Marijuana Medicine

A World Tour of the Healing and Visionary Powers of Cannabis
By (author) Christian Rätsch

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Marijuana Medicine
A World Tour of the Healing and Visionary Powers of Cannabis
By (author) Christian Rätsch

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Pages : 224

Book Size : 8 x 10

ISBN-13 : 9780892819331

Imprint : Healing Arts Press

On Sale Date : March 01, 2001

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : Includes 16-page color insert and 150 b&w ilustrations

Cannabis has accompanied the development of human culture from its very beginnings. Christian Ratsch profiles the medicinal, historical, and cultural uses of cannabis throughout the world and includes remedies and recipes for using cannabis to treat specific conditions.
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About Marijuana Medicine

A comprehensive survey of the therapeutic, historical, and cultural uses of cannabis in traditions around the world.


• The most complete visual record of cannabis culture ever published.


• Christian Ratsch is one of the world's foremost ethnopharmacologists and is the current president of the German Society for Ethnomedicine.


Marijuana Medicine explores the role of hemp in medicinal systems spanning the globe. Cannabis has accompanied the development of human culture from its very beginnings and can be found in the healing traditions of cultures throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Even today it is an important part of many Asian healing traditions: in Ayurveda cannabis is praised for its tonic and aphrodisiac qualities and in traditional Chinese medicine it is cited as a superb antidepressant. It also remains a significant part of the healing and visionary traditions of Latin American curanderos and Brazilian, Nepalese, and Indian folk medicine. Modern research has confirmed the effectiveness of marijuana's application in treating such diseases as asthma and glaucoma. Christian Ratsch profiles the medicinal, historical, and cultural uses of cannabis in each of these societies and medical systems, providing remedies and recipes for those interested in how cannabis can be used to treat specific conditions. 

Table of Contents

Table of content


Foreword by Dr. Lester Grinspoon

Foreword by Dr. William A. Emboden


Preface

Translator's Note

Acknowledgments

Introduction


Bum Shankar!
Ma
Kamanin
Vijaya
Bhanga
Myan rtsi spras
Kancha
Penka
Nascha
Azallu-Qannapu
Smsmt
Kannabion--Cannabis
Hashish
Hanaf
De Hanf-Cannabus
Hempe
Distillates
Home Remedies
Dagga
Kif
Ganja
Kinnickinik
Marijuana
Maconha
Dilutions
Dope
THC and Analogs
Perspectives for Hemp and World Health


Glossary

List of Diseases and Medical Systems

Hemp Substitutes

Organizations

Bibliography

Index
Author Bio
Christian Rätsch is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist.  A specialist in the cultural use of natural products, Rätsch has conducted fieldwork in many areas of the globe.  He is the author of numerous books, three of which--Gateway to Inner Space, The Dictionary of Sacred and Magical Plants, and Plants of Love--have been translated into English. He is currently serving as the president of the German Society for Ethnomedicine. 
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Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"The historical, medicinal, cultural, and visionary uses of marijuana (Cannabis sativa) in Africa, Asia, India, Europe, and the Americas is discussed in this visual tribute to a versatile plant. The dialog is clear and engaging, yet maintains a scientific approach. Complete with very good photography, this has to be the most complete pictorial and informative presentation of Cannabis."

American Herb Association



"Ratsch has produced a masterful overview, filled with an enormous scholarship."
The Book Reader, Spring/Summer 2001

"Marijuana Medicine is the most complete visual record of cannabis culture ever published"
Branches of Light, Spring/Summer 2001
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ETHNOBOTANY

Marijuana Medicine, the most complete visual record of cannabis culture ever published, explores the role of hemp in medicinal systems spanning the globe. Cannabis has accompanied the development of human culture from its very beginnings and can be found in the healing traditions of cultures throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Even today it is an important part of many Asian healing traditions: in Ayurveda cannabis is praised for its tonic and aphrodisiac qualities, and in traditional Chinese medicine it is cited as a superb antidepressant. It also remains a significant part of the healing and visionary traditions of Latin American curanderos and Brazilian, Nepalese, and Indian folk medicine. Modern research has confirmed the effectiveness of marijuana’s application in treating such diseases as asthma and glaucoma. Christian Rätsch profiles the medicinal, historical, and cultural uses of cannabis in each of these societies and medical systems, providing remedies and recipes for those interested in how it can be used to treat specific conditions.

CHRISTIAN RÄTSCH is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist. A specialist in the cultural use of natural products, Rätsch has conducted fieldwork in many areas of the globe. He is the author of numerous books, three of which--Gateway to Inner Space, The Dictionary of Sacred and Magical Plants, and Plants of Love--have been translated into English. He also is the author of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants. Rätsch is currently serving as the president of the German Society for Ethnomedicine.

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