Last updated on: 9/3/2009 | Author:

Miles Herkenham, PhD Biography

Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Mental Health
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Cannabinoid receptors are also located in areas that control emesis (nucleus of the solitary tract) and pain, suggesting medical potential of marijuana.”

“Cannabinoid and Opioid Receptor Localization Studies,” National Institute of Mental Health website (accessed Sep. 1, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Investigator, National Institute of Mental Health Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Regulations, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Pre-Release Reviewer, 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report on Medical Marijuana
  • Postdoctoral Training, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • PhD, Physiological Psychology, Northeastern University, 1975
  • BA, Amherst College, 1970
  • Special area of research is Neuroimmunology
  • Has studied cannabinoid receptors as therapeutic targets