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Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana 1st Edition

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“A thoroughly researched analysis, Stoned brings welcome objectivity to an important but contentious topic. Casarett applies a unique mix of science, humanity, and even humor to effectively dispel common myths and misconceptions about medical marijuana. Stoned will be a valuable resource for patients, health-care providers, and policy makers.”
Nadine Strossen, former president, American Civil Liberties Union

“This well-researched and delightfully told chronicle humanizes the medical marijuana movement in a way that should move even the most skeptical reader. A master of clever analogy, Dr. Casarett now joins Dr. Sanjay Gupta as a prominent physician helping to mainstream medical marijuana so that someday even more may benefit from its therapeutic effects.”
Donald I. Abrams, M.D., chief, hematology-oncology, San Francisco General Hospital; professor of clinical medicine, University of California San Francisco

“A highly readable weaving of anecdote and evidence that confirms that marijuana is a medicine, a medicine that needs honest, unfettered research to properly exploit its benefits. Give a copy to a doubter.”
Clint Werner, author of Marijuana Gateway to Health

“A dramatic and accessible tale that combines interactions with front-line researchers and compelling patients to give readers an intriguing look at how to reason about this controversial plant.”
Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., board chair, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)

About the Author

DAVID CASARETT, M.D., the author of Shocked, is a physician, researcher, and tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. His studies have resulted in more than one hundred articles and book chapters, published in leading medical journals such as JAMA and The New England Journal of Medicine. His many awards include the prestigious U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He lives in Philadelphia.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Current; 1 edition (July 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591847672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591847670
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stoned is a hospice physician's attempt to move the subject of medical marijuana away from Cheech and Chong and review the existing science (and lack thereof) about what is in cannabis (much more than just THC), positive and negative effects for patients suffering from a variety of diseases, how the active compounds might best be delivered to these patients, assess what research is still needed, and the many difficulties inherent in cannabis research. Dr. Casarett offers the reader some sane, well-rounded research, analysis, discussion, and interviews, along with anecdotal observations and a pot brownie recipe in his efforts to answer the question of whether medical marijuana is both safe and efficacious. Dr. Casarett points out that the answers may be yes, no, maybe, or we don't really know, depending on the disease, pain, or symptom being treated, the physiology of the patient, what form the cannabis is in, and how it is delivered.

I was initially interested in this topic after Colorado passed Amendment 64, legalizing recreational marijuana at the same time my older son moved there. I found it interesting that Colorado went ahead with legalization, even before addressing some of the inherent difficulties, especially the financial and law enforcement ramifications. I'm especially interested in driving under the influence. We all recognize the terrible tolls that driving under the influence of alcohol may take and law enforcement has forensic tools to prove whether a driver is impaired or not, breathalyzer results and the indisputable blood alcohol level. The impairment of drivers under the influence of marijuana has been well-documented; tests of impairment due to marijuana are not quite so clear-cut.
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This book represents a fair start ... but we still have many-many more miles to go with legitimate, unbiased, open-minded researchers before we can claim the trial is ready for a national jury. Few subjects in the USA carry around as much useless, unfounded baggage as does opinions both pro & con on marijuana usage, recreational, medical or otherwise. "Stoned" throws interesting light on some of the common, as well as less common myths that are floating around out there. It would also be nice to have someone write a book about the many criminal reasons for "keeping marijuana illegal." (Paid-off judges, police, politicians, cartels, price gouging, etc.) As we have now witnessed in four states: Colorado, Alaska, Oregon & Washington - legalization was merely a matter of demographics. As more of the older-conservative element in our society dies off, and pious religious morality continues to wane among our younger citizens, so will the restrictions. This book offers some interesting perspective on these matters no matter which side you're on.
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Most informative book on this subject! I loved the tone of the author throughout the book. He is funny yet gives us a wealth of new and important information and brings up questions we should all be asking. I suffer from chronic neuropathic pain and so many people tell me I need to "just smoke some weed!" I'm not a smoker, never have been so, I've wanted anwers to questions about marijuana that no doctor or regular marijuana user has been able to answer. I'm tired of taking medication after medication that eventually stops working. I'm open to trying just about anything at this point, but not without research and at least a better idea of where to start. This book has helped me finally to have a better understanding of marijuana and it's complexity. I do feel comfortable with the decision I have made to start my journey with this "miracle" drug. I wouldn't have known where to even begin had I not read this book.
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“Stoned” is an episodic account of how a skeptical physician learned what is known about Cannabis, its idiosyncratic efficacy, its chemistry, its physiology, its morbidity and mortality risks, and it prospective future for synthesized medicine. The book is chatty enough to be read by interested lay persons and detailed enough to be of interest to biologists and chemists. (It would help to know a little about receptor proteins and hormones and how the same ones can carry different messages in different tissues.) The book tells how the herb is grown, harvested, and prepared. And the various ways it is consumed including the relative efficiency of each method of consumption. Casarett decries the lack of accurate counselling available to potential users, although his book addresses this problem pretty well. Dosage is problematic because the active ingredients are variable and cannot be assured. It may have significant interaction with other medications because it can slow down overall detoxification in the liver and thus increase the effective dose of the other medications. It is addictive, including withdrawal symptoms of clinical anxiety for habitual users. A heavy dose can render a user totally senseless for hours. Operating a car under the influence is extremely dangerous. Nonetheless it is often an effective antidote for nausea and a lack of appetite. Many have found relief from chronic pain and sleeplessness. It is anti-inflammatory. Two unexpected findings are that smoking it has no lasting effect on lungs and provides relief from asthma. For some it greatly decreases the frequency of seizures. Cannabis may even work epigenetically to turn on and off the synthesis of particular proteins. People with coronary heart disease, schizophrenia, or pregnant women are at increased risk of morbidity.Read more ›
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