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A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana
David Casarett

No substance on earth is as hotly debated as marijuana. Opponents claim it's dangerous, addictive, carcinogenic and a gateway to serious drug abuse. Fans claim it as a wonder drug, treating cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines, PTSD and insomnia. Patients suffering from these conditions need - and deserve - hard facts based on medical evidence, not hysteria and superstition.

In STONED, palliative care doctor Dr. David Casarett, sets out to do anything - including experimenting on himself - to find evidence of marijuana's medical potential. He smears mysterious marijuana paste on his legs and samples pot wine. He poses as a patient at a seedy California clinic and takes lessons from an artisanal hash maker. In conversations with researchers, doctors and patients around the world, he learns how marijuana works - and doesn't - in the real world.

As Casarett sifts the myth and misinformation from the scientific evidence, he explains, among other things:

· Why marijuana might be the best treatment option for some
types of pain
· Why there's no significant risk of lung damage from smoking pot
· Why most marijuana-infused beer or wine won't get you high

Often humorous, occasionally heartbreaking and full of counterintuitive conclusions, STONED offers a compassionate and much-needed medical practitioner's perspective on the potential of this misunderstood plant.

Dr. Casarett unearths tales of near-miraculous success, such as a child with chronic seizures who finally found relief in cannabidiol oil. In Tel Aviv, he learns of a nursing home that's found success giving marijuana to dementia patients. On the other hand, one patient who believed marijuana cured her lung cancer has clearly been misled.

More Information
  • Published : 14/07/2015
  • ISBN : 9781591847670
  • Format : Hardback
  • Imprint : Current
  • Size (mm): 152 x 229
  • Category: Drugs
  • Pages : 290
  • Edition : Reissue