Imagine that there is an effective treatment for dozens of serious ailments—from cancer and Parkinson’s disease to headaches and depression. Now imagine that the government is preventing you from using it because it is derived from a controversial herb. Cannabis, more commonly called marijuana, is still looked upon by many people as a social evil; yet, scientific evidence clearly shows the compounds it contains can reduce, halt, and in many cases, reverse some of our most serious health conditions. In Healing with Medical Marijuana, best-selling author and medical researcher Dr. Mark Sircus has written a clear guide to understanding the power of the cannabis plant in combating numerous disorders.
In the early 1930s, cannabis extract was legally available throughout the United States. However, as the public’s perception of marijuana was often linked to violence, crime, and deviant behavior, the Federal Government outlawed its use in 1937. From that point on, using marijuana was considered a crime—an illegal offense that carried stiff penalties, including jail time. And yet, although the United States had deemed cannabis an illegal narcotic, many other countries began doing scientific research on this herb, studying its remarkable medicinal qualities. Healing with Medical Marijuanaprovides a fascinating look at these studies, showing just how effective the compounds found in cannabis can be in treating a wide range of illnesses and conditions. It also examines the laws that continue to prevent its use in the United States.
While more and more states are now legalizing medical marijuana as a safe and effective treatment method, the controversy continues to block its use for the majority of the population—in spite of the relief it can provide. For those who may be unable to obtain medical marijuana to treat their individual conditions, this book is designed to provide options that can offer the much-needed help they are seeking.
"A great big handful. That's how many pills you take each day. Two for symptom relief. One for pain now, one later. Some to stave off anticipated maladies, and one for . . . well, you don't know what for. It'd be simpler if you only had one medicine to take, so read Healing with Medical Marijuanaby Dr. Mark Sircus . . . and you might find relief . . . [the book] show[s] that marijuana is useful in treatment of allergies, dementia, ALS, appetite loss, inflammation, Parkinson's Disease, pain of all sorts, AIDS, epilepsy, PTSD, and other afflictions . . . it's about time that nation-wide laws and lawmakers catch up with what marijuana users and medical personnel already know."—The Bookworm Sez (nationally syndicated review columnist)
"Dr. Sircus has written a clear guide to understanding the power of the cannabis plant in combating numerous disorders . . . [e]xceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented . . . a timely and informative contribution to the on-going national discussion which has seen more and more states are now legalizing medical marijuana as a safe and effective treatment method. Especially recommended reading for those who may be unable to obtain medical marijuana to treat their individual conditions in their particular state of residence . . . specifically designed to provide options that can offer the much-needed help they are seeking . . . unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library Medical Marijuana reference collections."—Midwest Book Review, "Reviewer's Bookwatch" - Clint Travis, reviewer
Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P) was trained in acupuncture and Oriental medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Santa Fe and the School of Traditional Medicine of New England in Boston. He also served at the Central Public Hospital of Pochutla, Mexico. He is part of the Scientific Advisory and Research Development team of the Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine.