Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuanaby Michael Backes
Evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varietiesThe most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana There are currently 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 20 states/b>/b>… See more details below
Evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varietiesThe most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana There are currently 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 20 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is legal. As medical cannabis becomes an accepted herbal medicine, there is a demand for clear, easy-to-follow information for the layperson based on the latest sound medical and evidence-based research. Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy begins with the history of medical marijuana and an explanation of how cannabis works with the body's own endocannabinoid system. Backes goes on to explore in detail 27 of the most popular cannabis varieties, how to identify them, the differences between them, and the medical conditions for which patients have reported effectiveness. Additional chapters describe how to prepare and store cannabis, how best to administer those preparations, and how to modify and control dosage. Also included is a guide to 29 ailments and illnesses for which doctors commonly recommend medical marijuana, including chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, fibromyalgia, and Parkinson's disease. Meticulously researched and written in an easy and accessible style, Cannabis Pharmacy provides the clearest, most complete, and most practical information available on the use and benefits of medical marijuana.
Backes, a consultant for a Southern California-based cannabis and policy group, has pulled together his research into an accessible personal reference text on medical marijuana/cannabis. He sifts out American pop culture marijuana "facts"—knowledge stemming from movie and television representations of marijuana use and users. In its place, he gives readers evidence-based information. We learn about the difficulties of dosing and of finding a consistent product and how the drug's effectiveness as a treatment alters depending on how it is prepared. Backes also discusses how marijuana and its components, cannabis and THC, are not miracle cures but that they can improve quality of life. The author provides a lengthy list of diseases and disorders in which medicinal use of marijuana may relieve the most distressing symptoms. The content is occasionally peppered with biochemistry but is otherwise suitable for all readers. With a foreword by Andrew Weil, this book will catch the eye of Prevention readers and those who are interested in integrative medicine as well as complementary and alternative therapies. VERDICT Suitable as an at-home reader for patients (and their families) considering medicinal marijuana as a treatment option.—Rachel M. Minkin, Michigan State Univ. Libs., Lansing
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