Welcome to The Chronically Human Podcast Ep. 36 Our guest today is Dr. Peter Grinspoon. He is a primary care doctor in Boston, teaches at Harvard Medical School, is the author of “Free Refills”, a book detailing his addiction and recovery with pain pills, and he is an advocate for legalizing and utilizing Cannabis as Medicine. (At the 38 minute mark we had an issue with the audio. There is an echo or reverb when Dr. Grinspoon speaks. I apologize for this. We’ve left that portion of the conversation in because it’s full of great information even though the audio isn’t perfect) We have a great discussion about his unique perspective on the perceived opioid crisis, his take on how the government’s response to reducing opioid overdose deaths has negatively impacted people in chronic pain, and his work advocating for the use of Medical Cannabis. He explains why the current “Reefer Madness” proponents are wrong and exposes who the institutional forces are that are working to keep Cannabis illegal. We also talk about his father Dr. Lester Grinspoon and his pionnering work advocating for Cannabis and psychedelics. https://www.petergrinspoon.com Dr. Peter Grinspoon’s Book “Free Refills” https://www.amazon.com/Free-Refills-Doctor-Confronts-Addiction-ebook/dp/B00Z7J7BEM You can find Peter’s artciles on The Opioid Crisis, Medical Cannabis and Health and Wellness at the Harvard Medical School’s Blog https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/author/pgrinspoon Follow Peter on Twitter: @Peter_Grinspoon Peter is an active member of “Doctors For Cannabis Regulation” which is an organziation of Doctors who are working to legalize Cannabis and educate other healthcare professionals about using Cannabis as medicine. https://dfcr.org I exercise my health freedom by consuming Kratom. I’ve been in chronic pain for over 30 years and I now use Kratom and CBD oil to help improve my pain and allow me to live a fuller more productive life. The only brand of Kratom I trust is Urban Ice Organics. They test their Kratom, they utilize Good Manufacturing Practices, they stand behind their product, they are active in keeping Kratom legal and they fund vital Kratom research. https://naturalorganix.com Use the promo code “ChronicallyHuman20” at checkout to get 20 percent off your next order. If you’d like to hear more about my experience with Kratom email me firstname.lastname@example.org Please consider supporting the show by subscribing and sharing this episode with friends and family. I apologize for the quality of the audio in the last 20 minutes. The Skype connection went in and out and we weren’t aware of the reverb/echo issue until we re-listened to the conversation. I wasn’t able to fix it. I decided to leave it in even with the audio issue because Peter provided a lot of great information. I understand audio quality is important and we strive to do our best to present useful information in the best possible way.