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Yasmin Hurd, PhD

Dr. Yasmin Hurd is the Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience and the Director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Hurd's multidisciplinary research investigates the neurobiology underlying addiction disorders and related psychiatric illnesses. A translational approach is used to examine molecular and neurochemical events in the human brain and comparable animal models in order to ascertain neurobiological correlates of behavior. A major focus of the research is directed to risk factors of addiction disorders including genetics as well as developmental exposure to drugs of abuse such as cannabis. The group also conducts human clinical trials in developing novel therapies for opioid use disorder.

The push to legalize recreational and medical marijuana has put the spotlight on Dr. Yasmin Hurd and her pioneering work on the transgenerational effects of cannabis on the developing brain. Dr. Hurd's research was featured on the cover story of TIME magazine on May 25, 2015: The Great Pot Experiment. and in a CNN Documentary with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

May 19, 2022

Yasmin Hurd, PhD - Opioid Crisis and Cannibis

Dr. Hurd and I discuss the causes and potential solutions to the opioid crisis in the United States. We talk about the differences in marijuana in the 1960's and now and the benefits and problems with the use of THC …

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