Medical Marijuana —
Documentary, Recent Research, Selected Books, Resources, Legalities

  • Recent Research on Medical Marijuana

    Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis & Cannabinoids:
    A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature, 2000 — 2013

    [Full PDF]

    National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

    Conditions Map, Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids, 2000-2013. NORML.

    Contents

    And See: Marijuana: A Primer. Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, NORML (29 January 2013)

  • Selected Books
    By publication date, most recent first...

    The Cannabis Health Index: How to Achieve Deep(er) Healing of 100 Chronic Symptoms and Diseases by Linking the Science of Medical Marijuana with the Art of Mind-Body Consciousness

    The Cannabis Health Index:
    How to Achieve Deep(er) Healing of 100 Chronic Symptoms and Diseases by Linking the Science of Medical Marijuana with the Art of Mind-Body Consciousness

    Uwe Blesching PhD (Author).
    • Logos Publishing; 2nd edition (14 March 2013; 472pp)
    • Kindle Edition (1 December 2015; 672pp) North Atlantic Books. Preorder.

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    Cannabis affects the body and mind. Cannabinoids (natural compounds produced by the human body, cannabis, and various spice plants) aid in reducing the pain and suffering associated with more than 100 stubborn diseases and symptoms. This book builds upon the premise that subtle shifts in awareness (commonly observed in cannabis-using patients) vastly contribute to these compounds therapeutic potential. By bringing mindfulness-based therapy programs into the healing process, these shifts can be enhanced and amplified, and thus support and deepen the body’s own capacity for self-healing. The Cannabis Health Index (CHI) is an in-depth reference that combines insights from 1,000+ annotated studies from the fields of cannabinoid and consciousness research. CHI presents combined practical insights relevant to most major chronic illnesses.

  • The Medical Marijuana Guide: NATURES PHARMACY.

    Chef Derek Butt (Author).
    (Paperback: 21 January 2015; 116pp. Kindle Edition: 6 February 2014;)

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    Discover the many benefits of medicinal marijuana and what medicinal marijuana can do for you. Feel the pain melt away, calm your anxiety, relax the mind and body, feel happy again and rejuvenate. Disease is preventable and curable with the use of medical marijuana.

    "The Medical Marijuana guide. NATURES PHARMACY." The true guide to cannabis pharmacy reveals how medical marijuana restores physiological balance.

    Learn how to make cannabis extractions and infusions and how to incorporate them into food and beverages. Learn how to make cannabis oil, tinctures, hash, cannabis butter, cannabis coconut oil, cannabis olive oil, salves, balms and medicated skin creams.

    The Medical Marijuana Guide is also a cannabis cookbook with many great recipes that are delicious, safe and effective for restoring balance. Learn the formulas for controlling your dosage, it is important that you don't under estimate how potent these medications can be.

    Learn about medical marijuana strains and which strains are right for you. Learn about cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, a communications network in the body that effects how we think, feel and behave.

    Learn about the health and nutritional benefits of eating and juicing fresh raw marijuana. Marijuana is technically a vegetable, a power food, a complete protein. Fresh raw marijuana is considered a dietary essential by some scientists, fresh raw marijuana is an ideal plant protein. If you are Vegan or Vegetarian you should seriously consider incorporating fresh raw marijuana into your diet. I have and I have never felt better in my life. The Medical Marijuana Guide contains recipes for preparing fresh raw marijuana salads, dressings, juices and smoothies that will leave you feeling energetic and vibrant without any narcotic effects. Learn why fresh raw marijuana can be sixty times more effective as a medicine. [...]

    The guide also provides you with links to instructional videos on how to grow organic medicinal marijuana in a safe clean environment. A very important part of the process. I have produced these videos myself and they are informative and entertaining. Educate before you medicate. I also provide you with links to several top leading research scientists from around the world that have studied marijuana for decades. The Medical Marijuana Guide goes way beyond the confinement of its pages. It connects you to the world of medicinal marijuana.

    I am a professional health conscious chef and a medical marijuana producer with a license to grow under the MMAR program issued by Health Canada. [...]

    The Medical Marijuana Guide: NATURES PHARMACY [Kindle Edition]
    Chef Derek Butt (Author)

  • Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts-Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines

    Beyond Buds:
    Marijuana Extracts-Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines

    Ed Rosenthal (Author), David Downs (Contributor).
    (21 October 2014; 256pp)

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    Beyond Buds is a handbook to the future of marijuana. Prohibition's end has led to a technological revolution that's generated powerful medicines and products containing almost zero carcinogens and little smoke. Marijuana icon Ed Rosenthal and leading cannabis reporter David Downs guide readers through the best new consumer products, and demonstrate how to make and use the safest, cleanest extracts. Beyond Buds details how award-winning artisans make hash and concentrates, and includes modern techniques utilizing dry ice and CO2. The book is a primer on making kief, water hash, tinctures, topicals, edibles, and other extracts from cannabis leaves, trim, and bud bits, and it goes on to explore and simplify the more exotic and trendy marijuana-infused products, such as butane hash oil (BHO), shatter, wax, and budder. More complex than lighting a joint, these innovative products call for new accessories — special pipes, dabbing tools, and vaporizers — all of which are reviewed and pictured in the book. Beyond Buds expands on Rosenthal's previous book Ask Ed: Marijuana Gold: Trash to Stash. Completely updated with full-color photographs that are both "how-to" guides and eye candy, this book enables not only the health-conscious toker but also the bottom line–driven cultivator.

  • Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts-Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines

    Handbook of Cannabis. (Handbooks in Psychopharmacology)

    Roger Pertwee (Editor).
    Hardcover. Oxford University Press (15 September 2014; 768pp)

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    Truly global in scope and with contributions from leading researchers around the world, The Handbook of Cannabis is the definitive resource on this fascinating drug. Combining scientific perspectives and clinical applications, it covers a vast array of topics, from why over the centuries cannabis has been used as a medicine, through the regulations facing those wishing to self-administer cannabis or provide cannabis-based medicines, to the chemical structure of its many constituents and the rapidly growing group of synthetic cannabinoids that are currently being used for "legal highs". With each chapter written by a group of one or more internationally recognised subject experts, it provides academics and researchers with authoritative scientific material on the main pharmacological actions and their effects, as well as their pharmacokinetics, metabolism, and forensic detection. In addition it also examines the complex morphology, cultivation, harvesting, and processing of cannabis and the ways in which the plant's chemical composition can be controlled. As well as offering a raft of scientific information there is extensive coverage of cannabinoid-based medicines. Helping readers to identify and evaluate their benefits, chapters explore pharmacological actions and the effects that seem to underlie approved therapeutic uses, how they are currently used to treat certain disorders, and the ever-growing number of wide-ranging potential clinical applications. There is also coverage of both the legal and illegal sources of cannabis, including "coffee shops" and "cannabis dispensaries". The complex issue of "recreational cannabis" is also tackled. The sought-after and adverse psychological and non-psychological effects are described and discussions are included on how some adverse effects can be lessened by at least one constituent of cannabis, and that it might be possible to reduce the harm that cannabis does to some by changing current regulatory policies. The Handbook of Cannabis is a one-stop reference; essential reading for all clinicians, pharmacologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists interested in this drug, as well as those working in the field of public health.

  • Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

    Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

    Michael Backes (Author), Andrew Weil (Foreword).
    (9 September 2014; 272pp)

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    Evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties.

    There are currently 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 20 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is legal. As medical cannabis becomes an accepted herbal medicine, there is a demand for clear, easy-to-follow information for the layperson based on the latest sound medical and evidence-based research.

    Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy begins with the history of medical marijuana and an explanation of how cannabis works with the body's own endocannabinoid system. Backes goes on to explore in detail 27 of the most popular cannabis varieties, how to identify them, the differences between them, and the medical conditions for which patients have reported effectiveness. Additional chapters describe how to prepare and store cannabis, how best to administer those preparations, and how to modify and control dosage. Also included is a guide to 29 ailments and illnesses for which doctors commonly recommend medical marijuana, including chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, fibromyalgia, and Parkinson's disease.

    Meticulously researched and written in an easy and accessible style, Cannabis Pharmacy provides the clearest, most complete, and most practical information available on the use and benefits of medical marijuana.

  • Cannabis Indica Volume 3: The Essential Guide to the World's Finest Marijuana Strains

    Cannabis Indica Volume 3:
    The Essential Guide to the World's Finest Marijuana Strains

    S. T. Oner (Editor), The Rev (Intro). (29 October 2013; 208pp)

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    Cannabis plants are classified into two main groups: Indica and Sativa. This book focuses on Cannabis Indica, a bushier and heavier plant that produces a smoke that famously induces (among other highs) a desire to sit quietly on the couch and relax. This is the latest book in the bestselling series focusing on the Cannabis Indica plant, the most popular type of marijuana in the United States due to its growth patterns and intense physical effects.

    No other strain guide series has looked at Cannabis Indica in such depth before, and readers across the USA are desperate for more. Featuring 100 strains of amazing Indica-dominant genetics and a dazzling array of skilled breeders, this book is a must-have for pot enthusiasts, pot growers, and pot connoisseurs, new and old alike.

    Cannabis Indica, Volume 3 features genetics from the world's greatest seed breeders, and showcases strains from such varied countries as Britain, Holland, Canada, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Australia and the USA. No other guide series features this many emerging seed breeders, as well as established cannabis genetics companies. Cannabis Indica is the latest book in the must-have series for connoisseurs and growers looking to expand their knowledge about the plant, and the genetics in their gardens.

    Featuring classic Indica strains, such as Pure Kush, Bubba Kush, Hash Plant and Romulan, Cannabis Indica, Volume 3 also introduces fascinating brand new, never-before-seen varieties from previously unknown seed breeders. The book also features multiple strain variations on Hindu Kush — America's best selling cannabis strain — adored by growers and smokers alike.

    Filled with hundreds of beautiful full-color images, this book is ideal for every grow room, dorm room, and living room. Each plant is discussed in detail, with accurate information on genetics and lineage so that readers can become experts on Cannabis Indica strains — their aromas, flavors, potency, THC content, medical potentials and growth patterns. [...]

    S. T. Oner is the best-selling author of Marijuana Outdoor Grower's Guide and Marijuana Chef Cookbook, both bestsellers in the genre and published by Green Candy Press. He is also the editor of Cannabis Indica: The Essential Guide to the World's Finest Marijuana Strains, Volume I and Cannabis Sativa: The Essential Guide to the World's Finest Marijuana Strains, Volume I, both of which have gone on to become classics in the marijuana strain guide genre.

    The Rev is the cultivation editor of SKUNK Magazine and the author of the top-selling organic marijuana cultivation guide True Living Organics: The Ultimate Guide to Growing All-Natural Marijuana Indoors.

  • The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine

    The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine

    Jessica Catalano (13 November 2012: 228pp)

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    Jessica Catalano is a professional culinarian and medical cannabis advocate who has combined her two loves of food and cannabis into stylish medicated dishes for Medical Cannabis patients. Catalano specializes in strain-specific medicated cooking and baking that enhances the flavor profiles of the dishes she creates. Catalano is a medical cannabis patient herself and has been cooking with marijuana since early 1997 for medicinal purposes. She continues to strive for excellence both in cooking, baking and medical cannabis knowledge. Her goal is to help as many medical cannabis patients as she possibly can creating a better quality of life for them. She explores the health benefits of cooking with cannabis and when balanced with good nutrition can help promote a longer and more fulfilling life.

  • The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook:
    More Than 50 Irresistible Recipes That Will Get You High

    Editors of High Times Magazine. Chronicle Books (7 March 2012)

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    This first-ever cookbook from High Times magazine — the world's most trusted name when it comes to getting stoned-is the deliciously definitive guide to cannabis-infused cooking. Easy, accessible recipes and advice demystify the experience of cooking with grass and offer a cornucopia of irie appetizers and entrees, stoner sweets, cannabis cocktails, and high-holiday feasts for any occasion, from "Time Warp Tamales" and "Sativa Shrimp Spring Rolls" to "Pico de Ganja Nachos" and "Pineapple Express Upside-Down Cake". Delectable color photos and recipes inspired by stoner celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Cheech and Chong, and Willie Nelson will spark the interest of experienced cannabis cooks and "budding" chefs, whether they're looking for the perfect midnight munchie or just to take dinner to a higher level.

  • Medical Marijuana 101: The Guide to Safe and Legal Use.

    Medical Marijuana 101: The Guide to Safe and Legal Use.

    Mickey Martin, Ed Rosenthal, Gregory T. Carter MD.
    Quick American Archives; Original edition (10 January 2012: 128pp.)

    NOTE: The Canadian version is entitled Medical Marijuana 101: Everything They Told You Is Wrong, by Dale Gieringer PhD. Same publisher. Release date: 17 January 2012: 128pp.
    Available through Amazon.ca.

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    All of our lives we have heard marijuana is bad for us — the first step to drug addiction and life as a slacker — but it just isn't true! Over the last 75 years the Federal government has created a massive propaganda blitz to discredit a natural medicine that has been used throughout the world for centuries. In 2009, the American Medical Association officially endorsed the medical value of cannabis, and 14 states have legalized medical use with more legislation pending. Medical Marijuana 101 is a concise, accurate, and up-to-date resource for anyone interested in the healing powers of marijuana. Based on the comprehensive and best-selling Medical Marijuana Handbook [see below], this "Cliff Notes" version can serve both as an introductory resource for those with little experience treating illness with marijuana and as a quick reference for the more experienced user.

  • Baked: Over 50 Tasty Marijuana Treats

    Baked: Over 50 Tasty Marijuana Treats

    Yzabetta Sativa (5 October 2011: 160pp)

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    Few marijuana cookbooks acknowledge that cannabis is a spicy, harsh-tasting plant that's difficult to cook due to its flavor, consistency, and inability to dissolve in water. Baked addresses these issues head on by providing clear visual and textual instructions on how to make marijuana foods that look and taste great. These 60+ recipes counteract the problematic flavor, texture, and solubility of cannabis, producing delicious edibles that patients and recreational users alike actually enjoy eating. Author and chef Yzabetta Sativah specializes in producing healthy baked goods for medical marijuana users, including those with special dietary requirements. This book includes such gourmet delights as Marshmallow Meltdown, Dreamy Raspberry Bars, Lavender Love Bites, Aloha Hawaiian Bread, Baked Fudge, and Coco Nutty Lime Cookies, all certified classics at medical marijuana dispensaries across the country. More than just a cookbook, Baked offers a way to explore a healthier way of life by expanding culinary horizons.

    Yzabetta Sativah has always been driven by two passions n cooking and caring for others. She received her formal education in French cooking and religious studies and, after spending most of her career in the community services arena, recently returned to her culinary roots, acting as both a consultant for organic lunch and after school programs and a supplier of tasty and nutritious treats to several Compassion Clubs. Yzabetta came by the skill of cooking with marijuana honestly n she is herself a medical marijuana user. Diagnosed with a condition requiring marijuana as medicine, Yzabetta found that ingesting marijuana prolonged the effects on her system and allowed her to avoid unhealthy smoke inhalation. Having severe allergies of her own, Yzabetta also incorporated gluten free recipes into her repertoire. Recognizing that others could benefit from healthier, diet conscious, and delicious recipes Yzabetta began to supply Compassion Clubs, and her experience would eventually lead to the writing of this book. Yzabetta was born and raised in Montreal and currently resides in Southern Ontario with her three children.

  • Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease

    Marijuana Gateway to Health:
    How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease

    Clint Werner (1 September 2011: 232pp)

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    Read Marijuana Gateway to Health to learn how you can improve your health by using marijuana. Read this book to learn what the government doesn't want you to know about marijuana.

    Marijuana Gateway to Health explains how supplementing the body with the unique compounds found in marijuana — the cannabinoids — improves our health by protecting us from an impressive variety of terminal and degenerative illnesses. It explains the new and cutting-edge research revealing that the cannabinoids THC and CBD can stunt and kill off cancer cells and protect the brain from injury while stimulating the production of healthy, new brain cells. It explains that long-term marijuana smokers have a reduced risk for developing lung cancer; the cannabinoid THC is effective for reducing the brain damage associated with Alzheimer's disease; and the cannabinoid CBD can improve the health of diabetics and fight the spread of breast cancer cells.

    Marijuana Gateway to Health also documents the history of the medical marijuana movement in a gripping and moving narrative, showing just how cruel and irrational the governmental policies are, that block access to these healing compounds.

  • The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis

    The Little Black Book of Marijuana:
    The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis

    Steve Elliott. Kerren Barbas Steckler, Illus. (1 August 2011: 144pp)

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    This concise guide to cannabis delves into pot culture and history, from Herodotus to the hippies and beyond. It also covers the essentials of using, cultivating, and cooking with weed; identifying pot varieties; and understanding legal and health issues. Handy and to the point, The Little Black Book of Marijuana gives you "the dope" on pot, from possible side effects and risks to medical uses and their efficacy. Learn about cannabis history and the issues around its legalization. Includes full-color photos of marijuana varieties.

  • The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis

    The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis

    Julie Holland MD, Ed. (23 September 2010: 576pp)

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    Leading experts on the science, history, politics, medicine, and potential of America's most popular recreational drug. With contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, Lester Grinspoon, Allen St. Pierre (NORML), Tommy Chong, and others. Covers marijuana's physiological and psychological effects, its medicinal uses, the complex politics of cannabis law, pot and parenting, its role in creativity, business, and spirituality, and much more.

    Exploring the role of cannabis in medicine, politics, history, and society, The Pot Book offers a compendium of the most up-to-date information and scientific research on marijuana from leading experts, including Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Allen St. Pierre (NORML), and Raphael Mechoulam. Also included are interviews with Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, M.D., and Tommy Chong as well as a pot dealer and a farmer who grows for the U.S. Government.

    Encompassing the broad spectrum of marijuana knowledge from stoner customs to scientific research, this book investigates the top ten myths of marijuana; its physiological and psychological effects; its risks; why joints are better than water pipes and other harm-reduction tips for users; how humanity and cannabis have co-evolved for millennia; the brain's cannabis-based neurochemistry; the complex politics of cannabis law; its potential medicinal uses for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and other illnesses; its role in creativity, business, and spirituality; and the complicated world of pot and parenting. As legalization becomes a reality, this book candidly offers necessary facts and authoritative opinions in a society full of marijuana myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.

  • Marijuana Grower's Handbook:
    Your Complete Guide for Medical and Personal Marijuana Cultivation

    Ed Rosenthal (8 June 2010: 510pp)

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    The all new Marijuana Grower's Handbook shows both beginners and advanced growers how to grow the biggest most resinous, potent buds! This book contains the latest knowledge, tools, and methods to grow great marijuana — indoors and out. Use the most efficient technology and save time, labor, and energy. Ed Rosenthal has been teaching people how to grow marijuana for more than 30 years. Let him help you cultivate bountiful buds and lots of them. With 500 pages of full color photos and illustrations, the book delivers all the basics that a novice grower needs, as well as scientific research for the experienced gardener. All aspects of cultivation are covered, from the selection of varieties, setting up of the garden, and through each stage of plant growth all the way to harvesting. Readers can link to Ed's research for additional information,photos,and equipment updates. Full color photographs throughout clarify instructions and show the stunning results possible with Ed's growing tips.

    Marijuana may not be addictive, but growing it is. — Ed Rosenthal

  • The Benefits of Marijuana: Physical, Psychological and Spiritual

    The Benefits of Marijuana: Physical, Psychological and Spiritual

    Joan Bello (3 January 2010: 192pp)

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    This book — a one of a kind tribute to the Divinity within The Marijuana Plant — is a brilliant scientific treatise aimed at the average reader, demonstrating the far-reaching benefits for body, mind and spirit to be derived from this ancient therapeutic herb. Imparts the tenets of holistic health and Eastern philosophy, documenting marijuana as the main thread integrating five thousand years of esoteric traditions aimed at attaining the highest levels of consciousness.

    Regardless of the model used, marijuana resolves conflict by de-emphasizing extreme aggressiveness and stroking the receptive side of human nature. — Joan Bello

  • The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use

    The Cannabis Grow Bible:
    The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana
    for Recreational and Medical Use

    Greg Green (2nd edition; 1 July 2009: 560pp)

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    The Cannabis Grow Bible fully explains both the art and science behind growing high-grade pot. Author and aficionado Greg Green blends a thorough understanding of marijuana botany with practical advice on coping with the day-to-day demands of maintaining a high-yield garden, and offers proven methods that maximize both yield and potency. Fully updated and illustrated in full color, and with techniques for both indoor and outdoor cultivation, this comprehensive guide covers everything growers need to know, including how to select the best plant genetics, soil and hydroponic grows, dealing with pests and predators, advanced systems and breeding, and protecting the crop from nosy neighbors. It also explains the "Screen of Green" technique that gives a higher yield using fewer plants. Green's easy-to-follow instructions and the accuracy, breadth, and depth of information presented benefit newbies and professional gardeners alike.

  • Medical Uses of Marijuana

    Medical Uses of Marijuana

    Joseph W. Jacob (27 October 2009; 308pp)

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    Throughout history, more than 150 successful medical uses of marijuana plants have been identified, effectively tested, publicly used, and reliably trusted. In Medical Uses of Marijuana, author Joseph W. Jacob provides an extensive chronological history of marijuana and its medical uses throughout the world in the last 10,000 years.

    Thoroughly researched and documented, Medical Uses of Marijuana discusses:

    • The many and varied health benefits of marijuana use;
    • More than 150 destructive medical harms of drinking alcohol;
    • Discriminatory government laws allowing public ingestion of alcohol, while prohibiting the use of marijuana; and
    • The process by which marijuana use became illegal due to taxation laws

    During the last 10,000 years, people from countries throughout the world — including China, India, Arabia, Africa, Russia, and Japan — have employed the use of marijuana to treat a variety of ailments. Initially intended to be used for the medical benefits of everyone, natural marijuana plants have successfully treated and healed many ailments. Medical Uses of Marijuana seeks to provide the truth about the loss of the legal use of this beneficial plant.

  • Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine

    Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine

    Wendy Chapkis and Richard J. Webb (August 2008; 272pp)

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    Marijuana as medicine has been a politically charged topic in this country for more than three decades. Despite overwhelming public support and growing scientific evidence of its therapeutic effects (relief of the nausea caused by chemotherapy for cancer and AIDS, control over seizures or spasticity caused by epilepsy or MS, and relief from chronic and acute pain, to name a few), the drug remains illegal under federal law.

    In Dying to Get High, noted sociologist Wendy Chapkis and Richard J. Webb investigate one community of seriously-ill patients fighting the federal government for the right to use physician-recommended marijuana. Based in Santa Cruz, California, the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) is a unique patient-caregiver cooperative providing marijuana free of charge to mostly terminally ill members. For a brief period in 2004, it even operated the only legal non-governmental medical marijuana garden in the country, protected by the federal courts against the DEA.

    Using as their stage this fascinating profile of one remarkable organization, Chapkis and Webb tackle the broader, complex history of medical marijuana in America. Through compelling interviews with patients, public officials, law enforcement officers and physicians, Chapkis and Webb ask what distinguishes a legitimate patient from an illegitimate pothead, good drugs from bad, medicinal effects from just getting high. Dying to Get High combines abstract argument and the messier terrain of how people actually live, suffer and die, and offers a moving account of what is at stake in ongoing debates over the legalization of medical marijuana.

  • Marijuana Medical Handbook: Practical Guide to Therapeutic Uses of Marijuana

    Marijuana Medical Handbook:
    Practical Guide to Therapeutic Uses of Marijuana

    Dale Gieringer, Ed Rosenthal, Gregory T. Carter MD
    (28 October 2008; 270pp)

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    An estimated 40 million Americans have medical symptoms that marijuana can relieve. Marijuana Medical Handbook is a one-stop resource that gives candid, objective advice on using marijuana for healing, understanding its effects on the body, safe administration, targeting illnesses, side effects, and the various delivery methods from edibles and tinctures to smokeless vaporizer pipes. The book also details supply issues, cultivation solutions (in a chapter by renowned expert Ed Rosenthal), and legal consequences. This thoroughly revised edition incorporates the most up-to-date information on the ever-changing politics of marijuana, the plant's usage, and medical research on it.

  • Marijuana Garden Saver: Handbook for Healthy Plants

    Marijuana Garden Saver: Handbook for Healthy Plants

    J.C. Stich (1 December 2008: 176pp)

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    Using over 150 full-color photos, this book provides step-by-step solutions to the common problems that the marijuana gardener faces. Written by a veteran marijuana-grower, this book provides information in a clear, concise format. The solutions in here were originally written for an Internet audience, so they are formatted to be consumed quickly. Highly visual with easy-to-follow instructions, this book is just the thing for growers who want immediate solutions to their problems. J.C. Stich was the problem solver for questions about growing problems on Overgrow.com.

  • The Science of Marijuana

    The Science of Marijuana

    Leslie Iversen (2 edition; 7 December 2007; 296pp)

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    Leslie Iversen is a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. In The Science of Marijuana, he explains the remarkable advances that have been made in scientific research on cannabis with the discovery of specific receptors and the existence of naturally occurring cannabis-like substances in the brain. Dr. Iversen provides an objective and up-to-date assessment of the scientific basis for the medical use of cannabis and what risks this may entail. The recreational use of the drug and how it affects users is described along with some predictions about how attitudes to cannabis may change in the future.

  • The Cannabis Cookbook: Over 35 Tasty Recipes for Meals, Munchies, and More

    The Cannabis Cookbook:
    Over 35 Tasty Recipes for Meals, Munchies, and More

    Tim Pilcher (2 October 2007: 128pp)

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    This innovative cookbook brings a remarkable design to the joy of cooking and baking with cannabis. Featuring stimulating recipes and lush color photography, it approaches cannabis as yet another fine ingredient to be studied and savored, like a great wine, premium cigar, gourmet chocolate, or single malt scotch. The Cannabis Cookbook divulges all you need to know to culinarily enjoy the herb that's used by over 25 million Americans. It includes the history of cannabis in cooking, biochemical properties and effects, the best "vineyards," and over 35 step-by-step recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, baked goods, and other essentials. The recipes and treats presented in this book are so delicious that nothing will get wasted. Well, almost nothing. Includes bonus section on hemp skincare products.

  • Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible

    Marijuana Horticulture:
    The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible

    Jorge Cervantes (5th edition; March 2006; 512pp)

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    With 512 full color pages and 1120 full color photographs and illustrations, Marijuana Horticulture: the Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible is the most complete cultivation book available. The Fifth Edition of the former Indoor Marijuana Horticulture: the Indoor Bible was originally published in 1983, when it immediately became a best seller. More than 500,000 copies of the Indoor Bible are in print in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish. New greenhouse and outdoor growing chapters make this a book both indoor and outdoor growers will keep under thumb. The other 15 chapters (17 total) are all updated with the most current information, completely rewritten and significantly expanded. For example, Dr. John McPartland contributed an all new medical section - The book's credits list more than 300 contributors and reads like a who's who in the world of cannabis cultivation.

  • Marijuana Cooking: Good Medicine Made Easy

    Marijuana Cooking:
    Good Medicine Made Easy

    Bliss Cameron, Veronica Green (10 March 2005; 96pp)

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    Bliss Cameron has long been involved in providing healthy marijuana treats to individuals suffering from ailments such as arthritis, insomnia, appetite loss and glaucoma. Increasing awareness of the therapeutic properties of marijuana — to ease muscle tension, relieve pain, promote appetite, and induce overall relaxation — has generated widespread interest in its use as a medicine. Without question, the best and safest medicinal application of marijuana is through ingestion. In Marijuana Cooking: Good Medicine Made Easy, authors Bliss Cameron and Veronica Green guide would-be chefs through the process of making their own tasty and healthy home remedies using marijuana as the main ingredient. Five different methods of preparing pot for use in the kitchen are provided with step-by-step instructions, as well as advice on personalizing dosage and substituting ingredients to account for different tastes and medical conditions. The recipes include Bliss Balls, Butterscotch Blondies, Honey Chocolate Brownies, Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread, and Honey Pumpkin Bread. Lush, high-quality photographs of actual marijuana dishes grace nearly every page, making the book a delight for the eyes as well as the body.

  • The Cannabis Breeder's Bible

    The Cannabis Breeder's Bible:
    The Definitive Guide to Marijuana Genetics, Cannabis Botany
    and Creating Strains for the Seed Market

    Greg Green (Illustrated Edition, 14 April 2005: 352pp)

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    The Cannabis Breeder's Bible offers real-world, professional techniques for breeding primo pot and gives precise growing information for 60 popular marijuana varieties. The book covers new hybridization techniques, international seed law issues, protecting new breeds or strains from knockoff artists, shipping seeds and clones, breeding lab designs, product testing, primordial cannabis, landrace and lost strains, common mutations, and more. This useful guide also features a wealth of photographs, instructive illustrations, and in-depth interviews with breeders and seed bank professionals.

  • Organic Marijuana, Soma Style: The Pleasures Of Cultivating Connoisseur Cannabis

    Organic Marijuana, Soma Style:
    The Pleasures Of Cultivating Connoisseur Cannabis

    Soma, Quick American Archives (18 April 2005; 128pp)

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    Soma has become synonymous with a mindful approach to cannabis gardening and an earth-friendly lifestyle. Soma's varieties of marijuana are considered legendary and have been big winners at the most reputable harvest festivals of Europe. Now for the first time, he shares the philosophy and methods that distinguish him as a world-class breeder of cannabis in one concise volume. Essays include detailed advice on organic approaches to growing the plant and address the specific needs of sophisticated connoisseurs and enthusiasts. Two full-color sections of Soma's lush photography reveal the colorful beauty and range of the cannabis plant. Perfectly suited to the home grower, Soma's advice is inspiring and informative, emphasizing the sublime qualities of marijuana's flavor and effects when grown in optimal conditions.

  • The Feel Good Cookbook: For Medical Maijuana Patients

    The Feel Good Cookbook: For Medical Maijuana Patients

    Robert M. Appleton and Sue M. Watson (14 July 2004; 124pp)

    Amazon.ca |  Amazon.com (8 Customer Reviews)

    This cook book is filled with delicious recipes that will delight your taste buds and stir up the "chef" within you. Also, for a grin, we've included some crazy facts, and several illogical pot laws, past and present. In addition, we added a few interesting illustrations describing the abundant uses of hemp. You may be surprised to learn the truths about medical marijuana, including the short and long term effects on our minds and bodies. These recipes are the healthy choice for patients in pain. ARRESTING THE PAIN, NOT THE PATIENT.

  • Ask Ed: Marijuana Gold: Trash to Stash

    Ask Ed: Marijuana Gold: Trash to Stash

    Ed Rosenthal (Illustrated Edition, 12 December 2002: 112pp)

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    Often, parts of the marijuana plant such as leaf or trim are discarded because they are lower in THC content and unappetizing to smoke. The second title in the Ask Ed series, Marijuana Gold: Trash to Stash shows how to rescue these unused parts of the plant by processing them to increase concentration, or by using alternate methods of consumption to rescue them from inadvertent waste. With photographs, illustrations and his usual expertise, Ed Rosenthal tells you how to get the most mileage from a personal stash.

  • Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine

    Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine
    Revised and Expanded Edition

    Lester Grinspoon (2nd Ed., 25 August 1997: 320pp)

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    In this important and timely book, two eminent researchers describe the medical benefits of marihuana, explain why its use has been forbidden, and argue for its full legalization to make it available to all patients who need it. Highly praised when it was first published in 1993, the book has been expanded to include new examples of the ways that marihuana alleviates symptoms of cancer chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, glaucoma, AIDS, and depression, as well as symptoms of such less common disorders as Crohn's disease, diabetic gastroparesis, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    From Lester Grinspoon, Marijuana as wonder drug. The Boston Globe. 1 March 2007.

    [...] Of course, our knowledge has advanced greatly over the years. Scientists have identified over 60 unique constituents in marijuana, called cannabinoids, and we have learned much about how they work. We have also learned that our own bodies produce similar chemicals, called endocannabinoids.

    The mountain of accumulated anecdotal evidence that pointed the way to the present and other clinical studies also strongly suggests there are a number of other devastating disorders and symptoms for which marijuana has been used for centuries; they deserve the same kind of careful, methodologically sound research. While few such studies have so far been completed, all have lent weight to what medicine already knew but had largely forgotten or ignored: Marijuana is effective at relieving nausea and vomiting, spasticity, appetite loss, certain types of pain, and other debilitating symptoms. And it is extraordinarily safe -- safer than most medicines prescribed every day. If marijuana were a new discovery rather than a well-known substance carrying cultural and political baggage, it would be hailed as a wonder drug.

    The pharmaceutical industry is scrambling to isolate cannabinoids and synthesize analogs, and to package them in non-smokable forms. In time, companies will almost certainly come up with products and delivery systems that are more useful and less expensive than herbal marijuana. However, the analogs they have produced so far are more expensive than herbal marijuana, and none has shown any improvement over the plant nature gave us to take orally or to smoke. [...]

  • Cooking With Cannabis

    Cooking With Cannabis:
    The Most Effective Methods of Preparing Food and
    Drink with Marijuana, Hashish, and Hash Oil

    Adam Gottlieb (Third Edition, 1994:67pp. Reprint)

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    To derive the best and most economical results from cannabinated cuisine, we must keep in mind several facts about the physical and chemical nature of cannabis and how it is broken down and absorbed in the digestive tract.