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1st Edition

A Clinician's Guide

ISBN 9781138303249
Published April 26, 2018 by CRC Press
324 Pages

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Book Description

Cannabis is one of the oldest cultivated plants dating back 12,000 years and demonstrates medicinal properties including immune support, anti-inflammatory effects, and cancer-fighting potential. As cannabis receives regulatory approval in the United States, clinicians will need guidelines to prescribe medical marijuana for various health conditions. This book presents information to healthcare professionals focusing on medical cannabis. It is a science-based overview providing clinical recommendations and dosing guidelines for practitioners to advise patients appropriately.


  • Discusses the endocannabinoid system role in homeostasis, pain control, and regulatory function in health and disease
  • Advises clinicians on cannabis use in patients with cancer; cardiovascular, brain, and liver function; mood disorders; and patients receiving palliative care
  • Includes information on cannabis nutrition as well as the cannabis microbiome
  • Features information on cannabis quality control for safe and effective delivery

Cannabis: A Clinician’s Guide is written for clinicians providing a resource guide to help them assess the medicinal value of cannabis, answer patient and consumer questions, and recommend its use optimally. The book is divided into three sections covering cannabis science, use in clinical practice, and regulations and standards. It includes practical information on dosing guidelines and dispensary insights, personal cannabis stories, and an in depth look at the nutritional benefits of cannabis and how to use it in daily life.

From the Author: "As a clinical nutritionist, I have been involved in the use of cannabis since 1981 while researching diabetes in India. Ayurvedic medicine listed cannabis as a beneficial herb with curing properties. In 1983, a Chinese medicine doctor in the Peoples Republic of China gave me a cannabis herbal supplement for sleep that he claimed Chairman Mao took regularly. Upon returning to the United States, no one would even talk to me about cannabis because of its Schedule I status. During an Antioxidants class taught for Everglades University, I included information on cannabis, but was restricted from including it in the course description. Cannabis: A Clinician’s Guide unveils deceit on this herbal medicine used for thousands of years providing insight into the science behind its use and how to incorporate cannabis into daily life, especially for those suffering from neurological disorders, cancer, and mood disorders."

Table of Contents





Origins and history of cannabis


Section I: Cannabis Science

Chapter 1 Cannabis 101

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 2 Endocannabinoid system: Master of homeostasis, pain control, & so much more

Jordan Tishler and Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 3 Endocannabinoid system: Regulatory function in health & disease

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 4 Cannabinoid medications for treatment of neurological disorders

Juan Sanchez-Ramos and Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 5 Cannabinoids and the entourage effect

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 6 Terpenes

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 7 Cannabis and pain

Michelle Simon and Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 8 Cannabis and mindfulness: A method of harm reduction

Amanda Reiman

Chapter 9 Cannabis and addiction

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Section II: Clinical Practice

Chapter 10 What should we tell our patients about marijuana?

Joseph Pizzorno

Chapter 11 What is a medical marijuana program?

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 12 The clinical use of cannabinoid therapies in oncology patients

Paul J. Daeninck and Vincent Maida

Chapter 13 Clinical rationale for CBD in cardiovascular, brain, and liver function and optimal aging

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 14 Clinical rationale for CBD use on mood, depression, anxiety, brain function, and optimal aging

Chris D. Meletis and Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 15 Cannabis in palliative care

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 16 What to expect at the cannabis dispensary

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 17 Cannabis nutrition

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 18 Clinical recommendations and dosing guidelines for cannabis

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Section III: Regulations & Standards

Chapter 19 Cannabis identification, cultivation, analysis, and quality control

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 20 Commercial cultivation of cannabis

Ashley Vogel

Chapter 21 Quality assurance in the cannabis industry

Robert W. Martin

Chapter 22 Cannabis microbiome: Bacteria, fungi, and pesticides

Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Chapter 23 Cannabis testing: Taking a closer look

Scott Kuzdzal, Robert Clifford, Paul Winkler, and Will Bankert

Chapter 24 Legal aspects of cannabis

Vijay S. Choksi and Betty Wedman-St. Louis

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Recipes


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Dr. Betty Wedman-St Louis is a licensed nutritionist specializing in digestive diseases, bariatric surgery, cancer and multiple chemical sensitivity who has been in practice for over 40 years. Her B.S. in foods and nutrition from the University of Minnesota introduced her to how the food industry influences eating habits. She completed her M.S. in nutrition at Northern Illinois University where she studied the relationship between weightlessness and prolonged bed rest on potassium requirements in adults. Dr. Wedman-St Louis practiced at the Hinsdale Medical Center, Hinsdale, Illinois, before completing her Ph.D. in nutrition and environmental health from The Union Institute in Cincinnati. She is the author of numerous published articles on current nutrition topics and authored columns for the Hinsdale Doings, Chicago Sun Times, Columbian Missourian, and the Tampa Bay Times along with teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on nutrition


"Cannabis: A Clinician’s Guide provides comprehensive coverage - everything from the endocannabinoid system to laboratory testing. This book is a huge step forward in educating clinicians on everything cannabis!" 

Scott A. Kuzdzal, Ph.D.
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