Author: Steven Leonard-Johnson
Release Date: 2017-02-16
Best-selling author and cannabis nurse, Steve Leonard-Johnson, has responded to his reader's requests for a more in-depth, medically oriented explanation of cannabis and how it works in the body. Many books being written today are shallow puff pieces, no more sophisticated than a magazine article, offering little or no understanding of how cannabis works in the body. In many cases, these books are being written by authors with little or no medical experience whatsoever. This author, an experienced critical care registered nurse with a PhD in alternative healthcare, took on the challenge and delivered.
Chapter 9 features cannabis as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-cancerous, anti-seizure, anti-spasmodic, anti-anxiety, and bone growth promoter when used in applied cannabinoid therapy in dentistry. It is no secret that treating patients with medical cannabis remains a misunderstood and controversial topic to many. A new word has been coined in the cannabis industry for those who still fear using cannabis: cannaphobia. Contributing to professional cannaphobia are the wide ranges of laws concerning medical cannabis. The laws seem disorganized, ambiguous, and confusing, not only from state to state, but from state to federal level as well. Many practitioners feel they may face trouble from the authorities if they recommend cannabis. On top of this, many practitioners have a lack of understanding of how medical cannabis works. Anyone who absorbs the information in this book will be able to hold his or her own in any conversation on the topic of medical cannabis. To be totally honest, I speak to many nurses and doctors who work in a completely allopathic setting, and they are clueless about medical cannabis, especially in the states where it is not as yet legal. This is understandable; however, it's probably not acceptable, in light of the fact that millions of people use cannabis as medicine. I think, as servants to the public, we need to ensure that our medical knowledge reflects the needs and reality of the public, not the other way around. A lack of knowledge about a medicine is not good form, especially in light of cannabis becoming one of the most significant medicines of our time and one of the most popular with the public. EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 6: Neuro Biological Aspects of Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain My clinical background has been rounded out from more than thirty years of hospital-based nursing and working as a medical massage therapist and biofeedback therapist in the clinical office setting. I was first licensed as a massage therapist in 1980 and then graduated nursing school in 1985. I received my biofeedback and psychiatric nursing certifications in 1989. During my thirty-plus years as a massage therapist, I have easily performed thousands of medical massage therapy and clinical biofeedback sessions. I did not mention in my bio that I also did medical massage therapy out of Dr. Jhaveri's medical office in Middletown, New York. It was when working with Dr. Jhaveri that I received my most intensive training in the psychophysiological aspects of stress and pain management. Also, in the summer of 1985, I was a massage therapist at Grossinger's Resort and Country Club in the Catskill Mountains in New York. I received a lot of invaluable training there from Grossinger's longtime resident masseur, a French physical therapist named Jules Bonnefin, PT, MsT. It was in the day-to-day work, apprenticing with the masters such as Jules and Dr. Jhavari, that I learned my trade. Massage therapists tune into muscles, and muscles at the basic.. END This book was written by best-selling cannabis nurse-author, Steven Leonard-Johnson, RN, PhD, who co-wrote "CBD-Rich Hemp Oil: Cannabis Medicine is Back." His book hit #1 in eleven countries on Amazon's best seller list in the category of psychopharmacology. This book, written by an ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse, is of the same caliber, yet goes even deeper into the psycho-physiological and neuro-biological mechanisms of medical cannabis. Steven's latest book is written with social consciousness in mind. He invited Vietnam Veteran Lieutenant Commander Al Byrne, USN, ret., to write the foreword of this book. By doing so, Lieutenant Commander Byrne has done an exquisite job in presenting a solid rationale for providing medical cannabis to Veterans. This is a powerful book designed to bring forth social change for a more compassionate society.
Author: Uwe Blesching
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Release Date: 2018
Genre: SOCIAL SCIENCE
An evidence-based guide to using cannabis to enhance pain relief safely, effectively, and economically while reducing the risks of opioid addiction Opioid addiction has exploded to epidemic proportions in the U.S. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids--more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills. Uwe Blesching, author of The Cannabis Health Index, clearly and thoroughly lays out the overwhelming benefits of using cannabis--not only to reduce the nation's dependence on opioids--but also to manage the craving and withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction, and especially to address the pain that leads to drug use and addiction in the first place. Citing statistics showing that states allowing legal access to cannabis have seen a 25 percent drop in opioid-related deaths, Blesching explains how precision applications of cannabis can alleviate the mental and emotional aspects of pain by modulating numerous neurotransmitters and their emotional counterparts. He presents a convincing case for the powerful benefits of cannabis in reducing the risks of addiction and overdose, cutting monetary costs, and restoring a sense of balance and control to those who struggle with pain.
Author: Juliana Birnbaum
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Release Date: 2017
Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS
CBD (cannabidiol) is a component of cannabis that can provide relief for conditions such as seizures, pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, arthritis, and a number of other issues. This book offers guidance on various forms of the medicine such as oil infusions, alcohol-based tinctures, capsules, and CO2 concentrated extracts. The information is organized by health condition and also by recommended CBD-rich strains, which do not produce the "highs" associated with THC. With dosage suggestions, potential side effects and contraindications, and the pharmacology of the plant, this is an essential guide for both doctors and patients looking for a nontoxic alternative to opiate-based pain medications and other pharmaceuticals. The authors present case studies, interviews with doctors who prescribe cannabidiol products, and the latest research regarding other active phytocannabinoids and terpenoids present in cannabis that are being studied for medical use. They also address the difference between CBD products derived from industrial hemp or in a lab, versus those made from medical marijuana using the whole plant. In addition to offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on CBD-dominant cannabis therapy for humans, this book is the first to offer guidance for using the medicine for animals, with suggestions for dosage and delivery and useful forms and strains for common health issues in pets. Finally, the authors take a look at the future of cannabis medicine, charting trends in the legalization movement and suggesting how CBD might be used to fight the opioid epidemic.
Author: Alison Mack
Publisher: National Academies Press
Release Date: 2000-11-30
Some people suffer from chronic, debilitating disorders for which no conventional treatment brings relief. Can marijuana ease their symptoms? Would it be breaking the law to turn to marijuana as a medication? There are few sources of objective, scientifically sound advice for people in this situation. Most books about marijuana and medicine attempt to promote the views of advocates or opponents. To fill the gap between these extremes, authors Alison Mack and Janet Joy have extracted critical findings from a recent Institute of Medicine study on this important issue, interpreting them for a general audience. Marijuana As Medicine? provides patients--as well as the people who care for them--with a foundation for making decisions about their own health care. This empowering volume examines several key points, including: Whether marijuana can relieve a variety of symptoms, including pain, muscle spasticity, nausea, and appetite loss. The dangers of smoking marijuana, as well as the effects of its active chemical components on the immune system and on psychological health. The potential use of marijuana-based medications on symptoms of AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and several other specific disorders, in comparison with existing treatments. Marijuana As Medicine? introduces readers to the active compounds in marijuana. These include the principal ingredient in Marinol, a legal medication. The authors also discuss the prospects for developing other drugs derived from marijuana's active ingredients. In addition to providing an up-to-date review of the science behind the medical marijuana debate, Mack and Joy also answer common questions about the legal status of marijuana, explaining the conflict between state and federal law regarding its medical use. Intended primarily as an aid to patients and caregivers, this book objectively presents critical information so that it can be used to make responsible health care decisions. Marijuana As Medicine? will also be a valuable resource for policymakers, health care providers, patient counselors, medical faculty and students--in short, anyone who wants to learn more about this important issue.
Author: Rav Ivker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-09-12
Genre: Health & Fitness
The first authoritative and comprehensive guide for treating chronic pain with medical marijuana from a holistic family physician who has treated more than six thousand chronic pain patients with cannabis. While the number of patients using medical marijuana increases every year, misconceptions about cannabis and whether it’s harmful or dangerous still exist. In Cannabis for Chronic Pain, Dr. Rav explains the potential of marijuana’s capacity for healing anyone afflicted with chronic pain. Medical marijuana is a safe, non-addictive alternative to dangerous opiate pain pills. Along with sharing his own story of using medical marijuana to heal from a severe case of shingles, Dr. Rav guides you through the cannabis and holistic treatment for your specific chronic pain condition. If you are suffering from arthritis, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, anxiety, depression, or pain from cancer or its treatment, this may be the book for you. Dr. Rav offers step by step instruction on the benefits and appropriate use of medical marijuana. And he dispels many of the misconceptions. Did you know that you don’t have to smoke or eat cannabis for it to be effective? There are now patches and drops. We are entering a new age of acceptance and perhaps most importantly, as Dr. Rav highlights, it is now possible to create a distinct cannabis prescription for different types of chronic pain. Find what works for you and finally get the relief you need. Cannabis for Chronic Pain is the new, definitive guide for anyone who suffers from chronic pain.
Author: Jonathan P. Caulkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2016-04-01
Genre: Political Science
Should we legalize marijuana? If we legalize, what in particular should be legal? Just possessing marijuana and growing your own? Selling and advertising? If selling becomes legal, who gets to sell? Corporations? Co-ops? The government? What regulations should apply? How high should taxes be? Different forms of legalization could bring very different results. This second edition of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know? discusses what is happening with marijuana policy, describing both the risks and the benefits of using marijuana, without taking sides in the legalization debate. The book details the potential gains and losses from legalization, explores the "middle ground" options between prohibition and commercialized production, and considers the likely impacts of legal marijuana on occasional users, daily users, patients, parents, and employers - and even on drug traffickers.
Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
Release Date: 2017-03-31
Significant changes have taken place in the policy landscape surrounding cannabis legalization, production, and use. During the past 20 years, 25 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis and/or cannabidiol (a component of cannabis) for medical conditions or retail sales at the state level and 4 states have legalized both the medical and recreational use of cannabis. These landmark changes in policy have impacted cannabis use patterns and perceived levels of risk. However, despite this changing landscape, evidence regarding the short- and long-term health effects of cannabis use remains elusive. While a myriad of studies have examined cannabis use in all its various forms, often these research conclusions are not appropriately synthesized, translated for, or communicated to policy makers, health care providers, state health officials, or other stakeholders who have been charged with influencing and enacting policies, procedures, and laws related to cannabis use. Unlike other controlled substances such as alcohol or tobacco, no accepted standards for safe use or appropriate dose are available to help guide individuals as they make choices regarding the issues of if, when, where, and how to use cannabis safely and, in regard to therapeutic uses, effectively. Shifting public sentiment, conflicting and impeded scientific research, and legislative battles have fueled the debate about what, if any, harms or benefits can be attributed to the use of cannabis or its derivatives, and this lack of aggregated knowledge has broad public health implications. The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids provides a comprehensive review of scientific evidence related to the health effects and potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis. This report provides a research agendaâ€"outlining gaps in current knowledge and opportunities for providing additional insight into these issuesâ€"that summarizes and prioritizes pressing research needs.
Author: Victor R. Preedy
Publisher: Academic Press
Release Date: 2016-12-31
Handbook of Cannabis and Related Pathologies: Biology, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, and Treatment is the first book to take an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of cannabis use and misuse. Recent worldwide trends toward decriminalizing marijuana for medical use have increased legal use of the drug and recreational use remains high, making cannabis one of the most commonly used drugs. Cannabis has a wide range of adverse neurological effects, and use and abuse can lead to physical, social, and psychopathological issues that are multifarious and complex. Effective understanding and treatment requires knowledge of the drug’s effects from across scientific disciplines. This book provides an overview of the biological and pharmacological components of the cannabis plant, outlines its neurological, social, and psychopathological effects, assists in the diagnosis and screening for use and dependency, and aids researchers in developing effective treatments for cannabis-related issues and disorders. Fully illustrated, with contributions from internationally recognized experts, it is the go-to resource for neuroscientists, pharmacologists, pathologists, public-health workers, and any other researcher who needs an in-depth and cross-disciplinary understanding of cannabis and its effects. Comprehensive chapters include an abstract, key facts, mini dictionary of terms, and summary points Presents illustrations with at least six figures, tables, and diagrams per chapter Provides a one-stop-shopping synopsis of everything to do with cannabis and its related pathology, from chemicals and cells, individuals and communities, and diagnosis and treatment Offers an integrated and informed synopsis of the complex issues surrounding cannabis as a substance, its use, and its misuse
Author: Institute of Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
Release Date: 1999-06-10
The medical use of marijuana is surrounded by a cloud of social, political, and religious controversy, which obscures the facts that should be considered in the debate. This book summarizes what we know about marijuana from evidence-based medicine--the harm it may do and the relief it may bring to patients. The book helps the reader understand not only what science has to say about medical marijuana but also the logic behind the scientific conclusions. Marijuana and Medicine addresses the science base and the therapeutic effects of marijuana use for medical conditions such as glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. It covers marijuana's mechanism of action, acute and chronic effects on health and behavior, potential adverse effects, efficacy of different delivery systems, analysis of the data about marijuana as a gateway drug, and the prospects for developing cannabinoid drugs. The book evaluates how well marijuana meets accepted standards for medicine and considers the conclusions of other blue-ribbon panels. Full of useful facts, this volume will be important to anyone interested in informed debate about the medical use of marijuana: advocates and opponents as well as policymakers, regulators, and health care providers.
Author: David J. Casarett
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Health & Fitness
A physician's exploration of the odd science of marijuana, and the industry that's sprung up around it. If you're diagnosed with a serious illness today, there's one thing you can look forward to: the ability to get stoned on legal, pharmaceutical-grade marijuana. The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in medical marijuana use, abetted by a new industry of farmers, distributors, manufacturers, and clinics that have created a need. But does pot really offer the medical benefits that its proponents promise? Or does it just make people feel good? Dr. David Casarett, a highly respected researcher and professor of medicine, sets out to find answers firsthand. He visits dispensaries in California and Colorado; smears marijuana paste on his legs while trekking through Nepal; samples pot wine; learns how vaporizers work; and tries the purest kind of hash, known as ?shatter.” The result is a light-hearted and much-needed medical practitioner's perspective on what marijuana is really good for, and whether the dangers outweigh the benefits.
Author: Ethan B Russo
Release Date: 2015-12-22
Genre: Health & Fitness
Discover herbal alternatives for the treatment of psychological disorders! Reliable and fact-filled, the Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs: A Scientific Analysis of Natural Treatments for Psychiatric Conditions offers psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, physicians, and students in these fields a comprehensive review of the history, pharmacology, chemistry, and uses of medicinal herbs. A valuable resource for understanding today's unregulated herbal marketplace, this essential guide examines such herbs as ginkgo, ginseng, kava kava, linden, German chamomile, St. John's wort, and valerian, among others. The Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs will help you make a well-informed decision on what herbal treatments may be effective and safe for patients, or for you! Figures show that 30 percent of American adults use herbs. The Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs investigates the medical value of over 30 well-known herbs through in-depth evaluations that will give you a fuller understanding of the uses and misuses of these natural remedies. This invaluable guide examines the history, use, and research findings of each herb. The Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs lists the effectiveness of each herb, guidelines for its use, and any precautions you need to be aware of, and also includes the author's recommendations on approved dosages. Containing cutting-edge information about herbal medicine, the Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs will assist readers in making intelligent choices about buying and using herbs. Some of the herbs discussed in this reliable and fact-filled book include: California poppy Chinese and American ginseng kava linden German and Roman chamomile St. John's wort lavender damiana passion flower plus many more! The Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs contains the history, use, phytochemistry, laboratory and clinical studies, and consumer and physician information for each of these widely-used herbs. This important book will help you better understand the role of plants in human psychopathophysiology and its treatment, enlightening you about alternative and proven herbal options for medical care. A Behavioral Science Book Club Main Selection!
Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally and Chronically Ill bridges the gap between the vast amounts of cannabis science and practical application for patients. The book translates medical science into layman's terms in a way that patients and their caregivers can understand and use to decide if cannabis is a fit for them, how to choose intake methods, understand risks and harm reduction strategies, and where to start in terms of establishing an effective dose. Where science does not exist, it provides the best possible anecdotal information compiled from experts and patients alike. People from all backgrounds are curious about cannabis. They are beginning to realize that much of the information they have been taught about cannabis is based on misinformation and fear, not science and reason. It is time we bring science to the forefront of the conversation about cannabis and dissolve the cloud of shame, secrecy and controversy around the use of this legitimate medicine and empower millions of people to get the relief they deserve. This book will help you understand: Why cannabis is a safe and versatile medicine How it works in the body to protect the brain, fight cancer, slow aging, reduce pain and inflammation Diseases benefited by cannabis Intake methods Risks of cannabis use & ways to mitigate them Components of cannabis and how they address various symptoms. Dr. Ethan Russo, a top global cannabis science expert in the U.S. has served as the medical editor for the book and has written the Foreword. Here is what he had to say about the book: "Nishi Whiteley has provided a great service in delivering a clear and refreshing voice and orientation to the subject of cannabis, born of necessity, and answering the critical questions: If I or my loved one suffer from an illness that "conventional medicine" has failed to treat adequately, might cannabis help, and if so, how would I go about using it properly?" Praise From Other Top Cannabis Experts "Nishi Whiteley's thorough and painstakingly researched work makes it possible for ordinary people, who may not be scientists or health professionals, but who nevertheless strive to provide the best caregiving for themselves and their loved ones at home, to have the benefit of an easy-to-use guide rich with practical, scientifically based information on the many ways to utilize cannabis for health and relief and come away with an understanding of the innate system in our bodies through which it acts." - Sunil K. Aggarwal MD, PhD, cannabinologist.org "Chronic Relief is not just a book about cannabis; it's a book about living life to its fullest, designed to empower readers to take control of their own health. Nishi Whiteley weaves together decades of cannabis research and experts' previously unpublished observations into a coherent and easily accessible format, emphasizing the findings that are most relevant to patient care and successful use of medical cannabis. The science is highlighted with hope-inspiring vignettes and all the practical tools and recipes required to achieve the maximal benefits and avoid the common pitfalls in cannabis medicine. This will become my most highly recommended book to my patients and their loved ones." - Dustin Sulak DO, healer.com Read more at http: //mychronicrelief.com/cannabis-book/
Author: Margaret A. Caudill
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Release Date: 2016-01-06
Genre: Health & Fitness
Hundreds of thousands of readers have found help and hope for getting their lives back from chronic pain in this empowering workbook. Top pain specialist and physician Margaret A. Caudill spells out 10 steps that can radically change the way pain sufferers feel--both physically and emotionally. From finding the best treatments to coping with flareups, solving everyday problems, and harnessing the power of relaxation techniques, the book is packed with tested solutions that users can tailor to their own needs. The fully updated fourth edition incorporates important advances in pain management and mind-body medicine. It features new content on mindfulness, a "Quick Skill" section in each chapter with simple exercises that can have an immediate impact, updated supplementary reading and resources (including smart phone apps), and more. Practical tools include MP3 audio downloads and easy-to-use worksheets that purchasers can now download and print.
Author: Margaret A. Caudill
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Release Date: 2015-12-21
Genre: Health & Fitness
Join the hundreds of thousands of readers who have found help and hope for getting their lives back from chronic pain in this empowering workbook. Top pain specialist and physician Margaret A. Caudill spells out 10 steps that can radically change the way you feel--both physically and emotionally. Dr. Caudill provides state-of-the-art information about the causes and treatment of pain and guides you to: *Identify what increases and decreases your symptoms.*Reduce your pain and emotional distress.*Make informed decisions about medications and nutritional therapies.*Benefit from relaxation (including audio downloads), meditation, and gentle exercise.*Communicate effectively about your pain.*Learn essential skills for coping and problem solving.*Set and meet doable personal goals (you can download and print additional copies of the worksheets as needed). The fully updated fourth edition incorporates important advances in pain management and mind–body medicine. It features new content on mindfulness, a "Quick Skill" section in each chapter with simple exercises that can have an immediate impact, updated supplementary reading and resources (including smartphone apps), and more.