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Cannabis pharmacy : the practical guide to medical marijuana
Backes, Michael, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, [2014]

Physical Description:
272 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
"In Cannabis Pharmacy, expert Michael Backes presents a comprehensive resource for understanding and using medical marijuana. In this essential guide, Backes 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. He explores 27 of the most popular cannabis varieties and the conditions for which patients have reported effectiveness. He also outlines 29 ailments and illnesses for which doctors commonly recommend medical marijuana, including chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, fibromyalgia, and Parkinson's disease."--Back cover.
General Note:
"Evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties"--Front cover.
Cannabis as a medicine -- Using medical cannabis -- Varieties of medical cannabis -- Medical uses of cannabis -- Notes -- Selected bibliography -- Glossary -- Index.
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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.

Author Notes

Michael Backes specializes in cannabis science and policy issues at a southern California consultancy, which maintains clients throughout the United States. He previously founded the first evidence-based medical cannabis dispensary. Backes is active with Project CBD, a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive cannabis molecule), the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, and is a member of the American Herbal Products Association's Cannabis Committee. He lives in Southern California.

Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing-oriented approach to health care, which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. He holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. Approximately 10 million of Dr. Weil's books have been sold, including Spontaneous Healing , 8 Weeks to Optimal Health , and Healthy Aging .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Scientific research meets practical information in this wide-ranging examination of cannabis as a complex medicine. Cannabis science and policy expert Backes begins with a brief history, separating myth from pharmacological fact as he explains the chemistry of marijuana's active ingredients and how plant-produced cannabinoids work with the body's endocannabinoid systems. He offers a co-evolution hypothesis to elucidate how people have selectively bred marijuana varieties that safely interact with these brain-stem processes. Backes discusses dosage, storage, and adverse reactions, including the newly described cannaboid hyperemesis, which causes vomiting and abdominal pain. Most practical for nonscientists are the details on more than two dozen popular cannabis varieties and their efficacy in treating various medical conditions Sensi Star, for example, relieves gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn's disease and the alphabetized list of maladies matched with effective pot varieties and usage information. A well-designed and -illustrated and easy-to-use resource about an increasingly mainstream medicine.--Scott, Whitney Copyright 2014 Booklist

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.