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Mindful Marijuana Smoking
Health Tips for Cannabis Smokers               


forthcoming July 2022

Foreword by Patricia C. Frye, MD

224 pages, hardback $30, eBook $28

Audible audiobook $35

Rowman & Littlefield 
An academic press that has published more

than 16 other scholarly books about cannabis  

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Learn how to smoke cannabis in a way that reduces its health risks.

        As an herbal remedy, cannabis can lift your mood and can treat a long list of ailments. But the way that we take a hit of pot needlessly takes a hit on our health.

 

        It is high time for health-conscious cannabis consumers to learn a new way of smoking through every phase of the cannabis smoking experience with health tips based on solid science. Whether with rolling papers, hand pipes, water pipes, or herbal vaporizers, each method of cannabinoid delivery has both risks and rewards.

 

        Chapters are devoted to each method so that you can learn how to maximize their benefits and reduce their hazards, as well as how to protect your health even before you take a puff. 

        Also, this book instructs how to assure an herb’s purity, as both black market and corporate cannabis keep dirty secrets about how they were grown, and readers will learn about the potential impurities in rolling papers and vaping oils.

 

        And after you’ve smoked, you’ll find guidance on why and how to relieve your parched mouth and to replenish nutrients that are depleted by smoking.

 

        Potheads and patients, tenderfoot tokers and seasoned stoners, dabbling dilettantes and cannabis connoisseurs, all need to read this book. By following its many health tips, when you light up, you can lighten up.

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Braunstein shares a wealth of knowledge on how patients and adult recreational users can maximize the benefits from smoking cannabis while reducing the risks. The author shares a lot of solid, evidence-based information, and I was not to be fooled by his lighthearted and pun-infused writing style, which made for an easy and enjoyable reading experience. The author’s personal journey with medical marijuana and his extensive research lend to illustrative and real-life examples of what to do to minimize the potential negative impact that smoking may have on one’s health. He is not just blowing smoke.

  —  Patricia C. Frye, MD, from her Foreword to Mindful Marijuana Smoking,

        and the author of The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health,

        and chairperson of the Committee on Education of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians

 

Mindful Marijuana Smoking is a very thorough evidence-based discussion of the many nuances of smoking cannabis. The book brings up innovative and exciting techniques of which some cannabis users may not be aware. The author’s wit and humor make the book a pleasure to read. All will find this a very informative and helpful guide to smoking cannabis!

  —  Genester Wilson-King, MD, vice president of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians

Braunstein provides an insightful manual on how to smoke marijuana with extensive details about its health considerations. Clearly, his robust health as a paraplegic since 1990 is largely due to this dedication to mindful smoking of marijuana. His years of experience using marijuana to treat the spasms of spinal cord injury has provided extensive empirical evidence to produce this masterpiece of health tips.

  —  Manuel Lizarralde, PhD, professor of ethnobotany at Connecticut College

Mindful Marijuana Smoking is not just everything you wanted to know about smoking marijuana healthfully, it is everything you need to know. From not holding your breath after you inhale, to using heat without combustion to get high, this little gem is a must have for those new to smoking as well as those who already do.

  —  Jeff Lowenfels, author of DIY Autoflowering Cannabis: An Easy Way to Grow Your Own

 

Despite the many health benefits of cannabis in all its forms, the majority of us still prefer to smoke it, yet “healthful smoking is an oxymoron,” writes Braunstein. The solution can be found in Mindful Marijuana Smoking, the bible for cannabis smokers who also care about their health. Crammed with facts, hard truths, and endnotes as well as personal anecdotes, ingenious quick fixes, and very useful information about every aspect of cannabis use and its potential health effects, Braunstein’s witty and entertaining writing style makes for a fun while eye-opening read about a beloved yet taboo indulgence. Learn to reduce your cannabis health risks without having to give up its rewards.

  —  Carol Bedrosian, editor of Spirit of Change Magazine

CONTENTS

 

Foreword by Patricia C. Frye, MD

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Clearing the Smoke from Cannabis

 

Part I: HEALTH TIPS: 10 Health Hacks and Healthful Safeguards

1. Breathe Easy: Mindful Breathing\

2. The Ignition System: Playing with Fire

3. Joints: Taking an Active Role with Rolling Papers

4. Hand Pipes: More than Just a Pipe Dream

5. Water Pipes: The Big Bong Theory

6. Herbal Vaporizers: Don’t Go Up in Smoke

7. Seeking Purity: Keeping Your Drugs Off Drugs

8. Preserving Potency: Evading Ephemerality

9. Water Cure & Green Diet: Every Mouthful Counts

10. Don’t Worry! When You Light Up, Lighten Up

Part II: HEALTH RISKS: The Downside of Getting High

 

11. Cough It Up! Putting Lungs on the Line

12. Heartbreaking News: Elevated Blood Pressure & Heartbeat

 

Works Cited

Notes

Index

Excerpts -- the first 2 pages of several of the chapters

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BREATHE EASY  (1MB PDF )

The number-one health tip for cannabis smokers is also the easiest. This is an excerpt from Chapter 1

of Mindful Marijuana Smoking.

 

Spirit of Change magazine - Spring 2020 issue

also view or download from the magazine's website 

BIBLIOGRAPHY  with active links to full texts

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ACTIVE LINKS 19-page PDF of active links to all of the bibliographic endnote citations in the hardbound book