Lucilia Westphal

Academic Career

Master of Integrated Natural Resource Management, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2018-2021
Scholarship with Humboldt Themenklasse Cannabis Research.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2013-2017
Bachelor’s Thesis, “Expression and purification of a recombinant ß-Tubulin from the hookworm parasite Necator americanus”, undertaken at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Next Academic/Vocational Goal

Master’s Thesis:
“What contribution can scuba divers as Citizen Scientists make to protect clear water lakes (according to FFH criteria) in Dahme-Heideseen Nature Park?”

Personal aim:
To contribute to a better, more holistic understanding of the environment to the non-scientific community. To contribute to preserving a natural environment that keeps people and animals healthy.

Research Topic of Cannabis Research Class

How have scientific, legal, and popular perceptions of Cannabis changed over time? What factors have influenced or been the cause of these perceptions?

Why Cannabis?

Cannabis has throughout history proved to be of immense value to human beings, with applications both in medicine and manufacturing. Yet only recently have countries such as the United States begun to recognize its value once again, after long prohibitions on its use. Germany lags behind much of the rest of the world in rediscovering Cannabis’s value, and I want to help us to catch up.