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Margaret McCarthy: Brain Sex Differences, Endocannabinoid Biology, Play Behavior, Cannabis/Pregnancy

About the Guest: Margaret McCarthy, PhD is a neuroscientist whose lab at the University of Maryland studies the origins and mechanisms of sex differences in the brain, the endocannabinoid system, and neural basis of animal behavior.

Episode Summary: Nick talks to Dr. Margaret McCarthy about: the nature of sex differences observed in the mammalian brain, including differences in the susceptibility to various diseases and disorders of the brain; differences in juvenile play behavior in males vs. females, and how these can be altered by sex hormones and cannabinoids; sex differences in brain development that lead to sex differences in behavior; how the endocannabinoid system influences brain development and behavior; how cannabis use during pregnancy may influence brain development.

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