Review: ‘Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana’

  Photo Credit: Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times

 

Photo Credit: Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times

At CannaBest Medical, our main focus is on the education and understanding of medical marijuana. We want to keep people informed about current medical marijuana research and hope to guide people towards achieving their perfect medical marijuana dosing regimen. Because of this, we are happy to tell you about the release of the book "Stoned," written by Dr. David Casarett, M.D., a physician at the University of Pennsylvania. 

The New York Times book review of "Stoned" says Casarett selflessly immerses "himself in the culture, science, and, yes, smoke of medical marijuana in order to unravel and report back on the truth behind the buzz." The report also says "he delivers a readable, absorbing and informative account, laudably minimizing the yucks and emphasizing the science, or at least as much as the data allow."

That being said, the book doesn't deliver as much information as you'd expect, due to the fact that there are relatively few existing clinical studies because of federal barriers and the lack of funding. In addition, Casarett says the plant is a pharmacological nightmare due to the fact its many cannabinoids vary widely among the different plant strains. The plant can be broken down into different materials and used in a variety of vehicles, but "the strength of these preparations varies, and individual reactions to them vary, and how relevant the studies of standardized preparations are to the contents of the average baggie is anyone's guess."

Dr. Casarett's book relies mainly on anecdotal evidence, which is unfortunately the sole basis for a lot of the claims surrounding the benefits of medicinal marijuana. That being said, the anecdotes provide human interest that make for an interesting read. The book was released in July of 2015 if you're interested in grabbing a copy, and if you're still not sure, you can read The New York Times' full book review or find excerpts from the book here