Marijuana, la medicina proibita
"The rejection of any source of evidence is always a betrayal of that underlying rationalism that pushes science forward as well as philosophy"
Alfred North Whitehead Authors: Lester Grinspoon and James B. Bakalar
For centuries, patients and doctors have found marijuana to be a highly effective medicine. Declared illegal in the United States more than fifty years ago, it alleviates the symptoms of certain diseases such as glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, migraines and offers relief from nausea, pain and muscle spasms. However, although cannabis is considerably less harmful than tobacco and alcohol, it is still considered dangerous. In recent years, however, the way of understanding marijuana has been overturned both in public opinion and in the sentences of some judges, including Italians.
In this book the authors, after twenty years of research, tell the long history of the medical use of this "drug", reporting patient testimonies describing not only the benefits of marijuana but also the unjustified difficulties due to the prohibitionist regime.
The debate following recent judgments is also increasingly heated in Italy.
ix - Preface to the Italian edition
xv - Preface
1 - History of cannabis
2 - Cannabis as a medicine
- Plastic chemotherapy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Chronic pains
- Menstrual pains and labor pains
- Depression and other emotional disorders
- Other medical uses
- In defense of anecdotal evidence
3 - Assess the risks
4 - The medicine of the past and the future
Pages : 228, format 14x21 cm., Printed on FSC paper.
Lester Grinspoon is Doctor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
James B. Bakalar is Associate Editor of Harvard Mental Health Lette r and a lecturer in law in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.