Title Medical Cannabis Handbook for Healthcare Professionals
Author Christine Nazarenus
ISBN 9780826135636
List price USD 45.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 272
Book size 203 X 279 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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Sales territory Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
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Helps healthcare professionals navigate the maze of information and disinformation about medical cannabis

Written for all healthcare professionals who are considering including medical cannabis in their treatment plans, this is the first handbook to disseminate all the information needed to advise patients safely and legally. Replete with evidence-based guidelines firmly grounded in the most up-to-date research, this resource covers the historical, legal, and biological context of medical cannabis so healthcare professionals can confidently discuss possible plans with their patients.

Medical Cannabis Handbook for Healthcare Professionals delves into the biology of the endocannabinoid system, addressing how cannabis interacts with the body, its effects and side effects, and how to manage cannabis–drug interactions. Chapters discuss in detail how to talk to patients, what language providers can and cannot use, protocols for patient-centered dosing, and the variety of available cannabinoid pharmaceuticals. Based on the latest research, this book demonstrates the efficacy of cannabis in treating a broad range of symptoms and conditions. Written for any healthcare professional who might have to answer patient questions about medical cannabis, this handbook dispels common myths and confirms little-known facts about medical cannabis.



  • Delivers the most up-to-date, evidence-based research on medical cannabis to enhance understanding of this complex topic
  • Provides historical, legal, and biological content so that healthcare professionals can confidently discuss medical cannabis with patients
  • Dispels common cannabis myths and misinformation
  • Discusses pain management regarding cannabis and opioids


Chapter 1: Legal Landscape • Introduction • Federal Legal Overview • Other Patent and Trademark Consideration • Federal Law Outline • Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 USCV 801, et. seq.) • Ogden Memo • Cole Memo • Wilkinson Memo • The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment • Taxes • No Bankruptcy Protection for Cannabis Businesses • Employment Law • Access to Banking • Additional Legal Considerations for Medical Professionals • Conant V. Walters—Healthcare Professionals Recommendations • Affirmative Defense • Medical Professionals (May and May Not) • Reference List

Chapter 2: An Ancient Plant for Modern Illnesses • Early History of Cannabis Use • Sativa • Indica • Cannabis Timeline • Cannabis In the West • U.S. Prohibition • The Medical Implications of U.S. Prohibition • Class of Drug • How Drugs Are Classified In the U.S. • Medical Cannabis Today • Hemp Versus Cannabis • Ruderalis • Reference List

Chapter 3: The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System • Discovering the Endocannabinoid System • Raphael Mechoulam, PhD • Brain’s Chemical – Anandamide • Drug – THC • The Endocannabinoid System: The Body’s Supercomputer • Location of CB1 and CB2 Receptors • Why the Endocannabinoid System Isn’t Taught In Medical Schools • The Molecular Structure • 2-AG (2-Arachidonoylglycerol) • Anandamide (N-Arachidonoylethanolamine) • How THC Attaches to Receptors • Reference List

Chapter 4: The Endocannabinoid System • The Endocannabinoid System • Endocannabinoids • ECS Receptors • How Cannabinoids Attach to Receptors • Receptors Are Found on All Cell Surfaces • The Human Endocannabinoid System • CB1 & CB2 Receptors – CBD, CBN and THC Fit Like a “Lock & Key” • Retrograde Inhibition • A Sprawling System Unlike Others • Endocannabinoids and Human Thriving Behavior • Infant and Early Childhood Development • Reference List

Chapter 5: Cannabinoids and Terpenes • Major Cannabinoids • THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) • CBD (Cannabidiol) • Minor Cannabinoids and Terpenes • Minor Cannabinoids • CBG (Cannabigerol) • CBC (Cannabichromenic) • CBN (Cannabinol) • THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarinic) • Cannabinoid Guide • Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoids • Psychoactive Cannabinoids • Terpenes • The 411 on Terpenes • Trichomes • Terpene Chart • Limonene • Myrcene • Pinene • Ocimene • Linalool • b-Caryophyllene • Terpinolene • a-Humulene • Nerolidol • The Entourage Effect • Tolerance and Endocannabinoid System Down Regulation • Causes of Death By Drug (1999–2017) • Botanical Versus Single Molecule Compounds • Cannabinoids and Opioids • Reference List • Terpene Reference List

Chapter 6: Cannabinoid Pharmaceuticals • FDA-Approved Cannabinoid Medications • Current FDA Approved Medications • Dronabinol (Marinol®) • Nabilone (Cesamet®) • Dronabinol oral solution (Syndros®) • Cannabidiol (Epidiolex®) • Dronabinol (Marinol®) Capsules • Dronabinol Facts • Nabilone (Cesamet®) Capsules • Nabilone Facts • Dronabinol Oral Solution (Syndros®) • Dronabinol Oral Solution Facts • Cannabidiol (Epidiolex®) • Cannabidiol Facts • Cannabidiol Extract Research • Nabiximols (Sativex®) • Nabiximols Facts • Future Cannabinoid Pharmaceuticals • Isolate Versus Whole Plant Extract Dosing Curve • 2018 Federal Farm Bill and Access To Cannabidiol • Reference List

Chapter 7: Getting Cannabinoids Into the Bloodstream • The Role of the Dispensary • What Dispensary Consultants Can Say • What Dispensary Consultants Cannot Say • Flower Versus Concentrates • Flower • Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Flower • Concentrates: Dabs, Shatter, Wax, Budder, Bho, Rosin • Different Forms of Concentrates • Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Concentrates • Extraction Methods • Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Extraction Methods • How To Dab In Three Easy Steps • Forms of Medicating • Inhalation/Smoking • Onset, Duration and Bioavailability • Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Inhalation/Smoking • Anatomy of a Bong • Tube • Ice Pinch • Diffused Downstem • Bowl • Beaker Base • Inhalation/Vaporization • Onset, Duration and Bioavailability • Different Types of Vaporizers • Myth Versus Fact • Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Inhalation/Vaporization • Anatomy of a Vape Pen • Battery • Button • Tank/Chamber • Atomizer • Mouth Piece • Edibles • Onset, Duration and Bioavailability • Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Edibles • Know Your Edibles • New to Edibles (Dosing Guide) • Oral, Mucosal: Tinctures, Sprays, Sublingual Drops • Onset, Duration and Bioavailability • Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Oral Mucosal • Topicals • Onset, Duration and Bioavailability • Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Topicals • Suppositories • Onset, Duration and Bioavailability • Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Suppositories • Delivery Methods and Timing • Inhalation • Tincture • Topical • Ingestion • Reference List

Chapter 8: Patient Centered Dosing • Introduction • Set and Setting • Drug-Drug Interactions • Relative Contraindications • Pregnant and Nursing Mothers • Youth Under • Patients With Cardiac Conditions • Patients With Psychiatric Diagnoses • Immunocompromised Patients • Biphasic Effect • How CBD Cuts the Negative Effects of THC • Basic Dosing Protocol • Finding Your CBD: THC Ratio • CBD Dominant • CBD Bridge • CBD Harmony • CBD Synergy • CBD Balance • Recommended Ratios for Specific Illnesses • Dosing and Delivery: Clinical Pearls • Inhalation • Edibles • Tinctures • Topicals • Reference List

Chapter 9: Laboratory Testing • How Testing Works • Contaminants: Pesticides, Fungi, and Molds • How to Interpret a Test • Reference List

Chapter 10: Clinical Practice • Introduction • Anxiety Disorders • Cannabis In Anxiety Treatment • Proposed Mechanism • Cancer • Cannabis In Cancer Treatment • Proposed Mechanism • Epilepsy • Cannabis In Epilepsy Treatment • Proposed Mechanism • Gastrointestinal Disorders • Cannabis In Gastrointestinal Disorders • Proposed Mechanism • Sleep Disorders • Cannabis In Sleep Disorders • THC • CBD • CBN • Terpenes • Proposed Mechanism • Migraine Headaches • Cannabis In Migraine Treatment • Proposed Mechanism • Neurodegenerative Disorders • Cannabis In Neurodegenerative Disorders • Proposed Mechanism • Pain • Cannabis In Pain Treatment • Proposed Mechanism • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Cannabis Benefits PTSD Treatment • Proposed Mechanism • Treatment Guide • Know Your Cannabinoids • What Is Medical Marijuana Used For? • Reference List

Chapter 11: Cannabis and Opioids • Pain Management Today • The Addictive Potential of Opioid Prescriptions • Percent Probability Patient Is Still Using Opioids After One Year • The Majority of Drug Overdose Deaths – (More Than Six Out of 10 Involve An Opioid) • 130 Americans Die Every Day from an Opioid Overdose • Cannabis and Opioids: The Good News • Semi-Synthetic Opiates (Opioids) • Cannabis and Nsaids: More Good News • Reference List •

Chapter 12: Side Effects of Cannabis Use • Effects of Marijuana and Marijuana Products • Short-Term Side Effects • Long-Term Side Effects • Physical Effects • Breathing Problems • Increased Heart Rate • Problems With Child Development During and After Pregnancy • Intense Nausea and Vomiting • Stroke • Additional Physical Effects • Mental Effects • Important Information/What To Avoid • Cannabis and Driving • Health Effects of Marijuana Abuse • Unintentional Cannabis Overdose • Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome • Marijuana Use Disorder • Illicit Drug Addiction Rates • Symptoms of Overuse, Abuse, and Addiction • Reference List

Chapter 13: Medical Marijuana Myths and Facts • Cannabis Is A Gateway Drug • Cannabis Is Highly Addictive • Cannabis Kills Brain Cells • Cannabis Kills Motivation • Cannabis Impairs Memory • Cannabis Leads to Insanity • Cannabis Causes Lung Cancer • Most Recreational Users Are Heavy Users • Is Cannabis Dangerous? • Reference List •

Glossary of Terms • Index

About the Editors:

Christine Nazarenus: Before founding Medical Marijuana 411, Ms. Nazarenus successfully sold, implemented, and configured Digital Asset Management Systems for Fortune 500 companies and some of the largest publishers in the world. She is an expert in social media and digital strategies and is a content management specialist offering digital consulting services to top brands for their online strategies. It was after securing a contract with a major retailer out of Chicago, that Chris had an opportunity to help the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an archive strategy. In 1998, she then had the vision to “flip” the traditional archival strategy and develop an online strategy unheard of at the time. She would leave the corporate world to launch her first start up, Artemis Images with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as her first client.

Ms. Nazarenus has been quoted in D.A. Benton’s book, How to Act Like a CEO. Artemis Images’ business case is featured in Technology Ventures – From Ideas to Enterprise, McGraw Hill and studied by MBA students worldwide. In 2007, Chris was a nominee for the prestigious Denver Business Journals’ Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Chris is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound.

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Written for any healthcare professional who might have to answer patient questions about medical cannabis, this handbook dispels common myths and confirms little-known facts about medical cannabis.

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