Science is made to serve the people. In order to answer complex, troubling questions, scientists spend much of their time in laboratories, working on laborious, time-consuming experiments. If successful, they manage to push our understanding forward. However, if knowledge gained in the laboratory stays in the laboratory, it brings no value to society and loses its primal utility.
That’s why, scientists are obliged to take a step out from the laboratory in order to share the state-of-the-art knowledge with the wider audience. Being successful with science popularization means that everyone can gain profits from the objective findings.
Cannabis popularity and accessibility is rising around the world. Thus, therapeutic and harmful potential of cannabinoids became a hot but dividing topic among society. Interestingly, this division is also reflected in scientific proofs. There’s as much research reflecting therapeutic potential of cannabinoids and cannabis as there are studies presenting potential harm associated with cannabis or cannabinoids misuse. For that reason, it is essential for us the share those findings in order to increase social awareness despite the myths, urban legends, personal beliefs and drug policies.
It is especially important to share the facts about cannabis and cannabinoids, how do they work, what are the risks or benefits etc. with teenagers, who are particularly vulnerable groups when it comes to both prevalence of cannabis use and risks associated with it. Thus, we have recently prepared a short presentation addressed for young people that gathers all the essential information regarding cannabis, cannabidiol, endocannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids. It was uploaded on YouTube on occasion of Brain AwarenessDay 2021, the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. So if you know a little bit polish, you can find it here We hope we were able to foster a scientific way of thinking among young people.