Cannabis Pharmacy

Cannabis Pharmacy

The Practical Guide to Medicinal Marijuana

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Grand Central Pub
In Cannabis Pharmacy, expert Michael Backes offers evidence-based information on using cannabis to treat an array of ailments and conditions. He provides information on how cannabis works with the body's own system, how best to prepare and administer it, and how to modify and control dosage. This newly revised edition is now completely up-to-date with the latest information on the body's encannabinoid system, which is now understood to control emotion, appetite, and memory, delivery and dosing of cannabis, including e-cigarette designs, additional varietals, and a new system for classification, as well as 21 additional ailments and conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. There are currently more than 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 29 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is legal.




Baker & Taylor
Introduces the use of medical marijuana, offering information on the effects of the drug on the body, practical ways of using it medicinally, notes on distinct marijuana varieties and their properties, and an overview of conditions treated by marijuana.

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Author Michael Backes presents students, academics, researchers, medical professionals working in a wide variety of contexts, and general interest readers with an examination of the medical use of cannabis for a variety of ailments and illnesses. The author has organized the main body of his text in four chapters devoted to cannabis as a medicine, using medical cannabis, the varieties of medical cannabis, and the medical uses of cannabis. Michael Backes is a consultant specializing in cannabis science and policy issues based in California. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, [2014]
ISBN: 9781579129514
157912951X
Branch Call Number: 615.7827 BACKE
Characteristics: 272 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Notes: "Evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties"--Front cover

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Jan 10, 2018

Read 8 January - 6 February 2016:
This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it for all public and academic libraries. It would be even more useful in states with medical cannabis laws but would be an excellent educational resource even in those without.

Not an all out pro-Cannabis stance by any means. Cannabis use—like anything we can put in our bodies—comes with risks. This book takes a clear-eyed look at all of them—as best as possible within our current knowledge. He discusses contaminants, pathogens, pesticides, and adulterants, THC tolerance, dependence and withdrawal, which terpenes do (or may) exacerbate which conditions, along with Cannabis use by adolescents, children, and pregnant women.

Backes also discusses the direction research (and the medical Cannabis market) seems to be heading. As he writes in the Intro:

“The research collected herein is drawn from hundreds of recent studies, but this book hopes to present this evidence in an accessible manner for the layperson. Cannabis Pharmacy is designed to encourage further inquiry, so I have attempted to avail myself of as many open and accessible sources as possible in its creation, so that patients and physicians wishing to dig deeper may do so easily and inexpensively” (9).

Bravo, sir! And speaking of those references, there are 63 citations in Part 1, 11 in Part 2, and 235 in Part 4; 15 pages in total. The Selected Bibliography covers 5 full pages of the same small but legible type.

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The basic template for each strain, all of which cover two pages (or more), is a couple opening paragraphs, a couple paragraph Notes section, a Medical Uses breakout box, and comments on each of the following items: type, species, breeding date, genetics, similar varieties, availability, ease of cultivation, aroma, taste, potency, duration of effects, psychoactivity, analgesia, muscle relaxation, dissociation, stimulant, and sedation.

Taste usually includes comments on smoking and vaporizing. The last six comment sections are, of course, relating the effect of that strain in that arena; so, the stimulant effect, for instance.

The Medical Uses section covers 29 disorders and some borader information in 5 sections under the head of “Cannabis and …,” along with one on dependence and withdrawal.

The disorders covered are: Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety disorders, arthritis, asthma, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, autoimmune disorders, cachexia and appetite disorders, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, gerontology, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, insomnia and sleeping disorders, migraine and headache, multiple sclerosis and movement disorders, nausea and vomiting, neuropathy, pain, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, seizure disorders, skin conditions, and stress.

The five “Cannabis and …” sections are listed above in the Contents listing.

Final comments

Well-balanced and as up-to-date as is currently possible. I hope that the author, or at a minimum the publisher, keeps this book current by revising it in the next couple years.

Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries, along with anyone interested in/concerned with medical cannabis; either as a patient, a caregiver, or a doctor or other medical folks.

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