Marijuana: Medical Papers, 1839-1972 (Cannabis: Collected Clinical Papers)

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As a full-time research consultant at the N.I.M.H. Center of Narcotics and Drug Abuse Studies, Dr. Tod Mikuriya discovered just how much the English and American medical profession has known about cannabis for the past 130 years. Having access to priceless original documents, he has compiled this authoritative and fascinating collection of medical papers on

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As a full-time research consultant at the N.I.M.H. Center of Narcotics and Drug Abuse Studies, Dr. Tod Mikuriya discovered just how much the English and American medical profession has known about cannabis for the past 130 years. Having access to priceless original documents, he has compiled this authoritative and fascinating collection of medical papers on marijuana. From 1839, when the herb was first introduced into the Western pharmacopoeia, to present research with THC, the anthology offers rich insights into the whole social history of medicine. The studies published herein convey a wide variety of critical information, ranging from laboratory tests performed on animals and human subjects, to anthropological descriptions of marijuana use by African women during labor. A number of unusual and seldom-seen illustrations–from pharmaceutical catalogues in the days when Parke Davis and others marketed legal marijuana as a cure for coughs and corns–are both instructive and entertaining. In the section of clinical and pharmacological studies, a deep look is taken at the range of therapeutic effects attributed to a plant which has had prescribed medical uses for more than 2700 years, and is currently used by an estimated 250 million people. If not always conclusive, these studies nonetheless dramatically show that marijuana has potentially great medical value. The impressive accumulation of information regarding it has been unfortunately relegated to the dust bin for decades by puritanical legislators and medical practitioners ignorant or unheeding of existing scholarship in the field. The final chapter analyzes the reasons behind the 1937 Tax Act which outlawed the use of marijuana, driving it underground, and offers some disturbing conclusions based on hitherto unpublished official hearings and interviews with former government officials. Amidst the marijuana referendums, judicial challenges, and states vs. federal legislation, Marijuana: Medical Papers provides essential information–most of it never before available except in scarce, out-of-print medical journals–on a topic of tremendous current interest.

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Anonymous says:

Why You Should Buy and Read This Book Excellent compendium of historical medical literature, assay methods, and the author’s contemporary experience with successfully helping alcoholics substitute Cannabis for alcohol.The medical terminology has changed, the quality, purity, and composition of Cannabis can now be analyzed but these articles show clinical benefit in managing hospice/palliative care situations, spastic disorders, neuropathic and other types of pain, and convulsive disorfders. In essence how relief of…

Anonymous says:

I would love to see a sequel covering 1972 to the present No nonsense, informative, and thorough. Does not need to be read front-to-back. I would love to see a sequel covering 1972 to the present.

Anonymous says:

Fascinating and Enlightening First off, it needs to be emphasized that this is not really a book aimed at the casual reader (though it is accessibly-written) ; It does not offer simple statistics or glib summaries. This book is literally primarily a collection of medical research papers, which are generally written with those relatively well-versed in medicine in mind. However, that does not necessarily render them boring or clinical. The older papers are fun to read if for no other reason than the fact that the…

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