Recommended Books

Drugs & the Human Body
By Ken
This is a reliable reference addressing the effects of high-use, high-abuse drugs in America in a timely and straightforward fashion. It reflects up-to-date research throughout, including coverage of street, over-the-counter, and prescriptive drugs. Ideal for professionals in health and drug education, criminal justice, sociology, biology, and chemistry.

Licit and Illicit Drugs: The Consumers Union Report on Narcotics, Stimulants, Depressants, Inhalants, Hallucinogens, and Marijuana, including Caffeine
By Edward M. Brecher
This book offers comprehensive coverage of the history of social, political, and scientific developments of narcotics up to the early seventies.

Jeffrey's Journey
By Debbie Jeffries and LaRayne Jeffries
By age seven, Jeffrey had already been prescribed more than a dozen drugs to control his violent rages. Nothing had helped. Then state officials gave Jeffrey's mother an ultimatum: Find something to help your son or lose him to institutional lock-down. Extensive research convinced this conservative, Christian mother that medical marijuana could be her son's last hope. Jeffrey's Journey chronicles the success of Jeffrey's treatment, as well as the family's court battle defending their son's right to unconventional medicine. This family's story makes clear that, for parents, the need to relieve a child's suffering must transcend politics.

Marijuana Medical Handbook: A Guide to Therapeutic Use
By Ed Rosenthal, Dale Gieringer, and Tod Mikuriya, MD
Marijuana Medical Handbook is the only book written for people who have little or no experience with marijuana, but want an honest and informative account of its medical value, especially concerning symptoms related to cancer, AIDS/HIV, glaucoma, and many more ailments and illnesses. Marijuana is an invaluable and safe medical resource when used properly. Now everyone can explore its healing powers with confidence as the Marijuana Medical Handbook answers such serious questions as: What is marijuana's effect on the Body? What illnesses is is suitable for? How can you administer it safely? What are the real side effects? How can you guarantee a consistent supply? What are the legal consequences? The Marijuana Medical Handbook provides a comprehensive profile of the properties, effects, dangers, and uses of marijuana, along with a step-by-step guide to maintaining your own personal garden. The Marijuana Medical Handbook is an important reference guide and a valuable contribution to today's medical and political dialog affecting national and state laws and ordinances regarding marijuana and its medical applications. -- Midwest Book Review

Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine
By Lester Grinspoon, MD and James B. Bakalar, MD
Grinspoon and Bakalar have compiled testimonials on the medicinal uses of marihuana for a variety of medical problems, including glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and the nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. These accounts dramatically illustrate marihuana's potential to alleviate suffering when traditionally prescribed medications have proved ineffective, but they also illustrate the great stress placed on these individuals and their families by using an illegal substance. Many people don't know how to obtain marihuana, can't afford it, and are fearful and resentful of being considered criminal for using it. The authors discuss social attitudes towards marihuana and the reasons why the drug was outlawed. They argue that making marihuana available on a prescription basis is unworkable and that its legalization is necessary to make it available to those who need it. Recommended for public and academic libraries.- Kathleen McQuiston, Philadelphia Coll. of Pharmacy and Science

Marijuana, the new prohibition
By John Kaplan
"Marijuana: The New Prohibition reviews the history of marijuana, how in 1937, four years after Prohibition ended, Congress outlawed the sale, possession, and use of marijuana. Professor Kaplan points out that the measure of the wisdom of any law is the measure of its total social and financial costs and the benefits that derive from this outlay. This book is an attempt to measure the costs of the criminalization of marijuana and concludes that the costs far outweigh the benefits. [...] Dr. Kaplan then reviews in detail the evidence available against the use of and for the "criminalization" of marijuana, and finds it weak and flimsy. [...] Kaplan ends Marijuana: The New Prohibition with an analysis of the possible alternatives open to American society in dealing with marijuana and draws conclusions with which we may not agree, but presented with a clarity which we -are compelled to accept. Required reading for all physicians relating to young people, schools, colleges, or interjor social problems of the day." -Talcott Bates, MD

Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence
By Lynn Zimmer, PhD and John Morgan, MD
Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts provides reliable information about marijuana's effects on people. This book is for everyone interested in the drug itself, and for everyone concerned about people who use it.  It is for parents and adolescents, for school counselors and police officers, for drug treatment specialists and drug policy reformers. It is for people who love marijuana and people who hate it.
 Demons, Discrimination and Dollars: A Brief History of the Origins of American Drug Policy
By David Bearman, MD
This book offers a treatment of the history of drug policy in the United States as seen in the light of cultural, political, and economic developments from before the founding of our country down to the present time.

Cannabis in Medical Practice: A Legal, Historical and Pharmacological Overview of the Therapeutic Use of Marijuana
By Mary Lynn Mathre, RN
Straightforward and nonpoliticized information on the therapeutic uses of cannabis is provided here by medical, legal and scientific professionals. Legal issues, a world-wide history of therapeutic cannabis and a discussion of its pharmacology are covered. Specific medical uses are then examined, including its application for sufferers of cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, and seizure disorders, and its potential use in psychiatry. Dosages and administration of cannabis are explored, along with considerations on the use of the drug during pregnancy and the risks of addiction and dependency. 


Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential
By Franjo Grotenhermen, MD and Ethan Russo, MD
Presents an objective and comprehensive description of the state of the art of medicinal cannabis. Contains new and updated data based on international sources.


Cannabinomics: The Marijuana Policy Tipping Point
By Christopher Fichtner, MD
From medical renaissance to revolution, from drug war prohibition to public health, from economic reefer madness to recovery—trajectories in public policy are converging toward regulation and economic integration of the herbal cannabis trade. Dr. Fichtner offers the interpretation that “Americans are by and large ready for this change now but haven’t had the vocabulary to articulate it.” He looks at real life medical cases, recent trends in successful policy reform, drug war costs and the potential economic benefits of cannabis change.

Cannabis: A History
By Martin Booth
"In this definitive study, Martin Booth crafts a tale of medical advance, religious enlightenment, political subterfuge and human rights; of law enforcement and custom officers, cunning smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, musicians, and happy-go-lucky hippies and potheads. Booth chronicles the fascinating and often mystifying process through which cannabis, a relatively harmless substance, became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the devastating effect such legislation has on the global economy. Above all, he demonstrates how the case for decriminalization remains one of the twenty-first century's hottest topics."

Marihuana, the First Twelve Thousand Years
By Ernest L. Abel
"'Marijuana, the first twelve thousand years' is the single most complete and authorative work on the history of the genus Cannabis.  Abel presents his thorough and unbiased investigation of the history of drug Cannabis, as well as the even more ancient uses of Cannabis hemp as a source of edible seed and fiber for the manufacture of paper, rope, and textiles. The detailed explanations of the spread of hashish by the Arabs, and the introduction of hemp to the New World by European colonists, provide fascinating reading for historians and Cannabis aficionados alike. [...] Abel's sources span a wide range of disciplines, and are well referenced in an extensive bibliography.  A detailed index allows ready access to the many facts contained in the text. No Cannabis researchers, nor botanical libraries, could possibly consider their collections complete without including the extensive knowledge contained in Marijuana, the first twelve thousand years." -RCC, DPW & HvdW.

Cannabis Indications Scientific Aspects
By Martin Martinez