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Grinspoon and Bakalar have compiled testimonials on the medicinal uses of marihuana for a variety of medical problems, including glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and the nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. These accounts dramatically illustrate marihuana's potential to alleviate suffering when traditionally prescribed medications have proved ineffective, but they also illustrate the great stress placed on these individuals and their families by using an illegal substance. Many people don't know how to obtain marihuana, can't afford it, and are fearful and resentful of being considered criminal for using it. The authors discuss social attitudes towards marihuana and the reasons why the drug was outlawed. They argue that making marihuana available on a prescription basis is unworkable and that its legalization is necessary to make it available to those who need it. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
- Kathleen McQuiston, Philadelphia Coll. of Pharmacy and Science
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (February 22, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300059949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300059946
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,719,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Czechoslovakia study found marijuana is useful in treating microbial ailments.
Leon Czikowsky
I've read lot's of books on the subject and if YOU have any questions on this subject, maybe you should open YOUR MIND and read some yourself!!
A Cajun
The authors argue that "it has become clear that cannabis is a remarkably versatile as well as a safe medicine".
LEON L CZIKOWSKY

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By wolfpack@cyberdude.com on January 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
During a Drugs and Society class at Northeastern University, my professor recommended this book as extra reading. The book ends all myths and disputes in regards to marijuana, and raises some serious questions about America's drug policies. Why would a substance that has been around before the age of men be illegal? It is because the synthetic drug manufactures cannot make any money off of it. What happened in 1937 that caused the U.S to condemn use of marijuana and prohibit it? Read the book, and then truly ask yourself how democratic the U.S really is.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
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I bought the book 6 days ago in Amherst and I'm already finished it as it is brilliantly written as it taught me alot of things I needed to know. It wakes you up to the real facts of marijuana for medicine and as a medical marijuana user,I realized that everything in the book is facts and truth.The doctor who wrote it is pure genius and I hope he follows up with another book as he has made the most positive changes in my life. Thank You Dr.Lester Grinspoon
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hopeful Mover on July 24, 1999
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I truly appreciate the heartfelt anecdotal cases that he presents. He does not say anything that I can disagree with, it is not that kind of a book. His scholarly approch to what cases it has been found useful is helpful to me because I practice in a state where it is legal for medical use, and I knew almost nothing. Robert P. Doughton MD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LEON L CZIKOWSKY on October 18, 2010
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The authors argue that "it has become clear that cannabis is a remarkably versatile as well as a safe medicine". Grinspoon began studying marijuana in 1967 with the preconceived notion it is harmful. He not only found it beneficial to health but predicts its legalization. He is concerned that many people are being imprisoned for using marijuana.

The intoxicating portion of marijuana comes from a resin produced by the female plan only during reproduction as a guard against heat and moisture. More resin is produced in areas with higher temperatures. The pure resin, charas, is hashish and is the most potent. Ganja is the flower top. Bhang is dried and crushed leaves, seeds, and stems and is half to a third the potency of ganja.

Marijuana plants contain 1 to 5% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is psychoactive and stimulates brain nerve receptors that control body movements. This reduces spasms and calms body movement pain. Marijuana was used as a medicine for at least 5,000 years in China. From 1840 to 1900, over 100 medical papers published findings of medicinal uses for marijuana. These articles found marijuana useful for relieving pain in many medical situations, asthma, postpartum psychosis, bronchitis, gonorrhea, and migraine prevention. A 1940s study in New York City found most myths about marijuana causing aggressive and antisocial behavior were false. A 1942 study indicated marijuana might be useful in treating depression, opiate addiction, and loss of appetite. Harry Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics denounced these 1940s studies as unscientific.

The military contracted with the Arthur D. Little Company to determine if there were any military uses for marijuana.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) on April 21, 2003
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Probing, illuminating, inspired insights from a qualified researcher and intellectual pioneer. A seminal cannabis tome to invigorate your library!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Cajun on May 25, 2010
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This book will OPEN your EYES, IF you read it with an OPEN MIND!!!
You need to look at this gentleman's credential's and know he's
NOT a young kid talking out of his a**. This man has FIRST hand
knowledge of this subject, having tested and in this book given
the results of YEARS of study and use of this NATURAL WEED(MEDICINE)!
I've got a friend, who is a judge, that see's cases before him that
involves alcohol and VERY seldom Marijuana. There's NO comparison
the different outcome between the two. There is NEVER a violent
reaction when Marijuana is used. Compare that to the use of Alcohol!!
A blind man could tell the difference of people using Alcohol and POT!
If you have NEVER tried POT. then don't judge it until you read this
book by a man that have studied it for many years. It's ALL about the
MONEY and JOBS involved in keeping Marijuana FORBIDDEN to us. I've
read lot's of books on the subject and if YOU have any questions on
this subject, maybe you should open YOUR MIND and read some yourself!!
DON'T take MY WORD for it, READ, LISTEN, ASK QUESTIONS, find out the
TRUTH once and for all!!!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2001
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Did you know that marijuana has plenty of medicinal usages. Most of the people would say no because of this crazy "war on drugs". But this time please don't "just say no" and spend some time to read the "forbidden facts" about hemp. A very well researched and written book on the medicinal usages of hemp.
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