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Peter Grinspoon, MD

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Peter Grinspoon, M.D. is the author of the memoir Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction. He currently practices as a primary care physician at an inner-city clinic in Boston and is on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital. He teaches medicine at Harvard Medical School. He spent two years as an Associate Director for the Physician Health Service, part of the Massachusetts Medical Society, working with physicians who suffer from substance use disorders.

Dr. Grinspoon graduated with honors in philosophy from Swarthmore College. Before medical school, he spent five years as a Campaign Director at Greenpeace, working on the nuclear free seas campaign. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. His internship and residency were in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Today he is proudly 10 years clean. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife Liz Grinspoon, and his blended family.”

Posts by Peter Grinspoon, MD

Staying Healthy

Common questions about medical cannabis

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Beyond CBD: Here come the other cannabinoids, but where’s the evidence?

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The health effects of too much gaming

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How to avoid a relapse when things seem out of control

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Mind-body medicine in addiction recovery

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If cannabis becomes a problem: How to manage withdrawal

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A tale of two epidemics: When COVID-19 and opioid addiction collide

Exercise & Fitness

Health coaching is effective. Should you try it?

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Older adults and medical marijuana: Reduced stigma and increased use

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Dopamine fasting: Misunderstanding science spawns a maladaptive fad

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Save the trees, prevent the sneeze

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Kratom: Fear-worthy foliage or beneficial botanical?

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Cannabis is medicine — don’t make it taste good

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Going public with sobriety

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Cleaner living: Plant-friendly is planet-friendly

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Does addiction last a lifetime?

Staying Healthy

Cannabidiol (CBD)-what we know and what we don't

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Physician burnout can affect your health

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Access to medical marijuana reduces opioid prescriptions

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Supporting physicians’ buprenorphine waiver training, starting in the ER

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5 myths about using Suboxone to treat opiate addiction

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How to welcome back a colleague who is in recovery

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False alarm in Hawaii: Preparing for the unthinkable

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