Cannabis for Seniors
by Doc Beverly Potter
Ronin Publishing

"...using cannabis stimulates flow of blood to the right frontal and left temporal lobes"

For those who always wanted to know about cannabis but were afraid to ask, this is the guide for them. For example, readers learn that one can't mainline cannabis because it isn't water-soluble. One can, however, eat it, smoke it, or vape it. Potter even explains what vaping is to the uninitiated. The author also makes a substantial case for using cannabis to help reduce opioid use. She writes, "Much of pain—depression, anxiety—is controlled by the mind and by your attention to it." Cannabis may reduce one's perception of pain in order to help reduce the pain medicines currently prescribed. "...It is not so much as being ‘high’—as it is of the mind drifting... off of aches and pains, to another place and in the process we experience relief."

According to Potter, cannabis is not addictive and is not a gateway drug, so one can safely try it temporarily, chart the changes, and see over time if it helps them. There are even useful tips in the book about how to record impressions because cannabis is subtle; it isn't going to be life-changing or hallucinogenic. There is a treasure trove of science, not just impressions, quoted in the book, too. For instance, "...Dr. Yosef Sarne discovered that low doses of THC have a significant impact on cell signaling, preventing cell death and promoting growth factors."

This is a great guide for new potential users who are perhaps not ready to discuss the subject with their doctor or family. But even the word "user" is loaded with judgment. Potter reminds all that nowadays, cannabis is available on store shelves—in some places only as CBD—but still accepted as a helpful remedy for many ailments. From CBD to THC concentrates, Potter educates the cannabis curious, old and new.

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