A pro-marijuana book written by authors named Joy and Potter risks credibility questions, perhaps, but discerning guardians of the publics right to know will want to peruse it, at least. The book is in three sections. The first deals with the healing potential of cannabis psychoactivity and recent finding in mind/body medicine; the second shifts to a nuts-and-bolts focus on the preparation and use of the plant for medicinal purposes; and the third, specifically medical, includes discussions of specific afflictions. Marijuana is recommended as a remedy for arthritis, asthma, insomnia, and appetite loss, and as a palliative for glaucoma and other conditions. The chapter entitled The Healing Giggle effectively frames much of the discussion, for one of marijuanas primary healing attributes is as symptom reducer rather than cure, although to, say, glaucoma sufferers who cant tolerate conventional medicines (said to be as many as half of them), that distinction may be nugatory. Ultimately, this is a responsible, reasonable overview of medicinal cannabis. -- Mike Tribby-BookList 5/1/98
From the Back Cover
It's the High that Heals!
The Healing Magic of Cannabis unveils the secret at the heart of marijuana's medicinal power. Getting high engages the healing power of the mind, furthering health, vitality, and recovery.
The Healing Magic of Cannabis describes how to use cannabis, including preparation and hazards of smoking, along with recipes. Also covered are methods for making tinctures and topical applications, including the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The Healing Magic of Cannabis explains how cannabis alleviates pain, soothes discomfort, and can interfere with the biological progression of certain diseases. It provides clear information of cannabis' use for fifteen medical conditions and common ailments, from menstrual cramps, back pain, arthritis, and insomnia to epilepsy, AIDS, and withdrawal from addictive drugs.