The Science of Marijuana Paperback – Oct 15 2001
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"Iversen has written an excellent, well-balanced, non-specialist book covering both the biological and social aspects of cannabis. I strongly recommend it" --Nature
"Not only could healthcare professionals, counselors, and researchers utilize this book as an excellent resource, the non-scientific public would find this book highly readable and insightful. With accurate documentation (over 170 references), the author provide readers with sufficient factual information uponwhich to formulate educated opinions on the issues surrounding marijuana as medicine and marijuana in our culture." --Doody's
"This is by far one of the best books that discusses marijuana in terms of its use throughout the world."--AIDS Book Review Journal
"A remarkably well-balanced volume that provides the scientific background for the current debate on marijuana use.... A treasure trove of information about the history of marijuana use and legislation, and it effectively summarizes in lay terms the cannabinoid research that now offers a potential scientific foundation for medical, political, and legal decisions about marijuana." --Science
"Advances in cannabis research, particularly in neuroscience, are admirably described and critically discussed in this book by Leslie Iverson, an eminent pharmacologist with wide experiences both in academia and in industry. He presents the history, biology and medical aspects of cannabis with a critical eye, and superb writing style. Iverson's analysis of the "medical marijuana" issues and of the trend towards legalization is even-handed. He has written a well-balanced, non-specialist book covering both the biological and social aspects of cannabis." - Nature, Vol 407, September 2000
"The 'science' in this text includes history, economics, and some anthropology, as well as the chemistry and pharmacology of marijuana. Of particular interest are sections that discuss the brain's cannabinoid receptor and endogenous cannabinoids, while a review of marijuana's medical uses and possible health risks is very helpful. The book provides a broad, balanced review of this controversial drug and could help bring some light into an area long obscured by entrenched biases." - Guy Lord, MD, Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health, March 2001
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Additionally, he glosses over the very real and known physical and mental health risks associated with heavy chronic marijuana smoking. ... His perspective is that of scientist concerned with the effects of THC, rather than mine, as a physician concerned with the mental and physical health of children who seek my help. I generally agree with his conclusions, that cannabis may have some potential for therapeutic use if we can find a way to dissociate its adverse effects and its habit-forming potential from its therapeutic effects. However, the current science is far from achieving such a goal. It concerns me that Dr. Iversen has left a very vital branch of biomedical science out of his review, namely, the epidemiology, comorbidity, and health consequences of cannabis abuse and dependence. While it is true that most people who smoke pot occasionally are probably not going to become addicted or escalate use into more dangerous drugs, it remains the major "gateway drug" by which adolescents are introduced into the addictive downward spiral that can destroy their lives, if they are one of the unfortunate who are biologically predisposed to addiction. The failure to review the science of cannabis dependence and the substantial scientific literature on the psychobiology of addictive behavior is the only major shortcoming of an otherwise fascinating book.
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