Mindful Education: Uwe Blesching’s Thoughtful Look at the Plant

Author Uwe Blesching would like to be part of the solution in finally ending the failed War on Drugs, via education, science, and mindfulness.

    “The medical element of cannabis has always held a sense of wonder for me,” Blesching shared from his home in Berkeley, California. “It’s an easy argument to make that all cannabis use is medicinal. The mind-body science is only now coming together. Neurotransmitters and hormones have a strong correlation with plant compounds – and the endocannabinoid system is the bridge.”

The negative stigma of cannabis developed from the failed War on Drugs, and the misinformation that followed, he said, are the biggest obstacles to change; and changing your mindset leads to leaving the stigma behind and embracing the healing happening globally. 

    Read the full article from September 17, 2019 in High Times written by Sharon Letts:

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Expect Hard Science at Santa Barbara Medical Cannabis Expo

Two Doctors Will Discuss Treatment of Cancer and Opioid Addiction:

    Two lightbulb moments led the two keynote speakers at the upcoming Santa Barbara Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo into their respective fields. 

    Dr. Uwe Blesching, a researcher studying how marijuana can treat chronic pain and break patients’ dependence on opioids, was inspired when he was a San Francisco paramedic in the mid-1990s. He helped revive an attorney who had overdosed on heroin and later confided he’d been shooting up for years to cope with his mental-health issues and had also used cannabis to curb his pain.

    For Dr. Joe Goldstrich, a go-to consulting physician for oncologists looking to augment their cancer treatments with cannabis, the bulb flickered at a Denver medical conference in 2014. A presenter displayed the brain stems of two patients who had used only cannabis to treat their brain cancer. In both cases, their tumors shrank dramatically.

    Read the full article from May 7, 2019 in the Santa Barbara Independent written by Tyler Hayden:


Top CBD Books: Favorite, Must-Read Books on Cannabidiol and Cannabis

Want to learn more about CBD? Ready to upgrade your knowledge on cannabidiol? Today, we’re highlighting some of the best CBD books you can read today.

    There are more CBD books available today than ever before. Thanks to the nationwide legalization of hemp and CBD, publishers are no longer scared to produce cannabidiol books. You can also find independent authors who have published their own eBooks through Amazon.

    You can find books about the CBD industry. You can read books written by researchers who discuss the health benefits of CBD. You can read books about running your own CBD business, or books about how cannabis has impacted the culture and history of humans for the last 5,000y ears.

    Whether interested in the politics, benefits, science, culture, or business of CBD, there’s a book for you. Here are some of our favorite cannabis and CBD books.

     Read the full article published by TIMES of CBD on June 11, 2019.                Written by Ella Hughes here:


North Atlantic Books Q&A with Uwe Blesching: Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction Using Cannabis

It’s not news that opioid use, misuse, and addiction have reached epidemic proportions. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids—more than enough to give every American adult his or her own bottle of pills. In the U.S., drug overdose has become the leading cause of accidental death, surpassing gun violence and even car accidents. With statistics like these on the rise, it’s particularly shocking that people struggling with addiction often fail to receive specialized treatment, even in some places at rates as high as 90%.

     As cannabis edges more and more mainstream, it’s time that we explore the profound healing benefits it can offer to those struggling with addiction or chronic pain. 

     Read the full article Posted by Bevin Donahue – July 24, 2018 here: 


Padula: A Summer Reading List for Cannabis Enthusiasts

Misinformation. It leads to misinterpretation -- then inevitably degrades into a confused, digital perception, void of tone or emotion. I’m not going political on you right now, as I know you’ve probably had your fill. I just want to quickly remind everyone about the importance of talking to each other. Opposing ideas remain unresolved when silent.

     I have a unique vantage point, one which has allowed a front row seat to the inner workings of the cannabis community that may be off-limits for some reporters who haven’t worked in the industry and aren’t familiar with the way things actually work. Do not mistake my tone as condescending; that couldn’t be any further from the truth. My goal is to find a way to dial the story back to the beginning, and offer a starting point for those left in the dust.

     Read the full review by Gregg Padula here

The Cannabis Health Index Aims To Be a Bible of Medical Marijuana

As cannabis becomes increasingly mainstream, comprehensive sources of information are emerging.

     Ever wanted to use weed to treat what ails you, but found yourself wading through multitudes of semi-convincing blog posts and abstracts for medical papers that require a subscription to view in full? You're not alone.

The good news is, as cannabis becomes increasingly mainstream, comprehensive sources of information are emerging.

     The Cannabis Health Index (North Atlantic Books, 660 pages, $20) is a new reference text by mind-body medicine author Uwe Blesching that combines evidence-based, scientific cannabis research with mindfulness techniques to help readers heal themselves of "100 chronic symptoms and diseases."

     Read the full article by Matt Stangel here

Book Review:

‘The Cannabis Health Index’

Book explores 100 different conditions and diseases that can be treated with cannabis.

     There was a time when cannabis books were, few and far between. They consisted mainly of cultivation books (almost all of them authored by Ed Rosenthal), a few cooking with cannabis titles and autobiographies of drug dealers. Then came the period where medical cannabis books began to appear but they were so outrageously priced that no one could afford them. But times have changed. At the recent 11th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in Berkeley, California the conference bookstore was overflowing with titles on all aspects of cannabis and, in particular, medical cannabis. ​

     Read the full review by Alice O’Leary-Randall here


Midwest Book Review:

Opioid addiction has exploded to epidemic proportions in the U.S. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids -- more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills. In "Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction: Supplement Your Pain Management with Cannabis", medical journalist and regular contributor to the cannabinoid health sciences, mind-body medicine, phytopharmacology, as well as evidence-based illness prevention and treatment protocols Uwe Blesching (who is also the author of The Cannabis Health Index), clearly and thoroughly lays out the overwhelming benefits of using cannabis, not only to reduce the nation's dependence on opioids, but also to manage the craving and withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction, and especially to address the pain that leads to drug use and addiction in the first place. Citing statistics showing that states allowing legal access to cannabis have seen a 25 percent drop in opioid-related deaths, Blesching explains how precision applications of cannabis can alleviate the mental and emotional aspects of pain by modulating numerous neurotransmitters and their emotional counterparts. He presents a convincing case for the powerful benefits of cannabis in reducing the risks of addiction and overdose, cutting monetary costs, and restoring a sense of balance and control to those who struggle with pain. A timely and invaluable contribution to the current national dialogue with respect to the present opioid addiction crisis, as well as the medical benefits of cannabis, "Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction" should be a part of ever community, college, and university library Contemporary Health Issues collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, governmental health care policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

     James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief and Diane C. Donovan, Editor

Book Review: ‘The Cannabis Health Index’

When it comes to researching the medical benefits of marijuana and how it can be used to treat your ailment, it is easy to get lost among the multitude of resources out there-some of which (like academic sources) require subscriptions to view. Ever since parts of the United States began to seize their state’s rights regarding the cultivation, distribution and usage of medical marijuana, more information is available than ever before. This is a fantastic development, not only for patients but for doctors, growers and advocates who wish to be a part of this process. However, you can end up wading through hours of questionable blog posts and resources that only present abstracts of these findings.

     Read the full review by Danielle Ludwig here