By David Casarett
A physician discovers the marvelous fact approximately marijuana
No substance on the earth is as hotly debated as marijuana. rivals declare it's harmful, addictive, carcinogenic, and a gateway to severe drug abuse. enthusiasts declare it as a ask yourself drug, treating melanoma, anorexia, AIDS, continual discomfort, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines, PTSD, and insomnia. sufferers struggling with those stipulations need—and deserve—hard evidence in keeping with scientific proof, no longer hysteria and superstition.
In Stoned, palliative care doctor Dr. David Casarett units out to do anything—including experimenting on himself—to locate proof of marijuana's scientific capability. He smears mysterious marijuana paste on his legs and samples pot wine. He poses as a sufferer at a seedy California sanatorium and takes classes from an artisanal hash maker. In conversations with researchers, medical professionals, and sufferers worldwide he learns how marijuana works—and doesn't—in the genuine world.
Dr. Casarett finds stories of near-miraculous good fortune, corresponding to a toddler with power seizures who eventually chanced on aid in cannabidiol oil. In Tel Aviv, he learns of a nursing domestic that's stumbled on good fortune giving marijuana to dementia sufferers. nonetheless, one sufferer who believed marijuana cured her lung melanoma has in actual fact been misled. As Casarett sifts the parable and incorrect information from the clinical proof, he explains, between different things:
• Why marijuana should be the simplest remedy choice for a few forms of pain
• Why there's no major hazard of lung harm from smoking pot
• Why so much marijuana-infused beer or wine won't get you high
Often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and whole of counterintuitive conclusions, Stoned bargains a compassionate and much-needed clinical practitioner's point of view at the strength of this misunderstood plant.