1st Edition

Cannabis as Medicine

By Betty Wedman-St.Louis Copyright 2020
    336 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    336 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    For hundreds of years cannabis has been used as a therapeutic medicine around the world. Cannabis was an accepted medicine during the second half of the 19th century, but its use declined because single agent pain medications were advocated by physicians who demanded standardization of medicines. It was not until 1964 when the chemical structure of THC (delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) was elucidated and its pharmacological effects began to be understood.

    Numerous therapeutic effects of cannabis have been reviewed, but cannabis-based medicines are still an enigma because of legal issues. Many patients could benefit from cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids found in Cannabis sativa L. These patients suffer from medical conditions including chronic pain, chronic inflammatory diseases, neurological disorders, and other debilitating illnesses.

    As more states are legalizing medical cannabis, prescribers need a reliable source which provides clinical information in a succinct format. This book focuses on the science of cannabis as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supplement. It discusses cannabis uses in the human body for bone health/osteoporosis; brain injury and trauma; cancer; diabetes; gastrointestinal conditions; mental health disorders; insomnia; pain; anxiety disorders; depression; migraines; eye disorders; and arthritis and inflammation. There is emphasis on using the whole plant — from root to raw leaves and flowers discussing strains, extraction and analysis, and use of cannabis-infused edibles.


    Provides an understanding of the botanical and biochemistry behind cannabis as well as its use as a dietary supplement.             

    Discusses endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors.                                               

    Includes information on antioxidant benefits, pain receptors using cannabinoids, and dosage guidelines.

    Presents research on cannabis treatment plans, drug-cannabis interactions and dosing issues, cannabis vapes, edibles, creams, and suppositories.                                                                                                                 

    Multiple appendices including a glossary of cannabis vocabulary, how to use cannabis products, a patient guide and recipes as well as information on cannabis for pets.                            

    <P>Chapter 1 What is Hemp?

    Miles Sarill

    Chapter 2 Endocannabinoid System & Cannabinoid Receptors

    Betty Wedman-St. Louis

    Chapter 3 Why Terpenes Matter—The Entourage Effect

    Betty Wedman-St. Louis

    Chapter 4 Cannabis Flavonoids—Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

    Betty Wedman-St. Louis

    Chapter 5 Cannabis Pharmacology: An Interview with Ethan B. Russo, M.D

    Betty Wedman-St. Louis

    Chapter 6 Endocannabinoids & Phytocannabinoids in Pain Management

    Chris D. Meletis

    Chapter 7 Hemp Oil in the Management of Pain, Inflammation, & Stress

    Chris D. Meletis

    Chapter 8 Many Applications of Hemp in Neurological & Gut-Brain Axis

    Chris D. Meletis

    Chapter 9 Endocannabinoid Role in Gut Health

    Chris D. Meletis

    Chapter 10 Cannabidiol in Mental Health Disorders

    Alline C. de Campos, Felipe V. Gomes, Samia R. Joca, and

    Francisco S. Guimarães

    Chapter 11 Emerging Clinical and Mechanistic Support for CBD treatment

    of Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Kaylee Martig, Keelee Reid, and Joshua S. Kaplan

    Chapter 12 Recent Cannabinoid Delivery Systems  Oliaro-Bosso,

    Daniela Gastaldi, Franco Dosio, and Enrica Pessione

    Chapter 13 Achieving and Sustaining Precision Effects: Understanding

    and Prescribing Cannabis Chemotypes

    Uwe Blesching

    Chapter 14 Drug Interactions & Dosing Issues

    Betty Wedman-St. Louis

    Chapter 15 Cannabis Nutrition

    Betty Wedman-St. Louis

    Chapter 16 Cannabis, a Bio-Spiritual Remedy for Addiction

    Joseph J. Morgan, Lyse Le Pine, and Kenneth Blum

    Chapter 17 Cannabis Use in Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, &

    Different Religions

    Betty Wedman-St. Louis

    Chapter 18 Legal Landscape Robert T. Hoban

    Chapter 19 Medical Certification for Healthcare Practitioners

    Chris D. Meletis

    Chapter 20 Cannabis Training Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals

    Alexander Fossi, Judith Spahr, and Charles Pollack, Jr.

    Chapter 21 Analysis Update—Full Spectrum Cannabis

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

    Chapter 22 Cannabis for Pets

    Betty Wedman-St. Louis

    Chapter 23 How To Use Cannabis As Medicine

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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.