Stoned

Stoned

A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Book - 2015
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Penguin Putnam
A doctor discovers the surprising truth about marijuana

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 physician 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.

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. 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.

Random House, Inc.
A physician’s exploration of the odd science of marijuana, and the industry that’s sprung up around it.

If you’re diagnosed with a serious illness today, there’s one thing you can look forward to: the ability to get stoned on legal, pharmaceutical-grade marijuana. The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in medical marijuana use, abetted by a new industry of farmers, distributors, manufacturers, and clinics that have created a need. But does pot really offer the medical benefits that its proponents promise? Or does it just make people feel good?

Dr. David Casarett, a highly respected researcher and professor of medicine, sets out to find answers firsthand. He visits dispensaries in California and Colorado; smears marijuana paste on his legs while trekking through Nepal; samples pot wine; learns how vaporizers work; and tries the purest kind of hash, known as “shatter.”

The result is a light-hearted and much-needed medical practitioner’s perspective on what marijuana is really good for, and whether the dangers outweigh the benefits.

Baker & Taylor
A doctor and professor delves into the medical benefits of marijuana by visiting dispensaries in California and Colorado, learning how vaporizers work, sampling pure hash, and walking through Nepal coated in marijuana paste.

Baker
& Taylor

The well-respected doctor, researcher, professor and author of Shocked delves into the medical benefits of marijuana by visiting dispensaries in California and Colorado, learning how vaporizers work, sampling pure hash and walking through Nepal coated in marijuana paste. 20,000 first printing.
"In Stoned, palliative care physician 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"--

Publisher: New York, New York : Current, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
ISBN: 9781591847670
1591847672
Branch Call Number: 362.295 C263s
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm

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rpavlacic
Jan 12, 2016

A balanced look at the issue of medical marijuana - its benefits as well as its drawbacks, and how it has genuinely helped many while leading others into a tragic belief of a cure from an incurable disease. It does say that there needs to be reliable drug trials and the proper balance between THC and CBD needs to be found to determine what would be therapeutic. The book also notes how easy it is to get a medical marijuana license in some states, as well as the wild west nature of the business where the drug is now totally legal. The author ultimately comes out in favour of the drug but lets the reader decide for oneself.

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rpavlacic
Jan 12, 2016

"The good news is that you can't fatally overdose on marijuana. There don't seem to be any CB1 or CB2 receptors in the brain stem, which controls important functions like breathing. So in theory, even massive amounts of marijuana shouldn't cause a fatal overdose in the same way that too much morphine would, for instance. That makes marijuana safer than other drugs like morphine in an overdose." - Author

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