Pharmaceutical scientists Dr. Riley Kirk and Dr. Miyabe Shields are using social media to help followers understand cannabis pharmacology. In the meantime, they also gather data on their experiences, reported Forbes.
When Dr. Miyabe Shields decided to make a video about cannabis and mental health on TikTok, she was surprised by people's engagement with the subject. Also, Shields realized that she wasn’t the only cannabis scientist making content on social media.
“I scrolled the app for the first time, and the second thing that came up for me was Riley with a video on GPCR signaling,” Shields said. “She was explaining the molecular mechanism of how the [g-protein coupled] receptor works. I’ve never seen someone explain that in a better way than in this 30-second TikTok.’”
“I started making videos about cannabis pharmacology and how it works in the body, and I didn’t think anybody would care,” said Kirk.
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Moreover, when they decided to make educational cannabis TikTok content, Shields was living in Boston and Kirk was finishing up graduate school and working as a teaching assistant at the University of Rhode Island’s cannabis program.
“We’re like the two halves of the major components of drug discovery: the molecules are Riley and I’m the target in the body,” said Shields about their specialization in drug discovery, which involves identifying molecules and the targets in the …