Project CBD contributing writers


Martin A. Lee is the co-founder and director of Project CBD, an educational platform that focuses on cannabis science and therapeutics. Hs is author of several books, including Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific, winner of the American Botanical Council’s James A. Duke Award for Excellence in Botanical Literature. The 2016 winner of the Emerald Cup’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Lee is also co-founder of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) and the author of Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD – The CIA, the Sixties and Beyond.

Contributing Writers

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Adrian Devitt-Lee, winner of the Norbert Wiener Award in Mathematics, graduated from Tufts University with a MS in Math and a BA in Chemistry. He is the co-author of several articles in peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of Physiology, F1000Research, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, and Physica A. Devitt-Lee’s report on cannabinoid-pharmaceutical interactions was published in Sonoma Medicine. As a R&D intern with Medicinal Genomics, he identified mutations in the CBDA synthase gene in plant varieties. He also performed cell culture, time-lapse microscopy, flow cytometry and RNA extraction on cancer cells as an intern with the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. As a senior research associate with CannaCraft, Inc., Devitt-Lee researched pesticide and solvent safety and provided regulatory input to California government officials. He has written numerous articles for
Dr. Jahan Marcu
Jahan Marcu, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Auditor for Americans for Safe Access and the Patient Focused Certification Program, serves on the board of various trade and science organization committees, including the American Chemical Society, the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, and the American Herbal Products Association. Marcu received his Ph.D. from Temple University for his study of the structure and function of the CB1 receptor and the role of the endocannabinoid system in bone. Before earning his Ph.D., Marcu worked at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute studying the anti-cancer properties of cannabis compounds, which formed the basis of an article he co-authored in the Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. He is also a co-author of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia’s Cannabis Monograph. Dr. Marcu is a court-qualified synthetic cannabinoid and cannabis expert. 
Lex Pelger
Lex Pelger, scientist and author, has written numerous articles about psychoactive substances and graphic novels about the endocannabinoid system. He hosts the Psychedelic Salon 2.0 and the Greener Grass podcast. He also organizes open mic storytelling events about mood-altering drugs. Pelger graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology.
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Nishi Whiteley, a business development and marketing consultant, is the author of Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally & Chronically Ill. Prior to her current work as a medical cannabis educator, Whitely was the director of international marketing at the Texas Department of Agriculture and a fertilizers industry trends analyst for the Elsevier Group. Through her writing and speaking, Whiteley seeks to bridge the gap between cannabis science and safe application. 

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Stacey Kerr, M.D., is a family physician and birthing counselor who has provided family-centered childbirth experiences for her patients for more than fifteen years. A former columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, she writes about timely issues in medical practice and has been published extensively in medical journals, including JAMA, California Family Physician, and Sonoma Medicine. She is the editor of the TMCI comprehensive course on Clinical Cannabinoid Medicine and the author of Home Birth in the Hospital. Kerr is currently the medical director for Hawaiian Ethos, a medical cannabis dispensary.
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Viola Brugnatelli is founder and curator of the online science magazine Nature Going Smart. A neuroscientist who specializes in cannabinoid circuitry and G-protein coupled receptor signaling, Brugnatelli received an honors degree from the University of Dundee in Ireland. In addition to her academic and research training, she has extensive experience with therapeutic cannabis and terpenes from a clinical perspective. Brugnatelli currently is a lecturer on Medical Cannabis at the University of Padua in Italy.