CBD: A Patient's Guide to Medicinal Cannabis--Healing without the High

CBD: A Patient's Guide to Medicinal Cannabis--Healing without the High


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The essential book on CBD as medicine

This practical, accessible guide to using CBD-dominant cannabis contains a wealth of information for both first-time explorers and experienced patients who want to know more about safely treating a number of health conditions with remarkable results and low to no psychoactivity or negative side effects. CBD (cannabidiol) is a component of cannabis that can provide relief for conditions such as seizures, pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, arthritis, and a number of other issues. This book offers guidance on various forms of the medicine such as oil infusions, alcohol-based tinctures, capsules, and CO2 concentrated extracts. The information is organized by health condition and also by recommended CBD-rich strains, which do not produce the "highs" associated with THC. With dosage suggestions, potential side effects and contraindications, and the pharmacology of the plant, this is an essential guide for both doctors and patients looking for a nontoxic alternative to opiate-based pain medications and other pharmaceuticals.

While cannabis has been used for medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years, only in the last fifty years have scientists begun to shed light on the chemistry of the plant and its interactions with the human body. Research has led to the discovery of a whole new system in the body, the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in mediating functions such as appetite, immunity, mood, pain response, and memory. The authors present case studies, interviews with doctors who prescribe cannabidiol products, and the latest research regarding other active phytocannabinoids and terpenoids present in cannabis that are being studied for medical use. They also address the difference between CBD products derived from industrial hemp or in a lab, versus those made from medical marijuana using the whole plant. 

In addition to offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on CBD-dominant cannabis therapy for humans, this book is the first to offer guidance for using the medicine for animals, with suggestions for dosage and delivery and useful forms and strains for common health issues in pets. Finally, the authors take a look at the future of cannabis medicine, charting trends in the legalization movement and suggesting how CBD might be used to fight the opioid epidemic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623171834
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 137,126
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

LEONARD LEINOW has three decades of experience growing and studying medical cannabis and brings a unique spiritual perspective to his work. In 2009, he formed Synergy Wellness, a not-for-profit medical cannabis collective in California. Leinow is known for his proprietary blends of tinctures and medicine used for cancer and epilepsy patients.

Trained as a cultural anthropologist, JULIANA BIRNBAUM has lived and worked in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Nepal, Costa Rica, and Brazil. In 2005, she founded Voices in Solidarity, an initiative that partnered with tribal leaders from the Brazilian Amazon to support the development of the community-led environmental education center featured in her first book, Sustainable [R]evolution.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

How to Best Use This Book xiii

Foreword xv

Introduction xxi

Synergy and Plant Medicine xxv

An Ethnobotany of CBD-Rich Cannabis xxviii

Part I A Patient's Primer on Cannabis and CBD

Chapter 1 Cannabis as Medicine through the Ages 3

A Highly Condensed History of Cannabis 3

The Re-emergence of CBD and Other Cannabinoids as Medicine 9

Chapter 2 The Biology and Chemistry of Cannabis and CBD 13

The Endocannabinoid System 15

Chemistry and Cannabis: A Tour of Its Active Compounds 21

Terpenes 29

Full Spectrum, Whole-Plant Therapy 35

Chapter 3 Ways to Take the Medicine 37

Delivery Methods: To Ingest, Inhale, or Use Topically? 38

Oral and Edible CBD Products 40

Inhalable Products 57

Topical/Transdermal/External Use of CBD Products 53

Pharmaceutical and Synthetic Versions of Cannabis 55

Dosage Guidelines 57

Cautions, Side Effects, and Drug Interactions 67

The Subjective-Intuitive Approach to Medicinal Cannabis 75

Part II CBD for Health Concerns

CBD as Preventative Medicine 80

Chapter 4 Alphabetized List of Health Issues 85

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) 87

Addiction 90

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 93

Alzheimer's Disease 97

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections 99

Anxiety and Stress 102

Arthritis 103

Asthma 106

Autism Spectrum Disorder 108

Autoimmune Disorders 112

Cancer 114

Concussions, Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries, and Related Syndromes 126

Depression and Mood Disorders 128

Diabetes 130

Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Cachexia, Obesity) 133

Inflammatory Bowel Syndromes and Diseases (IBS and IBD) 136

Migraine 139

Multiple Sclerosis and Spasticity 142

Nausea and Vomiting 145

Neurodegenerative Diseases (Huntington's and Parkinson's) 148

Pain 151

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 154

Schizophrenia 157

Seizure Disorders 160

Skin Conditions (Including Acne, Dermatitis, Psoriasis) 163

Sleep Disorders (Insomnia, Sleep Apnea) 166

Chapter 5 Women's Health Issues 171

Historical Review 172

Cannabis and the Monthly Cycle: Menstrual Symptoms and Fertility 172

Menopause 174

Cannabis and Maternity 177

Part III Veterinary CBD

Chapter 6 CBD for Animals 183

Animals and the Endocannabinoid System 184

Cautions on the Use of Cannabis to Treat Pets 186

Delivery Methods 186

Choosing a Cannabis Product for Your Pet 187

Accuracy in Labeling 190

CBD from Cannabis versus Hemp 191

Safe and Effective Dosing 192

Biphasic Dosing Curve 192

Dose Calculations 194

The Future of Medical Cannabis for Pets 194

Part IV Varieties of Cannabis

Chapter 7 Understanding Genetics to Match Strain to Condition 197

Cannabis Subspecies: Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis 199

Industrial Hemp versus Medical Cannabis-Derived CBD 203

Chapter 8 Alphabetized List of High-CBD Strains 207

AC/DC (aka ACDC, Oracle, C-6) 207

Cannatonic (aka Carina Tonic) 209

Canna Tsu (aka Canoa Sue) 211)

CBD Therapy (aka Therapy A) 211

Charlotte's Web 213

Electra 4 214

Harlequin 215

Harle Tsu (aka Harle Sue) 217

Omrita 218

Remedy 219

Jingo's Gift 221

Sour Tsunami II (aka Sour-Tsu, Sour-Sue) 222

Suzy-Q 224

Valentine X 225

Part V The Future Frontier of Cannabis-Based Medicine

Chapter 9 Cannabis as a Tool to Fight the Opioid Epidemic 229

Chapter 10 Political and Legal Trends 233

Chapter 11 What's Next-The Leading Edge of Cannabis-Based Medical Developments 237

Epilogue 243

Endnotes-Exercise: Connecting to the Medicine Intuitively 245

Resource List 293

Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations 295

Index 299

About the Authors 313

About the Contributors 315

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