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This site is devoted to the exchange of information about the use of marijuana as a medicine. We are members of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School who have been studying marijuana for many years.


Dr. Grinspoon is the author of Marihuana Reconsidered, Harvard University Press, 1971, revised edition 1977, recently republished with a new introduction.


We are co-authors of Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine, published by Yale University Press in 1993, available in paperback at 1-800-987-7323. The book has been translated into nine languages. A revised and expanded edition, more than 60% larger than the first edition, was published in 1997. Excerpts from this book are posted on the website.


Both Marihuana Reconsidered and Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine are available online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Purchase Marihuana Reconsidered at Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com. Purchase Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine at Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com.


In June of 1995 the Journal of the American Medical Association published our paper, "Marihuana as Medicine: A Plea for Reconsideration." We have included it, along with 3 articles in Playboy magazine (1, 2 and 3) and an unpublished article, "Marihuana: An Old Medicine of the Future," as well as several additional medical marijuana resources we hope you find to be of interest.


Since marijuana is largely a folk medicine, not yet generally recognized by the medical establishment, the people who know most about it are those who use it on their own. The purpose of our website is to gain access to that body of knowledge and share the information with patients and physicians.


We are looking for two kinds of information:


1. We want to learn more about the symptoms and medical problems for which people have found marijuana useful and how it compares with conventional drugs in the treatment of particular symptoms or syndromes. We will post some of our readers' stories and experiences on this website. Nothing will be posted without the contributor's permission, as indicated in the submission. Contributors may remain anonymous if they wish, although most people quoted in our earlier publications have chosen to use their names.


2. We would also like to learn more about the different ways of using marijuana medically -- the advantages and disadvantages of various smoking devices and alternative methods of preparation, including oral use, suppositories, poultices, compresses, and topical solutions or salves.


To share information with us, please visit the Information Exchange. See additional guidelines for a fuller explanation of our aims and interests. Recently we have posted some new personal accounts by visitors to the website, as well as other visitors' comments and observations.

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