Book Review – Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence
Many people recognize Marijuana as the world’s most popular illicit drug. However, many people are unaware of the history and facts surrounding marijuana. The recent push among may states to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes makes the plant worth looking at again. Despite its popularity and use among many people, marijuana remains largely misunderstood by both its advocates and its detractors.
There are two schools of thought among those that argue over marijuana. One side claims that marijuana is a dangerous gateway drug that leads to the use of harder and more addictive substances. The other side touts the many benefits of marijuana. Both sides use scientific evidence to prove their points. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?
In the book, Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence, author and Associate Professor of Clinical Science and Director of Clinical Training in Psychology, Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D. talks about the physical effects, psychological aspects, and the impact of marijuana.
He asks and answers these key questions:
What are the effects of using marijuana over time?
Is marijuana a gateway drug? Are smokers of marijuana more likely to abuse harder drugs like cocaine and heroine?
Is the marijuana of today stronger than ever, and if so, what is the impact?
Does it make sense to impose criminal penalties for marijuana?
The author looks at the facts and scientific evidence. He separates opinion, political debate, and societal views from the facts, in an objective manner.
If you are looking for a reputable source to learn more about marijuana, and answer the question, “is medicinal marijuana right for me?“, this is the book.