium are to (1) share the stages of intervention research and lessons learned conducting NIH-funded cross-cultural and global collaborative research, including community and youth advisory boards and key populations who use substances, and (2) present the process and outcome evaluation data from evidence-based substance use interventions for young women, women who are pregnant and couples of African descent.
Speakers: Felicia Browne (Chair), Wendee Wechsberg (Co-Chair) Tara Carney, Yukiko Washio
Moderator: Courtney Bonner
Symposium Presentation Topics:
- The Importance of Gender, Culture and Intersectional Issues in Substance Use Interventions: Lessons in Health Disparity Research in South Africa and the U.S. (Wechsberg)
- Intervening With Teens in the Cape Flats in South Africa Who Use Alcohol and Other Drugs and Report Other Risk Behaviors: What Works? (Wechsberg)
- Outcomes From a Randomized Trial Reaching Young African American Women Who Use Drugs and Alcohol (Browne)
- Multilevel Strategies for Young Couples Who Use Alcohol & Other Drugs in Cape Town, South Africa: Formative Research Findings to Adapt a Biobehavioural Intervention for Couples and Address Community Stigma (Carney)
- Addressing Maternal Alcohol and Substance Use and Preventing Adverse Infant Outcomes in South Africa (Washio)
Learnings From the Rural Opioid Initiative About Methods to Conduct Research With Rural PWUD
Monday, June 13, 7:00-9:00 PM | Orchestra CD
Over the past 20 years, drug-related epidemics have expanded from metropolitan areas into rural areas. This workshop is designed to strengthen participants’ capacities to plan and conduct rigorous research with people who use drugs (PWUD) and live in rural areas.
Speakers: Richard Jenkins (Chair) (NIH), Vivian Go (University of North Carolina), Mai Pho (Tufts University School of Medicine), William Zule, April Young (University of Kentucky), Hannah Cooper (Emory University), Mai Pho (University of Chicago)
Workshop Presentation Topics:
- Historical & Sociocultural Drug-Use Contexts in Rural America: A Multi-Site Qualitative Study (Go)
- Recruitment & Retention of Rural PWUD: Lessons From Appalachian Kentucky (Pho, Tufts University)
- Epidemiologic, Policy & Vulnerability Scans for Rural Opioid-Related Risks (Pho, University of Chicago)
- Maximizing Benefits & Avoiding Pitfalls When Collaborating With Rural Health Departments for Harm Reduction (Zule)
- Epidemiologic, Policy & Vulnerability Scans for Rural Opioid-Related Risks (Young)
**Bold names indicate RTI experts