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Cannabis (seeing through the smoke): The New Science of Cannabis and Your Health

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In David's first groundbreaking book on the subject, he will cover its impact of all areas of the body and the brain and its effective use for treatment of illness from chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and PTSD, to anxiety and depression. D. is a primary care physician and cannabis specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He was the clinical scientific lead on the 2004/5 UK Government Foresight initiative "Brain science, addiction and drugs" that provided a 25-year vision for this area of science and public policy. Cannabidiol-based medicines are often effective in rare and treatment-resistant epilepsies, including Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes 1, but whole plant extracts may be even more effective than pure cannabidiol.

In 2020/21, possession of cannabis was the main drug offence, accounting for 63 per cent of cases in England and Wales. And how many people die from cannabis, about 12 people (who only took cannabis and nothing else) every year. Readers will delight in the historical as well as the scientific focus brought to life by Grinspoon, whose roots and professional experience provide a unique and fascinating perspective. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Much needed mythbusting regarding the schizophrenia link (old and misleading study, large increase in use not followed by population wide increase in schizophrenia).In this balanced and measured investigation, Cannabis specialist and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School Dr. I’m sure if people want more detailed assessments they can find these online / in other texts and build on what this book already starts. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. Isn’t it strange that the fear mongering about cannabis and mental illness led to stronger forms of cannabis - but not a surprise.

In terms of content, the book makes a compelling argument in favour of reassessing the centrality of ‘gold standard’ RCTs (Randomised Controlled Trials) when it comes to the development of new medicines and treatments. What we need to acknowledge, and something that we have known since millennia is that cannabis can be a highly effective medicine.He's not so much interested in the recreational use of cannabis, except to point out that it is overall much less dangerous than tobacco or alcohol, but that the current predominance of skunk (largely home grown) is likely to mean that street cannabis is more harmful than it need be. The consequent lack of scientific studies into medical uses of the substance over recent decades is a huge and shameful loss to many suffering from pain and other conditions. Following in the family tradition - Grinspoon's father Lester wrote two seminal books on marijuana - Seeing Through the Smoke can help heal the scars left by the government’s failed war on cannabis.

The UK Government has persisted with prohibition policies, which … have not reduced the consumption of cannabis,” says Professor Nutt, and may exacerbate harms and fuel crime. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. A lot of information to take in, but good to have the facts rather than the fiction put about by media and the government. However, since being illegal, this has meant cannabis has become skunk (much stronger form of cannabis) and also led to spice. Whole genome analysis shows that the genes for cannabis use are the same for risk overdose psychosis,” he says.Peter Grinspoon is an ex-addict, marijuana enthusiast, and cannabis prescribing physician with a professional and moral obligation to know and tell the truth about cannabis’ relationship to driving, pregnancy, psychosis, autism, addiction, sleep, cancer, and much more. Definitely one to add to the library if you haven’t already – and the latest in a series of books from Professor Nutt, including ‘Drugs Without The Hot Air’ that have become compulsory reading for those involved in drug policy reform circles. As the world slowly but unstoppably moves away from a century of cannabis prohibition, this book acts as an indispensable guide to the past, present and future of cannabis and its uses across the globe.

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