How Cannabis Heals (through the ancient biological system that balances health & disease): In progress.

This book will explain, in words and pictures, how the endocannabinoid system (ECS)  works in the brain and body to balance health and disease and maintain the body’s homeostasis — the state of dynamic stability that’s critical to life. The ECS is also the reason cannabis works in the brain and body, and so is essential to the value of medical cannabis and the amazing range of illnesses that cannabis can treat — from PTSD and arthritis to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. If you’re interested in reading the book when it’s published and receiving once a month new blog posts about the emerging science of medical cannabis and psychedelic medicine, please sign up here.


Trips: How Hallucinogens Work in Your Brain (1998, Seven Stories Press NY)

French translation, Éditions du Lézard. German translation, AT Verlag

TRIPS explains in words and pictures the history of psychedelic drugs, focusing on scientists and their research into the workings of hallucinogens like LSD, psilocybin, DMT and others in the brain and body. The book includes the cartoon art of Robert Crumb and the other brilliant artists who created ZAP Comix in counterculture 1968 and beyond. What some of the critics said:

Review: GoodReads

Clip from GoodReads review

” … The history of psychedelics in America kicks things off and goes from interesting to terrifying to depressing to hopeful more or less decade by decade. The science of what is actually going on in your head when hallucinogens have been ingested follows and ended up being my favorite section of the book. All the molecular structure diagrams and trippy comic art compliment the information well. Hearing from people who study these chemicals and not just peers who take them was certainly eye-opening. …”

Review: Erowid

Erowid is a non-profit educational and harm-reduction resource with 60 thousand pages of online information about psychoactive drugs, plants, chemicals and technologies, including entheogens, psychedelics, new psychoactive substances, research chemicals, stimulants, depressants and pharmaceuticals.

Clip from the Erowid review:

“One delightful consequence of our changing attitudes towards drugs is Cheryl Pellerin’s recent book Trips: How Hallucinogens Work in Your Brain. Only a few years ago, Trips would have been unthinkable: a popular account written by a “legitimate” science reporter, published by the independent but still “respectable” Seven Stories Press (the same people that had the courage to bring us Gary Webb’s unjustly maligned story of CIA’s sordid involvement with crack cocaine). Even better, it is illustrated throughout with classic cartoons by R. Crumb and the Zap Comix crew, carefully chosen to provide an ironic running commentary on the text. My favorite is the heading for a chapter of interviews with various government regulatory officials: An uptight “suit” frets, ‘I must maintain this rigid position or all is lost!’” …

… “Pellerin is so witty, and sounds so reasonable, that it is easy to forget just how radical her message will be to some who read Trips. She flatly demolishes every conditioned “do what we say” reflex response, and insists at every turn that the reader must think. And that, really, is all that needs to happen. As Pellerin makes clear, a large part of our drug problem is our inability to address it in an effective and compassionate manner. For a first book on drugs in general, Weil and Rosen’s superb text (Chocolate to Morphine) reigns supreme, but for those whose interests lean towards psychedelics, however, Trips has much to recommend it.”

Review: Wired

In the book Trips: How Hallucinogens Work in Your Brain, Cheryl Pellerin delves into the the neuroscience of psychedelia. Even better, she does so with the aid of scientific illustrations by Zap Comix cartoonist R. Crumb, which should add color to the notorious bad trip. Release: January. Seven Stories Press.


medical cannabis resources

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