Learn how to smoke cannabis in a way that reduces the health risks of smoking.
As an herbal remedy, cannabis can lift your mood and can treat a long list of ailments. But the way that most of us take a hit of pot needlessly takes a hit on our health. It is high time for health-conscious cannabis consumers to learn a new way of smoking that reduces its risks. In Mindful Marijuana Smoking, Mark Mathew Braunstein offers sound advice on every phase of the cannabis smoking experience, presenting health tips based on solid science. Whether with rolling papers, hand pipes, waterpipes, or herbal vaporizers, each method of cannabinoid delivery has both risks and rewards. Chapters are devoted to each method so that you can learn how to maximize their benefits and reduce their hazards, as well as how to protect your health even before you take a puff. And once you’ve inhaled the smoke, this book assures you that you don’t need to hold your breath to reap all the benefits of cannabis.
Additionally, this book teaches readers how to assure an herb’s purity, as both black market and corporate cannabis keep dirty secrets about how they were grown, and readers will learn about the potential impurities in rolling papers and vaping oils. The stronger the dose, the less you need to toke, so you’ll find instructions on how to properly store cannabis to retain its potency. Finally, after you’ve smoked, you’ll find guidance on why and how to relieve your parched mouth and to replenish nutrients that are depleted by smoking. Potheads and patients, tenderfoot tokers and seasoned stoners, dabbling dilettantes and cannabis connoisseurs, all need to read this book. By following its many health tips, when you light up, you can lighten up.
Mark Mathew Braunstein is the author of five previous books on health, food, and drugs, including Microgreen Garden and Sprout Garden. He has also contributed many dozens of articles to glossy magazines such as Natural Health, Vegetarian Times, and Backpacker. The author of Good Girls on Bad Drugs, he is a bad boy on a good drug. As a paraplegic since 1990, his use of cannabis is medicinal for below the waist and is recreational above. He resides in Quaker Hill, CT. You can read his many articles and editorials about cannabis and medical marijuana at www.MarkBraunstein.org.
Introduction: Clearing the Smoke from Cannabis
Part One: HEALTH TIPS: 10 Health Hacks and Healthful Safeguards
1) Breathe Easy: Mindful Breathing
3) Joints: Taking an Active Role with Rolling Papers
4) Hand Pipes: More than Just a Pipe Dream
5) Waterpipes: The Big Bong Theory
6) Herbal Vaporizers: Don’t Go Up in Smoke
7) Seeking Purity: Keeping Your Drugs Off Drugs
8) Preserving Potency: Evading Ephemerality
9) Water Cure and Green Diet: When Every Mouthful Counts
10) Don’t Worry! When You Light Up, Lighten Up
Part Two: HEALTH RISKS: The Downside of Getting High
11) Cough It Up! Putting Lungs on the Line
12) Heartbreaking News: Elevated Blood Pressure and Heartbeat
About the Author
Mindful Marijuana Smoking by Mark Mathew Braunstein is not just everything you wanted to know about smoking marijuana healthfully, it is everything you need to know. From not holding your breath after you inhale, to using heat without combustion to get high, this little gem is a must have for those new to smoking as well as those who already do.
Mark Mathew Braunstein provides an insightful manual on how to smoke marijuana with extensive details about its health considerations. Clearly, his robust health as a paraplegic since 1990 is largely due to this dedication to mindful smoking of marijuana. His years of experience using marijuana to treat the spasms of spinal cord injury has provided extensive empirical evidence to produce this masterpiece of health tips.
Mindful Marijuana Smoking is a very thorough evidence-based discussion of the many nuances of smoking cannabis. The book brings up innovative and exciting techniques of which some cannabis users may not be aware! The author’s wit and humor make the book a pleasure to read. ALL will find this a very informative and helpful guide to smoking cannabis!
Despite the many health benefits of cannabis in all its forms, the majority of us still prefer to smoke it, and “healthful smoking is an oxymoron,” writes Mark Mathew Braunstein. The solution can be found in Mindful Marijuana Smoking, the bible for cannabis smokers who also care about their health. Crammed with facts, hard truths, and endnotes as well as personal anecdotes, ingenious quick fixes, and very useful information about every aspect of cannabis use and its potential health effects, Braunstein’s witty and entertaining writing style makes for a fun while eye-opening read about a beloved yet taboo indulgence. Learn to reduce your cannabis health risks without having to give up its healthful rewards.
1/30/23, Let’s Be Blunt with Montel: Mark Mathew Braunstein offered health tips for cannabis smokers in this blog post and podcast interview.