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The Benefits of Marijuana: Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Paperback – January 3, 2010
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"...The sort of book you can dip into at random, absorbing nonconsecutive sections at your leisure." -- High Times
"It is one of the most well-written, comprensive analysis of marijuana around today." -- Dick Cowan, former Director of NORML
"Well-written, consise, detailed and without any waffle, but easy to comprehend." -- Legalize Cannabis Campaign, England
... magnificent Book! This book is very well-written, detailed and without any waffle, but is easy for the layman to comprehend. -- Legalize Cannabis Campaign, London England:
Bello has incorporated everything of significance. She presents it all with balance, lucidity and a sort of calm spirituality. -- High Times, 2000
What is amazing is that the author presents her case without hyperbole; it makes sense. -- Marijuana Reform Initiative, 1997
most well-written, comprehensive analyses of marijuana - will be very useful. (Dick Cowan, former NORML DIRECTOR) -- NORML --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, the work oscillates from technical discussion of cannabinoids, with extracts from papers to later extracts from historical works on cannabis where it is recommended as a poultice for piles and hashish is recommended for gonorrhea with equal weight given to each extract. Many section read as such, were the reader has to defer the quality of the source. Should one lend equal weight to the 1975 "Marijuana Alert, ULCA Project" from the radio station KNBC, a 1996 Article in _High Times_, or a 2005 _Journal of Neuroscience_? All are listed in the Bibliography, but some quotes are not annotated, so you are left to guess. The quote from Aldus Huxley's fictional work _Island_ in Chapter 5 is set in the middle of a paragraph on Holistic Health as a counterpoint to Western Medicine. I really hope we are not setting Aldus Huxley as our western authority on medication!
While I tend to agree with most of the Author's points, again we oscillate from well quoted and researched points (i.e the early section on the ANS in Chapter 1) we end up in the land of conjecture, hearsay and "good ideas" towards the end of the book in Chapter 8 The Psychotherapeutic Effects of Marijuana Therapy.
Again, this is a positive review, I learned a lot, highlighted and underlined a lot and am passing it on, but I think _The Benefits of Marijuana: Physical, Psychological and Spiritual_ could use a good editor and another revision to round it out as a collection of the best marijuana facts, theories and Patient Testimonials.
The upside is that there is a great deal of more scientific information about how it treats a multitude of illnesses, and this is extremely useful. Her overall view is that even healthy people should really use weed on a regular, or even daily basis. She is passionate about this subject if nothing else. But I have a problem with this view in that it leaves out a very clear downside which I have seen personally in a few of my friends - weed, especially in excess, can take away your edge, that little bit of angst and aggression you need to get a lot of work done or fight a battle. The effect goes away when you give it up, but it's something to keep in mind, and probably one of the reasons it's still illegal in most places and why the Feds hate it. Would we be able to send a volunteer army to Iraq if all the 18 year olds were smoking weed? I wonder.
But overall, marijuana is something that humans really need, and the case studies at the end really bear that out. Prohibition is one of our government's worst ongoing policies, and this book provides more arguments why that is true. Worth reading.