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Medicinal Cannabis
Pearls for Clinical Practice

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ISBN 9780367565299
December 6, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
464 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

How to use cannabis with real patients, not just theoretically, it’s pitfalls and challenges, as well as rewards, is a vastly under-covered topic. Now that some form of medical cannabis is approved in almost all US states, healthcare providers and patients Need to Know how to achieve maximum benefits by best use of this versatile herbal medicine.

Medicinal Cannabis: Pearls for Clinical Practice introduces the scientific background of cannabis information on how cannabis acts medicinally, its components, delivery mechanisms, and how cannabis affects a specific condition.

Key Features:

  • Provides instruction for health professionals wanting to understand the clinical practice of cannabis medicine.
  • Reviews the chemistry, physiology, and mechanisms of action of cannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and cannabis with a focus on clinical relevance.
  • Presents information on practice management of specific patient populations, including pediatric, youth, adult, elderly and pets.
  • Features over 150 case reports with learning “pearls” from the author’s clinical practice for 35 medical conditions.
  • Discusses specifics of dosing and delivery of cannabis in detail with strategies to promote the benefit/risk ratio.

Table of Contents




Abbreviations List

Part I. Introduction and Scientific Background

1.      The Evolution of Cannabis in Medical Practice

2.      Cannabis as a Botanical Medicine

3.      The Endocannabinoid System

4.      Cannabinoid Chemistry and Physiology

5.      Cannabis Secondary Metabolites

Part II. Patient Practice Management

6.      Adverse Effects, Risks

1.      Pulmonary Risks

2.      Cardiovascular Risks

3.      Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Risks

4.      Driving Risks

5.      Cognitive Function Risks

6.      Psychosis Risks

7.      Cannabis Use Disorders

8.      Drug Interactions

7.      Delivery and Dosage of Cannabis Medicine

8.      Adult Cannabis Practice

9.      Pediatric Cannabis Practice

10.  Youth Cannabis Practice

11.  Elderly Cannabis Practice

12.  Pet Cannabis Practice

Part III. Clinical Case Examples for Medical Conditions

13.  Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia

14.  Anorexia, Low Appetite

15.  Anxiety

16.  Arthritis (Immune-mediated)

17.  Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

18.  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

19.  Autism Spectrum Disorder

20.  Autoimmune Disorders

21.  Back Pain, Neck Pain

22.  Brain Trauma

23.  Cancer

24.  Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension

25.  Chronic Pain

26.  Depression, Bipolar Disorder

27.  Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue

28.  Gastrointestinal Disorders (Upper)

29.  Glaucoma, Corneal Edema

30.  Harm Reduction

31.  Headache, Migraine

32.  Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

33.  Insomnia

34.  Intestinal Disorders

35.  Movement Disorders

36.  Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

37.  Muscle Spasm, Spasticity

38.  Nausea, Vomiting

39.  Neuropathic Pain

40.  Opiate Substitution

41.  Osteoarthritis, Joint Pain

42.  Parkinson’s Disease

43.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

44.  Schizophrenia, Psychosis

45.  Skin Conditions

46.  Seizure Disorder, Epilepsy

47.  Women’s Health


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Deborah Malka MD, PhD, is a holistic physician with certification in Integrative Holistic Medicine. Prior to clinical practice, Dr. Malka completed her PhD in Human Genetics from Columbia University, and studied both natural and traditional medicine, with degrees from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and the Santa Fe College of Natural Medicine. She has specialized in cannabis medicine for the past 15 years treating over 30,000 patients.