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Mindful Marijuana Smoking
Health Tips for Cannabis Smokers               

Foreword by Patricia C. Frye, MD

224 pages, 2022

hardback $32, eBook $30, Audible audiobook $5

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
An academic press with 22 other scholarly books about cannabis  


Excerpts have been published in:
Weed World,  8 articles in this British cannabis magazine
Spirit of Change, 2 articles in this holistic health magazine

GROW Magazine (vol 8, issue 1) hemp & cannabis horticulture 

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Learn how to smoke cannabis in ways that reduce its health risks.

        As an herbal remedy, cannabis can lift your mood and can treat a long list of ailments. But the way that we 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 through every phase of the cannabis smoking experience with health tips based on solid science. Whether with rolling papers, hand pipes, water pipes, 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. 

        Also, this book instructs 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.


        And 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.

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Braunstein shares a wealth of knowledge on how patients and adult recreational users can maximize the benefits from smoking cannabis while reducing the risks. The author shares a lot of solid, evidence-based information, and I was not to be fooled by his lighthearted and pun-infused writing style, which made for an easy and enjoyable reading experience. The author’s personal journey with medical marijuana and his extensive research lend to illustrative and real-life examples of what to do to minimize the potential negative impact that smoking may have on one’s health. He is not just blowing smoke.

  —  Patricia C. Frye, MD, from her Foreword to Mindful Marijuana Smoking,

        and the author of The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health,

        and chairperson of the Committee on Education of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians


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!

  —  Genester Wilson-King, MD, vice president of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians

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.

  —  Manuel Lizarralde, PhD, professor of ethnobotany at Connecticut College

Mindful Marijuana Smoking 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.

  —  Jeff Lowenfels, author of DIY Autoflowering Cannabis: An Easy Way to Grow Your Own


Despite the many health benefits of cannabis in all its forms, the majority of us still prefer to smoke it, yet “healthful smoking is an oxymoron,” writes 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 rewards.

  —  Carol Bedrosian, editor of Spirit of Change Magazine

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Let's Be Blunt with Montel Williams

Let’s Be Blunt 50-min podcast & video hosted by Montel Williams.

Among my talk show interviews, this January 2023 broadcast stands out as by a well-known former daytime TV talk show host.  •    first 3 minutes are about me (Me! Me! Me!)
•    minutes 3-15 about my diving accident and my use of MMJ
•    minutes 15-40 about the health tips outlined in my new book
•    minutes 40-50 about the business and politics of cannabis 

more Talk Show & Podcast Interviews

cannabis Corner
cannabis Corner
Cannabis Corner radio/video talk show

35-minute video posted to YouTube, broadcast July 2022,

my interview begins at 18’30”.

Joshua Lane

Two 16-minute interviews on radio talk show broadcast August

& December 2022 on 8 FM & AM radio stations & as podcasts on all

major podcast networks. 

Thinking Green

54-minute cable TV talk show posted to YouTube,

broadcast July 2022.

All the other Green Party radio/video shows are on YouTube, too.

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34-minute podcast, Episode 360, broadcast November 2022.

8-minute discussion about the book spans from 08:53 to 16:27.

All the other Cannabis Health Radio podcasts are on their website.



Foreword by Patricia C. Frye, MD


Introduction: Clearing the Smoke from Cannabis


Part I: HEALTH TIPS: 10 Health Hacks and Healthful Safeguards

1. Breathe Easy: Mindful Breathing\

2. The Ignition System: Playing with Fire

3. Joints: Taking an Active Role with Rolling Papers

4. Hand Pipes: More than Just a Pipe Dream

5. Water Pipes: 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 & Green Diet: Every Mouthful Counts

10. Don’t Worry! When You Light Up, Lighten Up

Part II: HEALTH RISKS: The Downside of Getting High


11. Cough It Up! Putting Lungs on the Line

12. Heartbreaking News: Elevated Blood Pressure & Heartbeat


Works Cited



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