Review of Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana
It is estimated that there are currently more than 4.2 million medical cannabis users, or patients, in the United States and twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.
As medical cannabis becomes an accepted herbal medicine, there is a demand for clear and easy-to-follow information for the layperson based on the latest sound medical and evidence-based research.
In my opinion, “Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana” is the most comprehensive and easy to understand book available on medical marijuana and its use – it is fantastic!
About the Author:
Michael Backes specializes in cannabis science and policy issues and is a great communicator. He is active with Project CBD, a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (CBD) (a non-psychoactive cannabis molecule), the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, and is a member of the American Herbal Products Association’s Cannabis Committee.
He is not your average pot fan and has previously worked with one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, Michael Crichton. He co-wrote the screenplay for the movie of Crichton’s book, “Rising Sun” and was part of the graphics design team on the movie, “Jurassic Park.” Now he brings his communication talents to the issue of medical marijuana, and he does it in a really friendly, practical way, while still delivering large amounts of information to those who need it.
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. He holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and has sold approximately 10 million books, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimal Health, and Healthy Aging.
Dr Weil has a great line in his forward, saying, “During it’s long exile, cannabis was falsely characterized as a dangerous narcotic.” He also tells about how in 1942 the American Medical Association fought to keep cannabis as a legitimate medicinal drug, but lost its battle, which lead to the 70 year exile.
About “Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana”
The design is excellent, very visual, has great graphics and is easily readable with a friendly, conversational voice.
It is not cut up into chapters, but is in four loosely defined “Parts”.
Part 1 – a conglomeration of cannabis history and biology, but quickly switches to how cannabinoids work in the body and how they even interact with some prescribed and over-the-counter medications. A good explanation of terpenes and how they augment the effects of the cannabis in the body is here too. It also deals with the “adverse effects” of short-term and long-term use, along with a few paragraphs about “over-medication”.
Part 2 – “Using Medical Cannabis”, and goes through all the basics that anyone new to cannabis would have to figure out on their own. This is the next best thing to having an experienced user to guide you. It also discussed contaminants, pesticides, and other adulterants, particularly useful for underground users depending on an unregulated black market for their medicine.
Part 3 – “Varieties of Medical Cannabis” is a complete section on the common strains and what they are used for.
Part 4 – the major part of the book and where the value comes in, with the “Medical Uses of Cannabis”. It is comprehensive list of the various ailments and medical conditions that can be treated with medicinal cannabis and the corresponding strains good for those specific conditions. It covers many studies covering anxiety, Alzheimer’s, autism, fibromyalgia, Hep C, MS, Parkinson’s and PTSD.
If you have a family member that is looking for good science based information on using cannabis medicinally, this is a fantastic book.
I strongly recommend “Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana”, if only to broaden your perspective and to realize how much the times have now changed.
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