Cheryl Pellerin: Healing with Cannabis

Healing with Cannabis

Healing with Cannabis


Cheryl Pellerin (NASW Member), foreword by Jeffrey Y. Hergenrather, MD
Skyhorse Publishing, August 4, 2020, $24.95
ISBN-10: 1510751866; ISBN-13: 9781510751866

Pellerin reports:

Healing with Cannabis describes an ancient biological system newly discovered in every vertebrate—the endocannabinoid system. It’s the reason cannabis works in the body and it’s why medical cannabis is effective in many disorders. The book has an informal tone, a little humor, interviews with long-time cannabinoid scientists, reports on research and clinical trials, and 170 color images.

I wanted to write it because none of the cannabis books I’d seen told the whole story about medical cannabis or used color images or humor. I worked with a publishing industry expert (Jane Friedman) to create a proposal that I sent to agents. I found one pretty quickly (Coleen O’Shea). She found a publisher within months.

Cheryl Pellerin

Cheryl Pellerin

I spent 2.5 years interviewing researchers and reviewing papers from scientific journals. I’m on a listserv for psychopharmacologists (related to my first book Trips: How Hallucinogens Work in Your Brain, 1998). After I interviewed a neurologist/cannabinoid researcher on that list, he suggested other researchers for me to interview. For images I used Shutterstock, NIH, scientific organizations, Wikimedia Commons, and the researchers with whom I spoke. I bought two cartoons.

I recommend aspiring authors write about something they must write about and make sure their proposal reflects their passion about the topic to attract a great agent.

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Aug. 26, 2020

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