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Marijuana Medicine: A World Tour of the Healing and Visionary Powers of Cannabis Paperback – March 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892819332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892819331
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The historical, medicinal, cultural, and visionary uses of marijuana (Cannabis sativa) in Africa, Asia, India, Europe, and the Americas is discussed in this visual tribute to a versatile plant. The dialog is clear and engaging, yet maintains a scientific approach. Complete with very good photography, this has to be the most complete pictorial and informative presentation of Cannabis." (American Herb Association)

"Ratsch has produced a masterful overview, filled with an enormous scholarship." (The Book Reader, Spring/Summer 2001)

"Marijuana Medicine is the most complete visual record of cannabis culture ever published" (Branches of Light, Spring/Summer 2001)

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Marijuana Medicine, the most complete visual record of cannabis culture ever published, explores the role of hemp in medicinal systems spanning the globe. Cannabis has accompanied the development of human culture from its very beginnings and can be found in the healing traditions of cultures throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Even today it is an important part of many Asian healing traditions: in Ayurveda cannabis is praised for its tonic and aphrodisiac qualities, and in traditional Chinese medicine it is cited as a superb antidepressant. It also remains a significant part of the healing and visionary traditions of Latin American curanderos and Brazilian, Nepalese, and Indian folk medicine. Modern research has confirmed the effectiveness of marijuana’s application in treating such diseases as asthma and glaucoma. Christian Rätsch profiles the medicinal, historical, and cultural uses of cannabis in each of these societies and medical systems, providing remedies and recipes for those interested in how it can be used to treat specific conditions.

CHRISTIAN RÄTSCH is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist. A specialist in the cultural use of natural products, Rätsch has conducted fieldwork in many areas of the globe. He is the author of numerous books, three of which--Gateway to Inner Space, The Dictionary of Sacred and Magical Plants, and Plants of Love--have been translated into English. He also is the author of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants. Rätsch is currently serving as the president of the German Society for Ethnomedicine.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
This fascinating book considers the role of cannabis or hemp as medicine in a multitude of cultures from around the world. The author looks at the historical role and medicinal and cultural uses of hemp in these societies.
The introduction deals with botany, taxonomy, chemistry and pharmacology and also looks at the literature and research, providing an impressive bibliography.
Some of the interesting chapters include information on shamanism in Nepal, hemp in the Chinese herbal arts, Vijaya in Ayurvedic medicine, Bhanga in Indian and Nepalese folk medicine and the use of the plant in Africa and the Americas.
Each chapter includes recipes and remedies that contain hemp from these traditions for various disease conditions. The plant has a long history as herbal medicine with a multitude of applications.
The author discusses the German saint, seeress and musician Hildegard von Bingen and German medieval medicine, and provides one of her hemp containing remedies for stomachache. The role of hemp in Alchemy, Rastafarianism and Homeopathy is also investigated.
A list of diseases which hemp is used to treat is provided, from abdominal pains to wounds, whilst the bibliography includes books, articles, periodicals, multimedia and website addresses.
The text is enhanced by black and white illustrations whilst the beautiful full colour plates include botanical illustrations, photographs, paintings, album covers, T-shirts and buttons. There is also an impressive painting by Alex Grey of the hemp goddess.
The book includes a glossary of terms and concludes with an index. Every chapter has its own bibliography. This is a valuable reference and source book and provides a spellbinding read.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Marijuana Medicine provides a visual record of cannabis growing and its role in medicinal applications around the world, from Asian healing traditions to applications in Latin American and Indian folk medicine. Anthropology blends with medicine in this survey of how marijuana is used around the world.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gauri-Pahari Das on April 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book sheds light on ancient peoples all over the world using cannabis for theraputic reasons, including depression, anxiety, other mental problems and serious pain relief from all sorts of disease. Mythologically, It tells how Lord Shiva grasped the crecent moon and the cannabis plant from the churning of the ocean, and gave the charas (tips of the bud) to the suffering people in ancient India. And a plethora of other info from all over the world. Its an interesting, factual read. Its also a fun read with many good pictures.. Recommended for students and activists alike. Sheds new light on this beautiful plant with hundreds of uses that God gave us at the creation of earth. Its NOT a drug. Its a theraputic plant and here are no deaths ever recorded from cannabis overdose. Makes you ask WHY is t illegal? Well to name a couple---the cotton and oil industries would suffer hard. And our corrupt politics wouldnt want that. Get this its a wonderful book.
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