The Medical Marijuana Guidebook: America’s First How-To Guide for Patients and Caregivers

July 27, 2017 - Comment

My doctor just recommended I try medical marijuana. Now what? Award-winning journalist David Downs gets this question all the time. Thanks to rapid advance of medical marijuana laws and research, Americans have entered a new era of treatment options for the toughest diseases. They have a lot of questions, and The Medical Marijuana Guidebook has

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My doctor just recommended I try medical marijuana. Now what? Award-winning journalist David Downs gets this question all the time. Thanks to rapid advance of medical marijuana laws and research, Americans have entered a new era of treatment options for the toughest diseases. They have a lot of questions, and The Medical Marijuana Guidebook has the answers. This book is the first concise, professional, mainstream how-to guide to legally and safely access medical cannabis.


The Medical Marijuana Guidebook covers:
The steps to obtaining a doctor’s recommendation for cannabis;
How to obtain a state medical marijuana ID card;
How to find a caregiver or dispensary;
Popular medical uses for marijuana;
Ways of using medical marijuana, including vaporizers, edibles, and tinctures;
Common dosages and popular strains;
Terms like TCH, CBD, indica and sativa, and the science behind the botanical.


David Downs is a best-selling author based in San Francisco. A Medill School of Journalism Fellow, Downs has written for WIRED, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Downs is the contributing author of the best-selling book Beyond Buds. A syndicated columnist, and editor, Downs is considered a national expert on cannabis science, policy, and culture, and has appeared on National Public Radio, and lectured at the University of California Berkeley.





“An excellent introductory manual for those seeking to navigate the dynamic, complex world of cannabis therapeutics.” -Martin A. Lee, director of Project CBD and author of Smoke Signals: A History of Marijuana



“David Downs does a great job of summarizing the most useful things to know about medical cannabis, both for the cannabis-experienced, and well as the cannabis-naive patient.” -Frank H. Lucido, MD, Berkeley, California



“Thousands of hours of research and decades of experience lie within the pages of this incredibly comprehensive guide. Patients and caregivers who need help navigating the world of medical marijuana need to pick this up.” -David Hua, founder of Y-Combinator-backed Meadow medical cannabis delivery, GetMeadow.com