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Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness: An Essential Guide for Using Nature’s Medicine To Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Inflammation, and More

Ten Speed: Crown. Jun. 2019. 176p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781984856852. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781984856869. HEALTH
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Sherman, cofounder of a women’s wellness and cannabis network, and osteopathic physician Chin, chief medical officer of MedLeafRX, aim to destigmatize cannabis use and correct misconceptions in this beautifully designed quick read. As with other recent cannabis-use titles (e.g., Nikki Furrer’s A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis), this work provides an overview of cannabis’s chemical compounds without a chemistry lesson, and the authors don’t assume prior knowledge in that area. They also cover conditions best treated with cannabis and CBD, their efficacy, and even a brief history of cannabis use. Exceptional photography and personal narratives of cannabis and CBD improving users’ lives, including the authors’, adds to the overall tone of high-end health and wellness centers. Of note is the short section “Why Cannabis Was Made Illegal,” which pointedly describes the racial and political underpinnings that led to cannabis being outlawed, as well as why many readers may feel a stigma attached to cannabis use.
VERDICT This gorgeously arranged work rectifies misconceptions and reframes cannabis as a potent and relatively safe medicine. A solid choice for cannabis-hesitant readers interested in learning more about its medical use.

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