Author of How-To Marijuana, Step-by-Step Guide to Medical Marijuana

Someone asked me the other day if I had an agenda about the use of marijuana to help manage chronic pain and chronic illness. In all honesty, no, I don’t. What I do have an agenda for is to provide information about pain, chronic pain, living with chronic pain and how to manage chronic pain. With these issues, inevitably comes the question of “will marijuana help relieve my pain?”

When I worked as a nurse, I gave medications that were incredibly more potent than cannabis, including a combination of opium and belladonna – given when I worked in palliative care. So, this is where I come from – if the medication is available and can help, then I think people should know about it. That’s how I see my role here at Help My Hurt and my role as a nurse.

So, without further ado, I would like to present to you Carol S. Bott, a chemical dependency nurse who wrote the book, How-To Marijuana, A Step-by-Step Guide to Medical Marijuana. This book, published last year, covers topics such as:

  • Why is cannabis illegal?
  • What conditions does cannabis treat?
  • How can the dosage be controlled?
  • Storing seed
  • Selecting the site
  • Recipes
  • Cautions

Below, you can read how you can win a copy of the book.
Carol, how did you get interested in the topic of medicinal marijuana?

I spent several years working in chemical dependency treatment. In those years, I saw what drugs and medications caused problems and which ones didn’t. And I found that the ones that caused problems were alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs like tranquilizers and narcotics, as well as street drugs like LSD. What I did NOT do was admit people for marijuana use or marijuana detox because it is not addictive.

I went to a local meeting here of the AAMC, the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis, out of curiosity. I really thought in my head that I would see a bunch of old people getting high. But, what I found in this room were sick people. I mean really sick people, of all ages.

How did you feel you could help?

I am a major gardener. I already had a pretty good idea of how to grow my own medicine and I’m also a good cook. I had already figured out how to prepare cannabis and ingest it so it would be helpful.

As I began working with the group, I met people who didn’t know how to grow their own cannabis or how to prepare it. They didn’t know how to garden and lots of people don’t know how to cook these days.

Now, the doctors, the cannabinologists, are really good about how to figure out how much people need, how much for their dose and who they should take it, but that doesn’t mean that they know how to grow it or how to cook it.

I listened and learned about what people were asking and that’s what spurred me to write the book.

How has the book been received?

It has been well received. I’ve gotten more responses from doctors than anyone else. I’m not making the New York Times best seller list, but it seems to be doing what it should be doing, what it needs to do.

Have you had any resistance to the book?

Interestingly, I have not. I had been warned that the DEA would investigate me and investigate the book, and that I had better be very careful – which, of course, I am anyway. So that was expected.

I am not experiencing resistance from the medical community because they are getting it. It’s hard to ignore the research that is coming out of Europe about the effectiveness of cannabis.

For people who would like to order a copy of Carol’s book, you can go to her website, Carol S. Bott, Carolsbookand order it from there.

I also have one copy of Carol’s book to give away.

If you would like to win a copy of How-To Marijuana, A Step-by-Step Guide to Medical Marijuana, leave a comment about how you feel about medicinal marijuana – if you know someone who has used it, if you have, how it affected people you know and so on. Please be sure to either make sure I can contact you or come back and visit in two weeks when I announce the winner so you can contact me.

The contest will run from today until Wednesday, May 21st at 11:59 PM EST. At that point, I will take all the comments and assign them a number. A number will be chosen at random by a randomizer and this person will win a copy of the book.


Image: Carol S. Bott


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    • Kendra

      As a nurse and healthcare provider I am absolutely for the use of medicinal marijuana. I think it provides great pain relief benefits and should be used when appropriate.

    • Jul

      Excellent. I’m happy to hear there’s a book like this out there. I think medicinal use of marijuana makes plenty of sense, and I’ve yet to hear a convincing argument against it.

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    • Diana Lee

      I’d love to get my hands on a copy of this book. I’m an advocate of making medical marijuana available as another tool for doctors and patients to legally explore. It can be used completely responsibly and has few harmful effects. Furthermore, research is coming out all the time that establishes its effectiveness in treating certain types of pain. There is just no good argument for restricting access to it.

    • Jeff

      I am a Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Patient in a non MMJ state. Therefore I am a criminal. Cannabis for pain control works in conjunction with opiates or on its own. However, there is NO safe medication for the control of chronic nausea, not from Chemo, but from Diabetic Neuropathic Gastro Paresis. Meaning my stomach muscles that digest my food are paralyzed resulting in surfing waves of nausea from mild to severe every hour of everyday, chemo related nausea goes away when chemo is stopped but my nausea goes away only when I die. If not controlled the nausea leads to 12-24 hour vomiting sessions each requireing 42-78 hours to recover from. Regalen/Metroclopramide is the most commonly prescibed anti-nausea med and continued use of it causes irreversibile Parkinson like shakes and tremors, and this is legal?!?!?? My dr has me on 5mg Marinol yet it is ineffective. MMJ at $370 an ounce is financially out of the question for me because I need at least an 8th ounce a day to control chronic nausea and vomiting. I am on disability because of it and I can’t afford the medicine that really works. I’m forced to take Marinol and smoke schwag on top of it for nausea control. The schwag (commercial pot) gives immediate relief and the Marinol makes it last longer, schwag has a THC content of 1-4% THC plus mold and pesticides whereas real MMJ has a THC content of 15-20% THC and is organically grown. However there have been 160 deaths so far where Marinol was the prime suspect but 0 deaths due to marijuana use, even by smoking it. I am trapped because I can’t afford real MMJ because it is illegal in Iowa where I live. Sen Tom Harkin (D-IA) says, “If you smoke marijuana you will find yourself huddeled in a corner willing to sell your children for one more puff of marijuana.” HA! What a jerk, and he’s been standing by this for over 10 years, how can we live and progress with politicians like Harkin and Pres Bush who lump cannabis in the same catagory as heroin? So I use a liquid diet, Marinol 5mg and commercial pot to try to control chronic nausea and vomiting. If I lived in Oregon I could legally get real MMJ either for free or at reduced prices for in Oregon the MMJ Program is run by the DHS and I am on disability. But if I were arrested using MMJ in Iowa I would lose my disability. Now I ask you which is more dibilitating severe nausea or becominging someones bitch in prison? So I have no respect for the government of my state or country. I need HELP, PLEASE!!!

    • Alicia Sparks, NAMI Affiliation Leader

      I know a medical marijuana patient, but even if I didn’t I would still be for the use of medical marijuana.

    • Megan

      I am curious about the effect of marijuana use on migraine – I have seen speculations elsewhere that it may work as a migraine preventive. I know of anecdotal evidence from those who say they had a complete lack of migraines during years of marijuana use. But I’ve also seen lots of what looked like dependency on marijuana – I am also curious about the statement that it is not addictive.

    • Marijke Durning, RN

      @Megan – you ask some good questions. It’s my understanding – and I may be wrong, because I’m not an expert by any means, is that any addictive signs are psychological and not physical. Although, having said that, I did read a summary of a study just last week that said that there are withdrawal symptoms.

    • Marijke Durning, RN

      @Jeff – I can’t even imagine how this must make you feel. I just don’t understand the reasoning for not allowing the drug for those who need it.

    • kristina b

      I have had wonderful success with smoking marijuana for my migraines. I have no after affects the next day and it usually completely kicks out the migraine with no rebound. I especially remember one time when I had been agonizing for days with my rescue meds slowly starting to fail and I knew that soon I was heading into the territory of taking too much. I smoked, illegally, and woke the next morning feeling amazingly clear headed and rested. I went on with my day as if I had never been in that cycle of pain for the past couple of days. I dont use it very often since I have to wait until late at night to smoke since I do have children, so I use it as a back up to my other meds. I have know addicts and am also a nurse and have never heard of anyone addicted to pot. It is absolutely ridiculous to lump it with the truly dangerous drugs many of them being prescription or legal. Alcohol being one of them. I have seen awful physical withdrawal from alcohol, sometimes almost killing the patient. It is hearbreaking to hear these stories of people who could so benefit from marijuana and because of our ridiculous government they are suffering.

    • Undisclosed

      Blackbeard here,

      I miss overgrow, as it was the perfect forum for information on books like yours.

      I would like to win a copy please;

      How you feel about medicinal marijuana:

      Legally, I believe that as it is simply cured plant flowers and it should be used for nonviolent/therapeutic purposes only. Look at Swiss, German, and Dutch laws! They got tired of wasting valuable funds on noncritical, poorly justified programs. It does not need to be classified, but breeders should be allowed to copyright and trademark their strains, as well as transfer ownership of them like existing intellectual property. Law enforcement should be supported in the apprehension of violent criminals that give cannabis a bad reputation and abuse it.

      Medically, its use should be determined by the user and administered in coord. with the titration method under doctor and caregiver supervision. It should be available in stabilized healthier forms such as marinol, vaporized kief and hash, as well as simply stabilized but non-feminised strains of high grade.

      Horticulturally, the biggest challenge to cannabis today is not legalization, but the destabilization of the genetic base and the degradation of the origin strains. Culture stress, feminisation, cloning, and liberal eugenics have impaired the gene pool and caused genetic drift such that control seed archives and genomic data are not kept. The private sector is currently left to provide that service voluntarily. Indoor strains are becoming immunodepressed, and outdoor strains are poorly tended due to tight legal restrictions, causing degenerate buds that still look nice to pass for today.

      Recreationally, it should be used sparingly if at all and acquired from a source no more than 3 degrees removed from grower, cannaisseur grade, and not by persons under 21 due to the inherent side effects of hydrocarbon smoke inhalation on brain development (not considering the effects of being constantly high on trying to pass classes, apply to universities, make money, and maintain status).

      If you know someone who has used it:
      That is statistically probable but confidential information.

      Please quote me properly if you excerpt my work but it is CC.

      Have additional insight?

    • Blackbeard

      BTW I am a MMJ patient in California. This election passed another round of deregulation for cannabis in our state, and I’m happy that I can say life comes first for me now. Before I was able to get my meds from a law-enforcement recognized mmj dispensary, I was too stressed to enjoy it and it become a focus of my life. Now I can focus on the most important things like business, learning, and family.

      Thanks marijuana!

    • Bill

      I have had chronic maigraine headaches since our Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) was blown out from under us by a suicided bomber in Iraq, in December of 2003. I have been on drugs such as Oxicontin/codone, and other narcotics. They helped for a short while, but were not effective in the long term. The addictiveness of these drugs far out ways the benefits. ]
      Out of desparation to find somethign that helped I did try marijuana. To my surprise it was one of the few drugs that actually helped. I would like to see this drug legalized in the state of NH so that I and many others may lead a more normal, productive life.

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