My mentor and friend Lester Grinspoon just turned 89 yesterday! Happy birthday, Lester! You have been such an inspiration for all of us – a brilliant scientist tryly pursuing the truth agains all odds!
Lester and I have been in contact since 2008 and we had countless discussions about the potential of the marijuana high to enhance various human cognitive abilities. His book “Marijuana Reconsidered” (first published 1971 by Harvard University Press) is a milestone in the marijuana literature and I recommend it to anyone interested in the subject. What an amazing work!
Lester later started two websites, rx-marijuana.com (a large collection of anecdotes on the medical uses of marijuana) as well as marijuana-uses.com, a brilliant collection of essays and reports on the marijuana high and its potential for various enhancements, including the enhancement for episodic memory retrieval, a better focus of attention, an enhanced pattern recognition, an intensified imagination, spontaneous insights, and the magnificent enhancement of empathic understanding.
My own research heavily draws on Lester’s work and I feel blessed to have had the ability to talk to Lester for many years and to work with him on a book project as a co-editor (sadly, we could never publish the manuscript). Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue our conversations for many years to come.
Lester wrote the forework to my German book “HIGH. Das positive Potential von Marijuana” (Klett-Cotta/Tropen, 2013) and helped me a lot with his endorsement and his advice.
A few years ago, I started to think about an artistic visual approach to make misinformed and frightened people look at cannabis again as what it is: a plant. And, as I wrote in my own preface to the book: a plant is a plant is a plant. I created a macro art series of cannabis to go with a collection of essays to illustrate my scientific perspectives. Since then, many collectors around the word have bought large prints of my art edition mounted on alucobond and I have consulted many organizations and companies about how to show cannabis from a new perspective to undermine the negative and false associations connected to typical negative cannbis imagery coming from past disinfomation campaigns.
I would now like to introduce a new art photo to you; I dedicated it to my dear friend Lester Grinspoon. It was created under the influence of my favourite cannabis strain, Dr. Grinspoon, a pure sativa which procuces an amazing, calm, chrystal clear and blissful high. The art edition of this image will be limited to 5 pieces. One is reserved to Lester. For those of you who are interested to obtain one of these pieces, please write me a mail. And here it is. For Lester, with much admiration: