Hemp, Cannabis sativa, is one of the world's oldest sources of food and medicine, with a history that dates back ten thousand years. It relieves glaucoma, epilepsy, migraines, insomnia, asthma, the nausea associated with AIDS and chemotherapy, and a host of other conditions. It was once a staple in every American medicine cabinet, but because hemp is the plant from which marijuana is derived, it has been unavailable to consumers until recently. Now products made from imported hempseed are sold by stores and mail-order companies across the United States to satisfy a growing demand. Hemp for Health reveals the developments that have returned this ancient plant to the forefront of health and nutrition and that have doctors calling for its legalization.
The author provides everything from recipes using hempseed, and an analysis of cannabis's therapeutic effect on the nervous system, to current information on bills that are currently moving through several state legislatures to legalize domestic hemp production .
A driving force behind Proposition 215, Chris Conrad has been educating others on the benefits of hemp for nearly a decade. He is the founder of the Business Alliance for Commerce in Hemp and the author of Hemp: Lifeline to the Future. He lives in Northern California.
"One of marijuana's greatest advantages as a medicine is its remarkable safety."
– Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Journal of the American Medical Association
"Conrad presents a frank and compelling argument in favor of the medical use of marijuana. It is hard to imagine a more comprehensive and informative book on this issue. Herbal healers and enthusiasts would do well to acquaint themselves with Hemp for Health."
– Peg Aloi, The Herb Quarterly, Summer '99
"A most informative book on a highly controversial subject."