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Cannabis for Seniors (2017) by Beverly A. Potter

With seniors reportedly being main cannabis consumers, a book specifically for them. Addresses the ECS, cannabis plant components, cannabis misconceptions, how to administer cannabis medicine, conditions cannabis may treat and more.


CBD: A Patient's Guide to Medicinal Cannabis--Healing without the High (2017) by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum

This practical, accessible guide to using CBD-dominant cannabis contains a wealth of information for both first-time explorers and experienced patients who want to know more about safely treating a number of health conditions with remarkable results and low to no psychoactivity or negative side effects. CBD (cannabidiol) is a component of cannabis that can provide relief for conditions such as seizures, pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, arthritis, and a number of other issues. This book offers guidance on various forms of the medicine such as oil infusions, alcohol-based tinctures, capsules, and CO2 concentrated extracts. The information is organized by health condition and also by recommended CBD-rich strains, which do not produce the "highs" associated with THC. With dosage suggestions, potential side effects and contraindications, and the pharmacology of the plant, this is an essential guide for both doctors and patients looking for a nontoxic alternative to opiate-based pain medications and other pharmaceuticals.

Healing with Hemp CBD Oil: A Simple Guide to Using Powerful and Proven Health Benefits of CBD (2017) by Earl Mindell

The book begins by looking at the important role the hemp plant has played in both Eastern and Western societies as a source for paper, textiles, rope, and so much more. This is followed by a discussion of the science behind CBD’s medical benefits. The author then provides a consumer’s guide to buying hemp products―especially its oil and its CBD supplements―and offers an eye-opening examination of hemp’s legal status in the United States, from the 1900s to now. Finally, based on up-to-date studies, Dr. Mindell presents an A-to-Z guide to the many uses of hemp oil and CBD for various health conditions, from arthritis to depression to heart disease.

The Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Understanding, Medicating, and Cooking with Cannabis (2016) by Laurie Wolf and Mary Wolf

The use of medical marijuana has been a valuable resource in the treatment of various conditions. But for many, the stigma and misinformation surrounding the medical or recreational use of cannabis is a deterrent in trying it for themselves. Part reference guide, part cannabis cookbook, The Medical Marijuana Dispensary will arm you with everything you need to decide for yourself if medical marijuana is right for you.

· Knowledgeable guidance from medical marijuana experts Laurie Wolf and Mary Wolf, owners of the award-winning cannabis company Laurie & Mary Jane

· Evidence-based research and information supported by medical professionals, the medical marijuana community, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)

· Individual chapters for cannabis recipes and remedies including both sweet and savory edibles

· Essential information for incorporating cannabis use into your life such as safety guidelines, different cannabis strain profiles, and real patient testimonials

The Survivor's Guide to Medical Cannabis (2018) by Regina Nelson

It is an excellent patient resource and physician reference guide that has only been improved. As Nelson shares much has changed in the last three years and this excellent guide has more cannabis survivor stories. Nelson describes the endocannabinoid system (eCS) and phytocannabinoids (the cannabis sativa plant) in layman’s terms. She helps readers understand the importance of medical cannabis and how it can be helpful, but she doesn’t promise a cure. Instead, she describes in-depth how patients are using cannabis for nearly 100 terminal and chronic conditions; she even shares her own patient journey. Nelson has a direct but entertaining style and her science is well-referenced and on-target. She is not a medical doctor, but a social scientist and medical cannabis patient. Additionally, she is an International Educator and Researcher. 'The Survivor’s Guide to Medical Cannabis' has been extended to include a short chapter on sexual health as Dr. Nelson has recently announced she will be leading a cannabis product and sexual health study.


Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health (2018) by Patricia C. Frye with Dave Smitherman

Easy to understand terminology reviews history of cannabis in medicine and law, the cannabis plant and its components, and application of cannabis medicine to variety of conditions (with case studies from Dr. Frye’s practice in a cannabis telemedicine clinic).

Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally and Chronically Ill (2016) by Nishi Whitley with forward by Dr. Ethan Russo

Reviews chronic pain, marijuana history, how to navigate the journey of obtaining medical card (and breakdown terminology within MPP), the science of cannabis and how/when to use.


Healing with CBD: How Cannabidiol Can Transform Your Life (2018) by Eileen Konieczy and Lauren Wilson

Discusses history of cannabis, the ECS, the cannabinoids, and hones in on CBD (its use in 27 different conditions, how to administer, and dosage strategies).


Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook (2010)4

This book contains the latest knowledge, tools, and methods to grow great marijuana –indoors and out. Use the most efficient technology and save time, labor, and energy. Ed Rosenthal has been teaching people how to grow marijuana for more than 30 years. Let him help you cultivate bountiful buds and lots of them. With 500 pages of full color photos and illustrations, the book delivers all the basics that a novice grower needs, as well as scientific research for the experienced gardener. All aspects of cultivation are covered, from the selection of varieties, setting up of the garden, and through each stage of plant growth all the way to harvesting. Readers can link to Ed's research for additional information, photos, and equipment updates. Full color photographs throughout clarify instructions and show the stunning results possible with Ed's growing tips.


Ganja Yoga by Dee Dussault (2017)

Yogis have been using cannabis to enhance spiritual practice for millennia. Unfortunately, we’ve lost this tradition in the modern practice of yoga, and along with it the ability to truly relax, self-connect, and find peace. In Ganja Yoga, Dee Dussault, certified yoga instructor and the first person to bring ganja yoga classes to North America, finally takes this ancient tradition mainstream. Suitable for beginners and sages alike, Ganja Yoga will show you how to:

· Reap the benefits of cannabis’ scientifically proven effects on mental and physical conditions

·  Assume an altered state in a safe, energizing way

· Reconnect with the body and enjoy a form of exercise that is inwardly-focused and accessible to anyone

· Select the best setting, time, method of consumption, strains, poses, and breathing techniques to ensure an excellent experience

As cannabis is embraced more and more as a source of health and wellbeing, there is a growing cultural conversation about the role of the plant as part of a spiritual journey. Ganja Yoga is a welcoming guide through that process, offering a path to intentional relaxation that encourages meditation, movement, and awareness for a more stress-free, harmonious world.


Too High to Fail (2013) by Doug Fine

The nation's economy is in trouble, but one cash crop has the potential to turn it around: cannabis. ABC News reports that underground cannabis industry produces $35.8 billion in annual revenues. But, thanks to Nixon and the War on Drugs, marijuana is still synonymous with heroin on the federal level even though it has won mainstream acceptance. Too High to Fail is an objectively (if humorously) reported account of how one plant can change the shape of our country, culturally, politically, and economically. It covers everything from a brief history of hemp to an insider's perspective on a growing season in Mendocino County, where cannabis drives 80 percent of the economy. Doug Fine follows one plant from seed to patient in the first American county to fully legalize and regulate cannabis farming. He profiles a critical issue to lawmakers, media pundits, an ordinary Americans. It is a wild ride that includes college tuitions paid with cash, cannabis-friendly sheriffs, and access to the world of the emerging legitimate, taxpaying "ganjaprenneur."


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