Cannabis Use Survey: Confessions, Insights, and Opinions

Cannabis Use Survey: Confessions, Insights, and Opinions

by Laurie K Mischley, Michelle Sexton

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Overview

Sixty percent of the American public agree that cannabis use should be removed from the criminal justice system and regulated like alcohol and tobacco. However, few public health issues remain as contentious. The information we all hear is conflicting. Is cannabis addictive? Does it interfere with memory? Can it cure cancer? Does it destroy ambition or treat anxiety?


As practitioners of naturopathic medicine, Doctors Laurie K. Mischley and Michelle Sexton hear many first-hand accounts of experiences with cannabis. Curious to see if their patients’ views represented those of the wider public, they sought the opinions of users worldwide.


www.CannabisSurvey.org was developed to give individuals who use cannabis a voice and an opportunity to provide anonymous feedback to researchers, policy-makers, and healthcare providers.


At the end of the survey, cannabis users were asked “Is there anything else you think we should know?” Cannabis Use Survey is the collection of the first 1324 people who had something to say. This book contains the raw data: uncensored and unedited responses of cannabis users. Readers can experience the full impact of the frustration or appreciation of users, while also getting a feel for the education and life experience of cannabis users at large.


These stories may serve as a means to better understand a loved one’s point of view, make an informed decision about cannabis use, or simply feel solidarity with likeminded users. Drs. Sexton and Mischley offer neither conclusions nor judgments, and they welcome the lively discussion that is sure to follow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603816151
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2016
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Laurie K Mischley, ND PhD MPH studied naturopathic medicine (ND) at Bastyr University and epidemiology (MPH) and nutritional sciences (PhD) at the University of Washington. Her work is focused on identifying the nutritional requirements unique to individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. She has published on coenzyme Q10, lithium, and glutathione deficiency in Parkinson's Disease (PD).
As a clinical researcher, she has worked with the FDA, NIH, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation to administer intranasal glutathione, (in)GSH, to individuals with PD. Drawing on expertise in radiology, epidemiology, nutrition, neurology, and naturopathic medicine, she is attempting to determine whether (in)GSH boosts brain glutathione and improves health.
She has served on the Bastyr University Institutional Review Board since 2010 and regularly provides integrative medicine research mentorship to students. She founded the Social Purpose Corporation, NeurRx, developed an outcome measure to assess PD severity, www.PROPD.org, and is author of the book Natural Therapies for Parkinson's Disease.
Dr. Mischley maintains a small clinical practice at Seattle Integrative Medicine focused on nutrition and neurological health.

Dr. Michelle Sexton received her ND from Bastyr University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is the Medical Research Director at the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy. Her NIH-funded pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research was on the topic of the pharmacology of cannabinoids and the role of the endocannabinoid system in neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. Her postdoctoral project was investigating the potential role of cannabis use on endocannabinoids and inflammatory markers in patients with Multiple Sclerosis.
Dr. Sexton serves as an editor and technical advisor for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Cannabis Monograph. Dr. Sexton has presented her research internationally and is published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Sexton's clinical practice, research and teaching focus includes treating clinical endocannabinoid deficiency and the medical use of cannabis across a range of conditions and age groups. She is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, the International Association of Cannabinoid Medicine and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. She maintains a small medical practice in San Diego, CA.

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61. Before I had medical cannabis, my life was a painful existence. I was on a lot of prescriptions (20 different types) that really didn't help with the pain, nausea, or muscle spasm and kept me very tired/drowsy. my memory barely worked if at all. some of the prescriptions were for side effects of my main prescriptions, but they had side effects of there own. I was in college and a young mother at the time which made it harder for me to do the thing things I needed to do. I found my compassionate doctor through a friend, who thought medical cannabis would help me. I was desperate to get my life back and to be able to remember anything more then a few seconds. So I tried medical cannabis for the first time in my life after getting my first medical cannabis patient card. I was able to eat and keep the food down, I was able to sleep, my nightmares mostly left, my body stopped jerking, and my migraine finally left after 2 years of suffering within minutes. I gained weight which was good since I was 90lbs and dropping before medical cannabis. that's roughly 40 lbs under weight for me. Within 6 months after starting medical cannabis, I went from 20 Rx pills to 1. I could think clearly once again and remember what I had learned in class and my kids when they were little. One of my conditions is PTSD, medical cannabis has helped me greatly. not just with consuming it, but growing it. In my state you can grow your own or have a grower. In short medical cannabis didn't only give me back my life, it gave me back the quality of life.

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