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Marijuana on My Mind
The Science and Mystique of Cannabis

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  • Author: Timmen Cermak, Private Practice of Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry, California
  • Date Published: April 2022
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781009010894

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  • Marijuana is on everyone's mind. Why do so many people enjoy it? What is it doing in our brains? Is it safe for everyone to use? What should we be telling our children? What are the benefits of medical marijuana? How does CBD live up to its hype? Does marijuana have spiritual power? And with so much conflicting information out there, how do we begin to make up our own minds about cannabis? Marijuana on My Mind is for anyone who has ever experienced the mystique of cannabis or wondered exactly how cannabis works. With over 40 years of clinical experience, Dr Timmen Cermak uses science to make sense of the endless debate between advocates and opponents of cannabis and provides answers to some of the greatest mysteries surrounding marijuana.

    • The science of cannabis is explained in an accessible and engaging way, to educate readers into making informed decisions about their own personal use, as well as highlighting the particular dangers when used by adolescents
    • Provides a holistic perspective to 'Cannabis Culture', capturing the cultural, societal, spiritual and political issues involved
    • Uses the latest scientific research to give an overview of the proven medical benefits of marijuana, as well as consideration of its side-effects in clinical use
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    'This is a fascinating account, or rather series of accounts, of cannabis - both medical and recreational - written from the perspective of a doctor with extensive clinical experience. The various effects of cannabis, both good and bad are covered in a uniquely personal narrative that is both enjoyable and educational at the same time.' David Nutt FMedSci, author of Cannabis (Seeing Through the Smoke): The New Science of Cannabis and Your Health. Psychiatrist and Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London.

    'Beautifully written and cogently argued, Marijuana on My Mind interweaves the science and spirituality of cannabis in a book I would recommend to patients, scientists, students, religious leaders, and anyone wanting to learn more about the science of cannabis, its impact on the human body, and its ramifications for the body politic. A fascinating read from a world expert.' Anna Lembke, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence.

    'We needed a good, balanced, sensible and accessible book about cannabis and the brain, and here we have it. This book will help people understand the promise of cannabis as medicine, but also be aware of the potential dangers, particularly for the developing brain and for people with a predisposition to psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Readers will also appreciate that the hype about cannabis is not always backed up by the science, and that there is never a panacea for maladies of the mind.' David Castle, author of Marijuana and Madness, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada

    'In Timmen Cermak’s Marijuana on My Mind, the descriptor ‘the science and mystique of cannabis’ is aptly added to the title. To attempt to explain both the science of cannabinoids and touch upon the magic this important plant would dissuade most from trying but Dr. Cermak skillfully overcomes these challenges. This book is both enjoyable to read and yet filled with information and interesting anecdotes that the lay public and the mental health clinician urgently need to understand. The first six chapters brilliantly lay the necessary scientific foundation to understand the cannabinoid systems that is largely unknown to most. The next three chapters then tackle the important but frequently misunderstood topic of medical cannabis. Readers will especially appreciate Dr. Cermak organizing the scientific evidence into strong and preliminary categories and spending time to visit the important topic of CBD. The final chapter introduces timely topics of interest and controversy rarely discussed so clearly for anyone interested in the science and public health implications of the uses of cannabis.' Steven James, Pharmaceutical Physician Executive

    'Cermak has long been a student of cannabis and cannabinoids and has translated what he has learned into very readable texts. He is an excellent, clear writer - a wonderful teacher. He has also been a colleague of mine within professional societies, helping the California Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine develop evidence-based policy positions on cannabis. In Marijuana on My Mind: The Science and Mystique of Cannabis, he uses his usual comfortable style of writing to share scientific detail as well as personal impressions from years of work as a psychiatrist, treating patients with addiction and others, and treating patients who have offered him their self-reports of their own use of cannabis and cannabinoids. His chapters on CBD are some of the most balanced and informative I have read. I have recommended Tim’s previous books and I highly recommend this one.' Michael M. Miller, MD, DFASAM, DLFAPA, Past President, Amer Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

    'Marijuana on My Mind by Dr. Tim Cermak provides an honest, realistic, and personable account of cannabis. Dr. Cermak skillfully and artfully combines history, society, science, and storytelling to explain how and why cannabis affects the mind, brain, and body. He provides a balanced perspective devoid of scare tactics, explaining the health effects of cannabis while also explaining the beneficial role that medical marijuana may have on some people struggling with various medical conditions. He also gives a wonderful explanation of addiction, and addresses the stigma of addiction. This book is perfect for adolescents, families, educators, healthcare clinicians, and anyone else interested in truly understand how and why cannabis affects the human body.' Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and Founder and Executive Director, Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit

    'Marijuana on My Mind provides an authoritative yet entertaining and readable guide to understanding cannabis, the most controversial plant of modern times … Cermak dives deep into explicating how cannabis works on the brain, both how it produces the experience of being “high” and sets the stage for the consequences of over-use, including addiction. The culture and mystique surrounding cannabis use are addressed, as are its established and potential medical uses, with a constant eye on separating fact from fiction. Particular attention is paid to the problem of the misuse or overuse of cannabis, including how to spot it…and the long term consequences of use, as well as recovery from dependence on cannabis … This book is now the most definitive one on cannabis available to the general population, and is highly recommended …' Kim T. Mueser, Ph.D., Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Professor of Occupational Therapy and Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University

    'I enjoyed reading this book given the way it presents a vast, complicated topic in a practical, balanced way.' Aaron John Plattner, Doody's Notes

    'Well written and argued, this text provides a convincing, entertaining guide to understanding cannabis, considering both its use and misuse. Lightly referenced and illustrated with numerous historical, clinical, and personal anecdotes, this is an important, accessible contribution to the study of cannabis … Highly recommended.' G. B. Osborne, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781009010894
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 197 x 129 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Science and Mystique of Cannabis
    2. The Plant, Its History, and Products
    3. The Brain and Its Natural Cannabinoid Chemistry
    4. The Plant's Impact on the Brain and Experience
    5. Putting Cannabis in Perspective
    6. Cannabis Culture and Spirituality
    7. Medical Cannabis, Part I: Cannabinoids with Strong Scientific Evidence
    8. Medical Cannabis, Part II: Cannabinoids with Preliminary Scientific Evidence
    9. Medical Cannabis, Part III: CBD Facts, Fad, and Possibilities
    10. When Cannabinoid Receptors Disappear
    11. When Addiction Hijacks the Brain's Reward System
    12. Adolescents and Cannabis
    13. Further Consequences of Using Cannabis Too Frequently
    14. Treatment and Recovery
    15. Public Health and Politics
    Epilogue: The Future of Cannabis.

  • Author

    Timmen Cermak, Private Practice of Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry, California
    Dr Timmen Cermak is a retired addiction psychiatrist from California, with over 40 years' experience in clinical psychiatric practice. As Past-President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, co-founder of the National Association for Children of Addiction and board member on California's Cannabis Advisory Committee, he brings extensive experience from the forefront of addiction medicine. He is an experienced author of books on the science of marijuana. His previous book, From Bud to Brain: A Psychiatrists's View of Marijuana (2020) was described by CHOICE Reviews as 'well written and researched' providing a 'wealth of science-based evidence'. Tim believes cannabis can be enjoyed safely by most people, with the correct guidance and precautions, and hopes Marijuana on My Mind will provide the public with the information they need to make educated and informed decisions about their own use.

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