Cannabis Use Survey, by Laurie K. Mischley and Michelle Sexton: Uncensored Feedback from Pot Users Worldwide

cannabis_surveyCannabis Use Survey: Confessions, Insights, and Opinions compiles the results of a survey designed by Drs. Laurie K. Mischley and Michelle Sexton ($15.95, 288 pages, 6×9 Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60381-615-1).

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“Cannabis Use Survey is utterly fascinating to browse from cover to cover.”  Read more….

—Clint’s Bookshelf, Midwest Book Review

Sixty percent of the American public agree that cannabis use should be removed from the criminal justice system and regulated like alcohol and tobacco. However, few public health issues remain as contentious. The information we all hear is conflicting. Is cannabis addictive? Does it interfere with memory? Can it cure cancer? Does it destroy ambition or treat anxiety?

As practitioners of naturopathic medicine, Doctors Laurie K. Mischley and Michelle Sexton hear many first-hand accounts of experiences with cannabis. Curious to see if their patients’ views represented those of the wider public, they sought the opinions of users worldwide.

www.CannabisSurvey.org was developed to give individuals who use cannabis a voice and an opportunity to provide anonymous feedback to researchers, policy-makers, and healthcare providers.

At the end of the survey, cannabis users were asked “Is there anything else you think we should know?” Cannabis Use Survey is the collection of the first 1324 people who had something to say. This book contains the raw data: uncensored and unedited responses of cannabis users. Readers can experience the full impact of the frustration or appreciation of users, while also getting a feel for the education and life experience of cannabis users at large.

These stories may serve as a means to better understand a loved one’s point of view, make an informed decision about cannabis use, or simply feel solidarity with like-minded users. Drs. Sexton and Mischley offer neither conclusions nor judgments, and they welcome the lively discussion that is sure to follow.

In her introduction, Sexton writes: “These stories point to a larger narrative, that of dissatisfaction with how healthcare is being delivered and the fallacy of single molecule medicine.” Writes Mischley: “The incongruance between what I was being taught by trusted authority figures and what I was observing for myself got under my skin. By college, I was determined to do my part to remedy the miscommunication between those who used cannabis and those who judged it.”

Michelle Sexton (photo by Sam Sabzehzar)

Michelle Sexton (photo by Sam Sabzehzar)

Michelle Sexton, ND, is currently the Medical Research Director at the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy. She maintains a small clinical practice in San Diego, CA. Dr. Sexton served as an editor and technical advisor for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Cannabis Monograph.

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Laurie K. Mischley

Laurie K. Mischley, ND, MPH, PhD, maintains a small clinical practice at Seattle Integrative Medicine. Her work focuses on identifying the nutritional requirements unique to individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. She is author of the book Natural Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease and has published on glutathione, coenzyme Q10, and lithium deficiency in Parkinson’s Disease.

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  1. Before I had medical cannabis, my life was a painful existence. I was on a lot of prescriptions (20 different types) that really didn’t help with the pain, nausea, or muscle spasm and kept me very tired/drowsy. my memory barely worked if at all. some of the prescriptions were for side effects of my main prescriptions, but they had side effects of there own. I was in college and a young mother at the time which made it harder for me to do the thing things I needed to do. I found my compassionate doctor through a friend, who thought medical cannabis would help me . I was desperate to get my life back and to be able to remember anything more then a few seconds. So I tried medical cannabis for the first time in my life after getting my first medical cannabis patient card. I was able to eat and keep the food down, I was able to sleep, my nightmares mostly left, my body stopped jerking, and my migraine finally left after 2 years of suffering within minutes. I gained weight which was good since I was 90lbs and dropping before medical cannabis. that’s roughly 40 lbs under weight for me. Within 6 months after starting medical cannabis, I went from 20 Rx pills to 1. I could think clearly once again and remember what I had learned in class and my kids when they were little. One of my conditions is PTSD, medical cannabis has helped me greatly. not just with consuming it, but growing it. In my state you can grow your own or have a grower. In short medical cannabis didn’t only give me back my life, it gave me back the quality of life.

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