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1st Edition

Cannabis as Medicine

ISBN 9780367150549
Published October 8, 2019 by CRC Press
336 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.                            

Table of Contents

<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

Betty Wedman-St. Louis<P>

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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.