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5 Books on Medical Cannabis Worth Reading

5 Books on Medical Cannabis Worth Reading

As medical cannabis continues to gain respect as a legitimate medicine, cannabis-related literature is booming. There are hundreds of books on the subject, ranging from easy to read practical guides to scholarly textbooks and everything in between.

However, not all books are created equal, and the level of quality and research can vary enormously between titles, making it difficult for patients to get the facts they need to make an informed decision about their health and wellbeing.

We’re here to help. Here are five excellent books on medical cannabis that are actually worth reading:

1. Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease

Packed full of research, Clint Werner’s 2011 Marijuana Gateway to Health is a fantastic addition to your bookshelf, regardless of whether or not you’re a medical cannabis user. Although the title suggests a razor sharp focus, the book covers a lot of ground and is not exclusively focused on cancer and/or Alzheimer’s patients. In addition to detailing the medical benefits of medicinal cannabis, the book offers extensive insight into the history of cannabis as a form of therapy and the political factors that eventually led to its criminalization.

2. The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis

What this book lacks in physical size, it more than makes up for in quality information. Steve Elliott’s Little Black Book of Marijuana concisely covers the cultural and historical significance of cannabis before delving into its many medical applications. The book also acts as something of a cannabis index, as it refers to dozens of external sources (such as recipes, documentaries, articles and so on) and encourages you to check them out to expand your learning. The Little Black Book of Marijuana is proof that good things do come in small packages.

3. Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

As the name implies, Michael Backes’ Cannabis Pharmacy focuses primarily on the use of medical marijuana and is a must have for existing or prospective medicinal cannabis users. Unlike some books that tend to sensationalize and oversimplify the research, Cannabis Pharmacy relies on hard scientific evidence to discuss the benefits of medical cannabis and gives your practical advice on how you can incorporate it into your treatment. The most recent edition includes up to date information on dosing, e-cigarette designs, new cannabis strains and more. This is the perfect book for anyone interested in the science behind how and why medical cannabis works.

4. The Medical Cannabis Guidebook

Medical Cannabis Guidebook is a comprehensive roundup of almost everything we know about medical cannabis. Author Mel Thomas doesn’t beat around the bush and forgoes fancy phrasing in favor of easy to understand language – great news for anyone who wants the information without all the noise. Expect expert insight into which health conditions can be treated with medical cannabis and step by step instructions on how to do so. The book also features a number of case studies to give readers some insight into the real-world benefits of using medicinal cannabis.

5. The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness

One of the most well known books in the industry, The Cannabis Manifesto can be considered essential reading for anyone interested in medicinal cannabis. As the founder of the world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary, author Steve DeAngelo is more than qualified to answer all your most pressing questions. Drawing on extensive research, The Cannabis Manifesto takes you on a compelling journey into the world of medical cannabis, exploring its physical, mental and spiritual effects and how it is shaping the face of modern health and wellbeing.

Knowledge is power – particularly if you’re a medical cannabis user. By reading these books, you’ll be better equipped than ever to understand how medical cannabis works and how it might benefit you as a patient. Happy reading!

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5 books on medical cannabis worth reading to help medical cannabis patients make an informed decision about their health and wellbeing.

Educational books about cannabis

Here are some of our favorite books about everything from growing marijuana, to treating medical conditions with cannabis, to cooking with infused oils, to starting a cannabis business in the legal industry.

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Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs: A Scientific Analysis of Herbal Remedies for Psychiatric Conditions

by Ethan Russo, Virginia Tyler


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The Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Understanding, Medicating, and Cooking with Cannabis

by Laurie Wolf, Mary Wolf


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Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America


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Pot Culture: A-Z Guide to Stoner Language & Life

by Shirley Halperin, Steve Bloom


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Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific


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The Handbook of Cannabis Therapeutics: From Bench to Bedside (Haworth Series in Integrative Healing)

by Ethan Russo, Franjo Grotenhermen


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Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible


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Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts—Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines


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The Cannabis Spa At Home: How to Make Marijuana-Infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh, and More


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What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden


Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide To Growing Marijuana


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Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis

by Melissa Parks, Laurie Wolf


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A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis: Using Marijuana to Feel Better, Look Better, Sleep Better–and Get High Like a Lady


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The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life


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Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed and Business


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True Living Organics: The Ultimate Guide to Growing All-Natural Marijuana Indoors


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The Cannabis Health Index: Combining the Science of Medical Marijuana with Mindfulness Techniques To Heal 100 Chronic Symptoms and Diseases


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Cannabis: From Pariah to Prescription


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Cannabis Therapeutics in HIV/AIDS


Medical marijuana, marijuana politics,

Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential

by Ethan Russo, Franjo Grotenhermen


Medical marijuana, cannabis history, marijuana information, pharmacology, clinical use, toxicology

Marijuana: Growing Marijuana, A QuickStart Indoor And Outdoor Grower’s Guide For Medical And Personal Marijuana

by G. Keller & R. Moore


marijuana cultivation, growing cannabis, strains

Joint Tenancies: Property Leasing in Cannabis Commerce

by Michael N. Widener


Real Estate, Finance

The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness


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Too High To Fail


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DIY CBD Rich Hemp Oil Skin, Body & Beauty Care Products: Learn to Make Soap, Shampoo, Body Butter, Lotion & So Much More


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Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana


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The Pot Book: A Complete Guide To Cannabis


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The Emporer Wears No Clothes


Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business

by Christian Hageseth, Joseph D’Agnese


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Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana


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Cannabis: A History


Legalization, Marijuana Politics

Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution


industrial hemp, cannabis prohibition, cannabis history

Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen

by Coreen Carroll, Stephanie Hua


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Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America


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Big Book of Buds Greatest Hits: Marijuana Varieties from the World’s Best Breeders


Strains, Cultivation, Photographs

Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, from Dispensaries to Dinner Parties


Cannabis Culture, Etiquette

Marijuana Chemistry: Genetics, Processing, Potency


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The Analytical Chemistry of Cannabis

by Brian Thomas, Mahmoud ElSohly


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Marijuana Grower’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide for Medical and Personal Marijuana Cultivation


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How To Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High

by David Bienenstock


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Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking With Weed

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It’s Just A Plant: A Children’s Story About Marijuana


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The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana


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CBD Hemp Oil and Medical Cannabis: A practical guide to better health and relief from pain and anxiety


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Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations


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The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis: Concentrated Advice From 25 Industry Leaders


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High Minded Souls: Essays on the New World of Legal Cannabis for Health and Wellness


The Green Elephant

by Matthew Fogel, FNP; Elizabeth Fogel, FNP; & Jean-Paul Dedam, MD


Marijuana Business: How to Open and Successfully Run a Marijuana Dispensary and Grow Facility


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Small Spaces, Big Yields: A Quick-Start Guide to Yielding 12 or More Ounces Indoors


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The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis


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Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know

by Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, Mark A. R. Kleiman


Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier


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Cannabis Revealed: How the World’s Most Misunderstood Plant Is Healing Everything from Chronic Pain to Epilepsy

by Bonnie Goldstein, MD


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Hemp Oil and CBD: The Beginner’s Guide to Using CBD and Hemp Oil to Reduce Anxiety, Relieve Pain, and Ensure a Happier, Healthier Body


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Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis


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Medical Marijuana: A Clinical Handbook

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The Easy Cannabis Cookbook: 60+ Medical Marijuana Recipes


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