Stories by Martin A. Lee

Martin A Lee is the director of Project CBD and the author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational and Scientific. subscribe to Martin A. Lee's feed

Posted on: Jul 3, 2017, Source: Project CBD

Why did cannabis become so popular in the 1960s? And why is it even more popular today?

Posted on: Apr 25, 2017, Source: Project CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is widely touted for its health benefits, but its legal status is murky, and sometimes, the police come knocking at the door.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2017, Source: Project CBD

Chronic metabolic disorders worldwide are linked to a high-carb diet. Our bodies' endocannabinoid systems are not designed for that.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2017, Source: Project CBD

THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids can have an impact on patient expectations, and thus, on outcomes.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2016, Source: Project CBD

Cannabis isn't the only substance that triggers the brain's endocannabinoid receptors, and some are quite tasty, too.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2016, Source: Project CBD

Marijuana or industrial hemp? Does it matter? Should it matter? Why federal law is messing things up.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2015, Source: Project CBD

A nascent solar power industry made it possible for 1970s Northern California pot farmers to do their thing. And vice versa.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2015, Source: Project CBD

"Crude" whole plant formulations seem to work better than synthetic single-molecule ones. Take that, Big Pharma!

Posted on: Feb 25, 2015, Source: Project CBD

Medicinal CBD cannabis oils are all the rage, but there's a lot of misinformation out there. Let's take a look.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2013, Source: The Nation

The marijuana issue has galvanized activist energy on the left and the right, from anti-globalization protesters to free-market capitalists.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2013, Source: The Nation

The discovery of pot’s astonishing medical potential is the most compelling new reason for legalizing the plant.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2013, Source: High Times

The secrets behind marijuana’s bouquet are in the "terpenes."

Posted on: Apr 3, 2013, Source: O'Shaughnessy's

Fact-checking one of the newest trends in administering cannabis for therapeutic use.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The future of cannabis is up for grabs, but drug policy reformers have major strategic differences about how to proceed.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The debate was held in Hempstead, a town where farmers once cultivated the durable, lucrative crop that is illegal to grow today.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Dr. James Ketchum tested a potent form of synthetic marijuana on soldiers to develop a secret weapon in the '60s. Now he's telling the tale.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

More than ten years after California's Compassionate Use Act was passed by voters, state and local officials are still collaborating with federal law enforcement to undermine it.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2005, Source: Razor

No American has ever been granted Canadian refugee status because of the war on drugs, but the times they may be changing.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A sprawling cultural history of illicit drug use in post-WWII America sets out to tell the whole truth about forbidden pharmacological fruit.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2002, Source: The Consortium

Do truth serums really work? A long history of experimentation by the U.S. government suggests some are trying to find out, even though the practice borders on torture.