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It provides a detailed review of a wide variety of areas related to this compound, from historical use, pharmacological actions of this substance, the scientific evidence supporting its medicinal properties, as well as the political and legal issues around its medical and recreational uses. Overall this is an excellent reference for a wide variety of individuals that would be a welcome addition to most libraries. (Doody's Notes)

The "Handbook of Cannabis" is clearly a labour of love. Prof. Pertwee is an international leading light in the study of cannabis and cannabinoids. He has recruited an extended list of contributors and sub-editors, who have managed a Herculean task of summarising the wealth and breadth of knowledge on cannabis and cannabinoids. This handbook will be a fantastic reference book for both researchers and those outside the area to obtain an authoritative summary on that topic. This book is a masterpiece! The contributions Roger Pertwee has made (namely his research on experimental multiple sclerosis and cannabinoids) are incredibly noteworthy. The "Handbook of Cannabis" contains contributions from many important international researchers, and I am delighted to commend the handbook, which will no doubt be a landmark in the field.

About the Author

Roger Pertwee has three degrees from the University of Oxford: MA (in biochemistry), D.Phil. (in pharmacology) and D.Sc. (in physiological sciences). He is Professor of Neuropharmacology at the University of Aberdeen, Director of Pharmacology for GW Pharmaceuticals, co-chairman of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Subcommittee on Cannabinoid Receptors, a co-ordinator of the British Pharmacological Society's Special Interest Group on Cannabinoids, and visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire. He has also served as chairman of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM; 2005-2007) and twice as President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS; 1997-1998; 2007-2008), and is currently ICRS International Secretary and also a member of the IACM board of directors.

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Perfect book on marijuana, including legal and health issues. 7 Feb. 2015
By B. Wolinsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had no idea how extensive this book would be. It begins with the history of cannabis, and its use in ancient medicine up to the present day. According to this book, physicians worldwide were discovering healthy uses for cannabis, treating menstrual headaches, arthritis, back pain, and urinary burning, thanks to this inexpensive plant. The next chapters discuss the chemical composition, the laws of cannabis, international regulations,

The Handbook Of Cannabis does, however, list the hazards. In all chapters, whether they discuss legal or natural issues, they go heavily into the dangers. In the chapters on international control and the chapter on dispensaries, we learn that the laws are often unclear. Firstly, the famous Netherlands marijuana cafes are not entirely legal. There are regulations on how much can be sold and to whom, and where they can open. In the USA, cities can make their own laws regarding where marijuana dispensaries or stores can open, and the cities can charge huge annual license fees to open. Another major issue is the source of the drug. Though it may be legal to sell marijuana in the Netherlands, it isn’t legal to import it, so the importation is in the hands of organized crime. In the USA, shipping marijuana from a grower state to one that legalizes the sale creates a Federal issue. If a truck carrying marijuana crosses through a state where it’s not legal, the driver could be charged with a crime. Sending it through US Mail might not be legal either, unless the Federal government comes to an agreement over “peaceable journey,” as it did for interstate transport of firearm.

I recommend this book for anyone who’s considering using marijuana, treating an illness with it, or planning to go into business selling it. The book covers all the issues of US and international laws, and the benefits of cannabis. The only thing missing is the agricultural issue of cannabis. Only a small section is devoted to growing, and that has to do with horticulture. The book doesn’t go into the aspects of mass cannabis farming, so if you want to know what kind of fertilizer to use, and what kind of grow lights to use, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

For anyone researching the medical, legal, and economic aspects of marijuana, this book is perfect.
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state-of-the-art and provide the reader with an easy read in all subjects relating to this plant - ... 28 Dec. 2014
By Donna Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A timely and authoritative treatise on the cannabis plant highlighting both existing and emerging science behind the cannabis plant, and the growing importance of plant medicine in mainstream health per se.

The topics covered are wide, state-of-the-art and provide the reader with an easy read in all subjects relating to this plant - and plant-derived medicine per se. Emerging topics such as 'synergistic' (combination herbal) medicine vs single target isolate drugs are also discussed in detail.

If you are currently researching the cannabis plant, the phytocannabinoids and their various mechanisms in the body, and the future of herbal medicine in treating disease - particularly inflammatory disorders - you will find Professor Pertwee's book an invaluable one-stop-resource.

It was a welcome resource whilst producing our own research for medical practitioners at www.graceandfuller.com.
Pertwee for this labor of love. 3 Nov. 2014
By Nishi Whiteley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is the most comprehensive book written on the topic of cannabis. It is a must-have for anyone who is truly interested in how and why cannabis works in the body and why it is such a safe, versatile and effective medicine. Dr. Pertwee has assembled the world’s foremost experts in cannabis science to deliver a book that is scientific and accessible to the laymen. Our organization, MyChronicRelief, has used this resource and others to create an online guide to cannabis at http://www.chronicrelief.com. Thank you Dr. Pertwee for this labor of love.
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