1st Edition

Understanding Medical Cannabis Critical Issues and Perspectives for Human Service Professionals

Edited By Joanne Levine Copyright 2021
    250 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This accessible text provides trainee human service providers and those currently working in the field with a comprehensive, cutting-edge overview of topics related to the medical and therapeutic use of cannabis.

    Employing an interdisciplinary, biopsychosocial framework, the book explores the different biological, cultural, and policy contexts of medical cannabis from a wide range of perspectives including practitioners, academics, and medical cannabis advocates. This book bridges the gap between theory and practice and underscores the urgent need for expanded and rigorous scientific research as medical cannabis is increasingly legalized, that may result in new cannabis-based medicines and help in identifying what health risks cannabis use may present.

    Chapters are both evidence-based and practical, weaving in learning objectives, review questions, and varied case examples, all of which will prepare students and professionals for the reality of working with medical cannabis consumers.

    Part I.  1. Cannabis Ethnomedicine  Stephen Dahmer and Michael Balick 2. History and Cultural Content of Cannabis in the United States Kim Hewitt, PhD  3. Clash of Laws: How States are Legalizing Marijuana in the Shadow of a Federal Prohibition Heather Trela  4. The Business of Cannabis Paul Seaborn  Part II.  5. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Gary Starr and Stephen Dahmer  6. Medical Cannabis for Children and Adolescents Bonni S. Goldstein  7. Current and Future Uses of Medical Cannabis for Adults Sherry Yafai  8. Medical Cannabis and Palliative Care in the Elderly with Acute and Chronic Illnesses Lynn McNall and Kimberly Balko 9. Risk and Protective Factors for Cannabis Abuse Cathleen Lewandowski  Part III. 10. Lessons from Realm of Caring Foundation: Case Studies, Research, and Practical Knowledge Heather Jackson and Courtney Collins


    Joanne Levine DSW, MSW, MPH, is an associate professor and associate department chair, School of Health and Human Services, SUNY Empire State College. She developed and co-teaches the first multidisciplinary course in SUNY on medical cannabis.