24 Apr Review. ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Medical Cannabis’ by Prof. Michael Barnes

There was just one word which came immediately to mind as I began to read this book – clear. It is a paragon of clarity and although I am very familiar with Mike’s writing, in personal emails as well as published works, he has exceeded my expectations and this is a truly excellent book.

In fact, I think it undersells itself. It is far from a ‘beginner’s guide’, it is a definitive guide and without overcomplicating anything, it covers everything of importance, accurately and clearly. There is also a place for a more technical guide but that is for a tiny audience. If doctors would read this book it would provide them with everything they need to know and a lot more than they do know about many drugs they prescribe every day.

It provides an excellent explantion of what cannabis is and how it works and a very practical guide to the endocannabinoid system. It looks at which medical conditions cannabis can help with, side effects, drug interactions and the legal position in different parts of the world. It also covers the history of cannabis and its prohibition.

Mike is unerringly accurate and I couldn’t find the slightest thing that I disagreed with, which is extremely unusual for a pedant like me. The proof reading leaves a lot to be desired and this is something I have noticed in several recently published books. It seems to be something publishers are skimping on. So while there’s no need to die in a ditch for it, mistakes like this, on page 111, are best avoided: “Wild cannabis, sometimes known as feral cannabis or dickweed[sic]…”

I hope Mike will forgive me when I say that this book really does make the truth about cannabis clear. Buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beginners-Guide-Medical-Cannabis-Guides/dp/1912798069