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Medicinal Cannabis
Pearls for Clinical Practice





ISBN 9781003098201
Published December 5, 2021 by CRC Press
448 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides instruction for health professionals wanting to gain knowledge about the clinical aspects of cannabis medicine. How to use cannabis with real patients, not just theoretically, its 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, health care 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 how cannabis acts medicinally, its components 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

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword....................................................................................................................ix Preface.......................................................................................................................xi Acknowledgments................................................................................................... xiii Author.......................................................................................................................xv
List of Abbreviations..............................................................................................xvii

Part I Introduction and Scientific Background

Chapter 1 The Evolution of Cannabis in Medical Practice...................................3

Chapter 2 Cannabis as a Botanical Medicine...................................................... 17

Chapter 3 The Endocannabinoid System.............................................................29

Chapter 4 Cannabinoid Chemistry and Physiology............................................. 45

Chapter 5 Cannabis Secondary Metabolites........................................................63

Part II Patient Practice Management

Chapter 6 Adverse Effects, Risks........................................................................77

Chapter 7 Delivery and Dosage of Cannabis Medicine..................................... 129

Chapter 8 Adult Cannabis Practice.................................................................... 151

Chapter 9 Pediatric Cannabis Practice.............................................................. 157

Chapter 10 Youth Cannabis Practice................................................................... 165

Chapter 11 Elderly Cannabis Practice.................................................................173

Chapter 12 Pet Cannabis Practice........................................................................179

Part III Clinical Case Examples for Medical Conditions

Chapter 13 Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia........................................................189

Chapter 14 Anorexia, Low Appetite....................................................................195

Chapter 15 Anxiety..............................................................................................201

Chapter 16 Arthritis (Immune-Mediated)...........................................................209

Chapter 17 Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease...........................215

Chapter 18 Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder..........................................221

Chapter 19 Autism Spectrum Disorder................................................................227

Chapter 20 Autoimmune Disorders.....................................................................233

Chapter 21 Back Pain, Neck Pain........................................................................239

Chapter 22 Brain Trauma.....................................................................................245

Chapter 23 Cancer...............................................................................................251

Chapter 24 Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension.............................................259

Chapter 25 Chronic Pain......................................................................................265

Chapter 26 Depression, Bipolar Disorder............................................................271

Chapter 27 Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome........................................281

Chapter 28 Gastrointestinal Disorders (Upper)...................................................287

Chapter 29 Glaucoma, Corneal Edema...............................................................293

Chapter 30 Harm Reduction................................................................................299

Chapter 31 Headache, Migraine..........................................................................305

Chapter 32 Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.........................................................................................311

Chapter 33 Insomnia............................................................................................317

Chapter 34 Intestinal Disorders...........................................................................325

Chapter 35 Movement Disorders.........................................................................331

Chapter 36 Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis...........................337

Chapter 37 Muscle Spasm, Spasticity.................................................................. 345

Chapter 38 Nausea, Vomiting.............................................................................. 351

Chapter 39 Neuropathic Pain............................................................................... 359

Chapter 40 Opiate Substitution............................................................................ 367

Chapter 41 Osteoarthritis, Joint Pain................................................................... 375

Chapter 42 Parkinson’s Disease........................................................................... 381

Chapter 43 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder......................................................... 387

Chapter 44 Schizophrenia, Psychosis.................................................................. 393

Chapter 45 Seizure Disorder, Epilepsy................................................................399

Chapter 46 Skin Conditions.................................................................................407

Chapter 47 Women’s Health.............................................................................. 413

Appendix …………………………………………………………………..……419

Index
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Biography

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 medi-cine, with degrees from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and the Santa Fe College of Natural Medicine. She has been supportive of patient empow-erment and alternative medicine throughout her career. She practiced as a primary care physician, directing a holistic medical clinic in Aptos, California, for 15 years. Following this, she specialized in cannabis medical consulting serving over 30,000 patients to date. Her private practice, "Cannabis Plus," provided medical cannabis evaluations and natural health consulting with offices in Monterey and Santa Cruz, California. She has been committed to educating the public and professionals about medicinal cannabis, teaching at conferences nationally and internationally. She developed and served as faculty director for the first online CME accredited course in Clinical Cannabinoid Medicine sponsored by the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. She currently provides private cannabis medical consultations and natural health guidance for clients from her home office in New Mexico.