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"The Benefits of Marijuana: Physical, Psychological & Spiritual". Joan Bello, 1997.
A personal account of a medical cannabis patient who withstood several years in prison for defying the law. She discusses the politics of prohibition and the effect cannabis has on the body, the mind, and the spirit.

"Licit and Illicit Drugs; The Consumers Union Report on Narcotics, Stimulants, Depressants, Inhalants, Hallucinogens, and Marijuana". Edward M. Brecher (Editor), 1972
An excellent source for historical information on the development of attitudes towards drugs and the role they play in society. A straightforward, non-technical presentation of the psychological and biological actions of various drugs, and the effects of current drug policies.

"Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis" British Medical Association (Editor), David R. Morgan (Editor), C. Ashton (Editor), 1998.
A recent comprehensive review of the therapeutic potential of cannabis by the British Medical Association. Includes in-depth discussions on pharmacology, specific therapeutic uses, adverse effects in clinical use, dosage and future prospects.

"Hemp for Health: The Medicinal and Nutritional Uses of Cannabis Sativa " Chris Conrad, 1997.
Addresses the relationship of the cannabis plant to human physiology. Describes how cannabis can relieve glaucoma, epilepsy, migraines, insomnia, asthma, the nausea associated with AIDS and chemotherapy, and many other illnesses. Includes usage information taken from various cultures throughout history.

"Hashish!" Robert Connell Clarke, 1998.
Contains scholarly information about hashish history and cultures, traditional and contemporary manufacture and consumption, production innovations, the science of hashish, as well as many color photographs.

"Marijuana Botany" Robert Connell Clarke, 1991.
The foremost book on cannabis breeding with specific information on propagation, genetics, taxonomy, and cannabinoids.

"Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine" Lester Grinspoon, James B. Bakalar, 1997.
A thorough description of the medical benefits of cannabis by two Harvard researchers, who explain why cannabis use has been forbidden. This revised updated edition includes research findings that have occurred since original publication in 1993.

"Marihuana Reconsidered" Lester Grinspoon, 1994.
An examination of many of the common misconceptions about cannabis. Discusses the role, past and present, of cannabis in society as well as the more scientific subjects of chemistry and pharmacology.

"Medical Marijuana: The Science Beyond the Controversy" Alison Mack, Janet Joy, 1999.
Not yet published.

"The New Prescription: Marijuana as Medicine" Martin Martinez, Francis Podrebarar, 2000.
Not yet published.

"Cannabis in Medical Practice: A Legal, Historical and Pharmacological Overview of the Therapeutic Use of Marijuana" Mary Lynn Mathre (Editor), 1997.
A nonpolitical discussion of the therapeutic value of cannabis by legal, medical, and scientific professionals. Includes detailed history of use and pharmacology sections followed by information about specific illnesses.

"Marijuana: Medical Papers, 1839-1972"
Tod H. Mikuriya (Editor), 1973.

A classic compilation of 24 scientific papers dating from 1839 to 1972 describing personal experiences, therapeutic applications, clinical studies, chemical and pharmacological studies, and social origins of cannabis.

"Marijuana Rx: The Patients' Fight for Medicinal Pot"
Alice M. O'Leary, 1998.

Part history, part biography, part expose, Marijuana Rx recounts the legal battles, public triumphs, and individual tragedies that have marked the long and ongoing struggle for legalization of cannabis for medicinal use.

"Cancer Treatment & Marijuana Therapy : Marijuana's Use in the Reduction of Nausea and Vomiting and for Appetite Stimulation in Cancer Patients". R. C. Randall (Editor), 1990.
Testimony and affidavits of patients and doctors from hearings before the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and personalized accounts of medical cannabis use. Randall is an attorney and medical cannabis user who has written several books on this general subject.

"Muscle Spasm, Pain & Marijuana Therapy: Testimony from Federal and State Court Proceedings on Marijuana's Medical Use"
R.C. Randall (Editor), 1991.

Includes testimony and affidavits of patients and doctors from hearings before the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state courts. Personalized accounts of medical cannabis use provide an excellent reference for patients considering use of this medication.

"Marijuana Medical Handbook: A Guide to Therapeutic Use"
Ed Rosenthal, 1997.

A basic reference for people with minimal cannabis exposure who would like to know about its medical value, safety, side effects, legal standing, and botany.

"Marijuana: Its Effects on Mind and Body"
Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs. Series1, Solomon H. Snyder (Editor), 1991.

Examines the scientific, social, and personal aspects of cannabis--its history, cultural impact, psychological and physical effects, dangers, legal status, and the pros and cons of legalization.

"Marijuana Chemistry: Genetics, Processing & Potency"
Michael Starks, 1990.

Explains the various psychoactive constituents of cannabis, with discussions on growth conditions, harvesting, processing, and methods of ingestion. New edition contains updates based on recent research.

"Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence"
Lynn Zimmer, 1997.

Contains comprehensive summaries and discussions of many scientific studies regarding the positive and negative aspects of cannabis use. A useful primer and research guide for anyone interested in drug policy literature.

"Is Marijuana the Right Medicine for You? A Factual Guide to Medical Uses of Marijuana"
Bill Zimmerman, 1998.

Designed to provide information to novice patients and caregivers interested in using cannabis for the relief of a medical condition who cannot obtain satisfactory information from their doctors.

"Hemp Diseases and Pests: Management and Biological Control"
J M McPartland, R C Clarke and D P Watson. 2000

Hemp Diseases and Pests: Management and Biological Control" by J M McPartland, R C Clarke and D P Watson. 2000. The three sections address crop biology, diseases and pests of cannabis and finally their control. The book is clearly laid out with a section designed to help the reader identify the pest or disease damaging a crop. Essential reading for hemp cultivators and growers, researchers in plant pathology and botanists. ISBN 0 85199 454 7. CABO Publishing.

"Marihuana, Biological Effects: Analysis, Metabolism, Cellular Respiration"
Satellite Symposium on Marihuana, 1979.

A collection of over 50 scientific papers covering specific aspects of the biological effects of cannabis including cellular metabolism, reproductive effects, neural effects, and pharmacokinetics.