Synopses & Reviews
Evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties
The most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana
There are currently 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 20 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is legal. As medical cannabis becomes an accepted herbal medicine, there is a demand for clear, easy-to-follow information for the layperson based on the latest sound medical and evidence-based research.
Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy begins with the history of medical marijuana and an explanation of how cannabis works with the body's own endocannabinoid system. Backes goes on to explore in detail 27 of the most popular cannabis varieties, how to identify them, the differences between them, and the medical conditions for which patients have reported effectiveness. Additional chapters describe how to prepare and store cannabis, how best to administer those preparations, and how to modify and control dosage. Also included is a guide to 29 ailments and illnesses for which doctors commonly recommend medical marijuana, including chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, fibromyalgia, and Parkinson's disease.
Meticulously researched and written in an easy and accessible style, Cannabis Pharmacy provides the clearest, most complete, and most practical information available on the use and benefits of medical marijuana.
Pre-publication praise for Cannabis Pharmacy:
"[T]horough, accurate, and yet easy to read coverage of what every prescribing physician and patient needs to know about medical marijuana, its metabolism and effects, its risks and possible benefits, along with cautions and details about available forms and modes of administration." —Sander Greenland, Professor Emeritus, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
"Michael Backes presents much valuable knowledge collected from diverse disciplines, supporting present-day practical approaches to effectively using medical cannabis—most importantly, which varieties may work best for certain medical conditions—and prepares us for what to expect in the near future. Cannabis Pharmacy is well written, informative, and most of all a timely as well as a fascinating read." — Robert C. Clarke, Projects Manager, International Hemp Association, and author of Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany
"A superbly written and easily accessible expert guide filled with practical know-how . . . It will undoubtedly become an essential foundational educational text about the value and depth of the human–cannabis relationship, and how to apply the very best of what is known about medical cannabis to maximize health and well-being." —Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, MD, PhD, medical cannabis expert, www.cannabinergy.com
"Crucial reading for anyone interested in cannabis and the new frontier of cannabis medicine." —Mark Haskell Smith, author of Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup
"Now, more than ever, people need clear, well researched, unbiased, factual reporting about the benefits and drawbacks of marijuana use. This book provides that . . . [It] is destined to become the standard work on the subject." —Barry Miles, author of Call Me Burroughs, founder of the Indica Bookstore, and Beats historian
"There is now so much science supporting the legalization and acceptance of medical marijuana use, yet not enough effective communication . . . Cannabis Pharmacy excels at filling that need." —Randy Olson, author of Don't Be Such A Scientist: Talking Substance in the Age of Style
"An excellent compendium for anyone considering—or using—medical marijuana. Highly recommended." —Martin A. Lee, director of Project CBD and author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana
The most comprehensive book available on treating the symptoms of illness and disease with medical marijuana
There are currently 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 18 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is approved and regulated. As medical cannabis grows in popularity and legality, there is a demand for clear, easy-to-follow information for the layperson based on the latest sound medical and evidence-based research.
Written by an expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy identifies which cannabis strains are most effective for treating different conditions, describes how to prepare the appropriate strain for use and how best to administer the preparation, and specifies the recommended dosage for different strains and conditions. Also included is a guide to treating the symptoms of some 40 specific ailments and illnesses, including headache, irritable bowel syndrome, and the side effects of certain cancer treatments.
Whether the reader is an existing medical cannabis patient who wants to learn more about his or her treatment or a self-medicator with no access to professional help, Cannabis Pharmacy provides the clearest and most useful information available anywhere.
About the Author
is head of research and development for Abatin Wellness Center, a medical cannabis dispensary and research center in Sacramento, California. He is currently working with the State of California to help develop legislation to clarify the state's medical marijuana laws. Prior to Abatin, Backes founded Cornerstone Research Collective, the first science-based medical cannabis collective in California. Michael Backes is active with Project CBD, a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (a cannabis molecule), and the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines. Backes is consulting to the American Herbal Pharmacopeia on the first scientific monograph on cannabis to be published in the United States since the 1940s. He was part of the National Cannabis Industry Association's first lobbying day on Capitol Hill in 2011 that met with congressional members. He lives in Sacramento, California.
Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, where he is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health and the Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology. Dr. Weil received both his medical degree and his undergraduate AB degree in biology (botany) from Harvard University. Dr. Weil is an internationally-recognized expert for his views on leading a healthy lifestyle, his philosophy of healthy aging, and his critique of the future of medicine and health care. Approximately 10 million copies of Dr. Weil's books have been sold, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, Eating Well for Optimum Health, The Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Aging, and Why Our Health Matters.