Padula: A summer reading list for cannabis enthusiasts

Misinformation. It leads to misinterpretation — then inevitably degrades into a confused, digital perception, void of tone or emotion. I’m not going political on you right now, as I know you’ve probably had your fill. I just want to quickly remind everyone about the importance of talking to each other. Opposing ideas remain unresolved when silent.

I have a unique vantage point, one which has allowed a front row seat to the inner workings of the cannabis community that may be off-limits for some reporters who haven’t worked in the industry and aren’t familiar with the way things actually work. Do not mistake my tone as condescending; that couldn’t be any further from the truth. My goal is to find a way to dial the story back to the beginning, and offer a starting point for those left in the dust.

Many of you are interested in topics such as the non-psychoactive medicinal compounds found in cannabis, various forms of ingestion and dosage and suggestions on which strains are most beneficial for specific conditions. Based on your broad range of inquiries — and lamenting for hours over which three books can serve as a strong foundation for future activists and cannabis information seekers alike — this is what I came up with.

* “The Cannabis Health Index” by Uwe Blesching, PhD

* “Cannabis Pharmacy” by Michael Backes

* “The Cannabis Manifesto” by Steve D’Angelo

“The Cannabis Health Index” by Uwe Blesching, PhD, is a reference guide containing the findings of more than 1,000 cannabis-related case studies from the United States, exploring the potential benefits of cannabis in more than a hundred different ailments and diseases. At 632 pages, this may not be a sunny-day beach read, but it is an indispensable reference guide which should sit upon the shelves of physicians – not

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