Marijuana Medicine: A World Tour of the Healing and Visionary Powers of Cannabis

Marijuana Medicine: A World Tour of the Healing and Visionary Powers of Cannabis

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

American Herb Association
"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."
The Book Reader
"Ratsch has produced a masterful overview, filled with an enormous scholarship."
Branches of Light
"Marijuana Medicine is the most complete visual record of cannabis culture ever published"
From the Publisher
"Marijuana Medicine is the most complete visual record of cannabis culture ever published"

"Ratsch has produced a masterful overview, filled with an enormous scholarship."

"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."

Spring/Summer 2001 Branches of Light
"Marijuana Medicine is the most complete visual record of cannabis culture ever published"
Spring/Summer 2001 The Book Reader
"Ratsch has produced a masterful overview, filled with an enormous scholarship."
Booknews
This ethnohistorical study, first published in Germany in 1992, traces the medicinal uses of the cannabis plant by many people in many eras. Nine US states have now moved to legalize marijuana in the treatment of ailments such as cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma, putting the states at odds with a federal government that continues to forbid its use. Though the war on drugs makes the topic politically hot, R<:a>tsch's work is not a political treatise, but a cross-cultural survey that allows the facts (and the plant) to speak for themselves. He includes remedies and recipes in his profiles of the uses of cannabis across the globe. An anthropologist, R<:a>tsch is president of the German Society for Ethnomedicine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892819331
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

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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