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Keith Humphreys, PhD Biography

Esther Ting Memorial Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Medical cannabis regulations make unregulated products available to be inhaled in smoke or vapor, applied topically as oils and creams, eaten in edibles, or taken orally or sublingually. The demonstrated efficacy and safety of these products should not be labeled as medical. ‘Budtenders,’ not pharmacists, physicians, or other clinicians, make clinical recommendations…

Cannabis and cannabis-derived medications merit further research, and such scientific work will likely yield useful results. This does not mean that medical cannabis recommendations should be made without the evidence base demanded for other treatments.”

Cowritten with Richard Saitz, “Should Physicians Recommend Replacing Opioids with Cannabis?,” JAMA, Feb. 1, 2019

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Esther Ting Memorial Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2017-present
  • Associate Director, Center for Innovation to Implementation, Veterans Health Administration, 2016-present
  • Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
  • CIGH Fellow, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, 2015-present
  • Affiliated faculty, Stanford Law School, 2014-present
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1995-present
  • Member, Provost’s Task Force on Binge Drinking on Campus, 2011-2013
  • Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2009-2010
  • Chairman, Faculty Advisory Committee, Stanford Health Policy Forum, 2007-present
  • Director, VA Program Evaluation and Resource Center, 2001-2009
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Illinois, 1993
  • AM, Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Illinois, 1991
  • BA, summa cum laude, Psychology, Michigan State University, 1988
  • Twitter handle: @keithnhumphreys
  • Recipient, Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest, APA, 2009
  • Recipient, Presidential Citation for Distinguished Service to APA Division 50 (Addictions), 2005
  • Recipient, Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Addiction Research, APA, 2003
  • Recipient, Veterans Affairs Health Care System Young Investigator Award, 1998-1999
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Alternative to Opioid Treatment?