Lester Grinspoon

Lester Grinspoon

Dr. Lester Grinspoon is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychiatric Association, and founding editor of the Harvard Mental Health Letter. He is a recipient of the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship (now awarded by the Drug Policy Alliance).

Principal books:

Marijuana Reconsidered (1971)

The seminal and still the most most influential work on the history of marijuana, often cited in recent publications.

Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine (1st printing 1993)

Consistently in print for over 20 years, from a lifetime of marijuana research and interviews with users.

Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered

Psychedelic Reflections (with James B. Bakalar) (1983)

Other books:

Speed Culture: Amphetamine Use and Abuse in America (with Peter Hedblom) (Harvard Paperbacks, 1975)

Cocaine: A Drug and Its Social Evolution (with James B. Bakalar)(1976)

Schizophrenia: Pharamcology and Psychotherapy (1977)

Drug Control in a Free Society (with James B. Bakalar) (1988)

Dr. Grinspoon's Websites:


Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine (Q&A and 1000's of anecdotes from individuals on their use of medical marijuana)


Uses of Marijuana (permits submission of essays relating to the "enhancing" effects of marijuana such as increased appreciation of music, art and nature, increased creativity, insight, and new ideas).