Finally. Reliable information about cannabis and cancer.


Like no other substance in history, cannabis sits at the eye of a storm that is currently upsetting the status quo across the spectrum of political, economic, legal, cultural, scientific and healthcare worlds. 

Chaos and confusion pervade the scene:

  • State regulatory authorities grapple with legalization of both medicinal and recreational cannabis;
  • The “cannabusiness” feeding frenzy attracts all stripes of entrepreneurs, from dealers and growers to venture capital and Big Pharma;
  • Myths, misinformation and marketing clichés promoting expensive, unproven cannabis products dominate the Internet;
  • Proliferating cannabis ‘dispensaries’ present more like hippie head-shops than professional medical suppliers.

Cancer patients have long known of the proven benefits of combining cannabis with their mainstream oncology treatments. But emerging research has created an upsurge of interest in its potential as an anticancer treatment. 

The biggest challenge for patients and caregivers wanting to learn more about how to incorporate cannabis into cancer care is the complete absence of reliable, educated and unbiased information on the subject. 

Until now.

Answering the urgent call for this information is The Thinking Patient’s Guide to Cannabis and Cancer, a practical, patient-centered guidebook by internationally respected medical herbalist and herb-drug interaction expert  Jonathan Treasure. Backed by over 15 years of clinical practice devoted to providing botanical protocols to people with cancer, Treasure brings a formidable expertise to the subject that no journalist, activist, or product manufacturer can.

The first offering from the Thinking Patient's Guide series (coming Fall 2015).


From the book

Simpson’s claims to be an authority on curing cancer with his eponymous oil are neither substantiated nor credible, and arguably do considerably more harm than good.
— Chapter 1, "Cannabis & Cancer – Fact and Fiction"
The lines between sativa and indica have become increasingly blurred to the extent that the distinction now has no practical utility in the medicinal marketplace.
— Chapter 3, "What Is Cannabis"
BHO (butane hash oil) should be avoided by patients. Not only is butane toxic, but home manufacture of BHO risks fire and explosion – several fatal injuries have been reported.
— Chapter 5, "Medicinal Cannabis - Forms & Pharmacy"



Chapter 1: "Cannabis & Cancer – Fact and Fiction"

Clearcuts myths and misinformation about cannabis and cancer. Explores the context of historical suppression of herbal medicine in the US, and quackwatcher attacks on alternative cancer care. Necessary debunking of Rick Simpson’s influence. Good science, bad science, pseudoscience are distinguished, and guidelines for evaluating testimonials about cancer and cannabis provided.

Chapter 2: "Herbal Medicine & Cancer Care"

Here we explain the basics of herbal medicine and how herbal medicines “work” – a necessary foundation  for understanding cannabis as a medicine. The three key ways herbal medicines are used in cancer treatment are discussed in detail. Cannabis is framed in this context as an “elite” anticancer herb.

Chapter 3: "What Is Cannabis?"

Practical definitions and guide to cannabis classification for patients. Includes botanical naming conventions; current consensus on cannabis species; the “M” word (marijuana); the Sativa vs. Indica debate; Dope vs. Rope; cultivars, strains and a functional guide to cannabis varieties for medicinal users.

Chapter 4: "What Is Medicinal Cannabis?"

Covers the  “identity crisis” of cannabis as both medicine and recreational drug. Describes medicinal uses from antiquity to modernity, including its place in Ayurvedic, Chinese and Traditional Western Herbal medical systems. Addresses the challenges to rehabilitating cannabis as a medicine from the legacy of prohibition, the recreational users, and modern mayhem of "canna-business."

Chapter 5: "Medicinal Cannabis – Forms & Pharmacy"

From the starting point of the crude herb – dried flower buds – a patient-oriented guide to different types of medicinal preparation are described with pros and cons, including hashish, tincture, cannabis oil, infused oil, fresh juice, supercritical CO2 extracts and “medibles” and topicals for external use. Common forms that patients should avoid such as BHO and prescription synthetics are also described.

Next in the series

Volume 2: Sifting the Science
Volume 3: Practicalities & Protocols

Volume 3: Practicalities & Protocols

Volume 2: Sifting the Science