Title Fast Facts about Medical Cannabis and Opioids
Subtitle Minimizing Opioid Use Through Cannabis
Author Gregory L. Smith, Kevin F. Smith
ISBN 9780826142993
List price USD 35.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 254
Book size 127 x 203 mm
Publishing year 2021
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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Sales territory Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
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Helps nurses to provide the best and safest care for patients suffering from chronic pain

This is the first book to discuss the use of medical cannabis in helping combat the opioid crisis, relieving pain, and reversing opioid addiction rates. With information presented in short chapters with bulleted content, this concise resource delivers all the information healthcare professionals need to know about non–cancer-related chronic pain, the opioid crisis, and medical cannabis. Using the most up-to-date evidence available, it examines the varied causes of chronic pain and provides a succinct overview of how cannabis can be integrated into treatment plans.

Fast Facts About Medical Cannabis and Opioids delves into the epidemiology behind chronic pain, what the endocannabinoid system is, and how it works. It examines the complex interactions of opiates, cannabinoids, and the central nervous system, and answers key questions about different types of medical cannabis to promote open, honest conversations. Above all, this handbook provides the tools for obtaining unbiased, accurate information to share with patients.


Key Features:

  • Delivers a comprehensive overview of the opioid crisis in the United States and the benefits and drawbacks of medical cannabis as an alternative or supplement to opioids
  • Discusses dos and don’ts of recommending medical cannabis to patients
  • Provides the most up-to-date information on cannabis legislation
  • Covers the endocannabinoid system and its biology
  • Compares the use of opioids and medical cannabis for managing chronic pain
  • Presents key information in short chapters, bulleted content, and figures, plus Fast Facts boxes that highlight key information





Part I:  The Opioid Epidemic

Chapter 1. Chronic Pain and Opioids

Chapter 2. Current Costs of the Opioid Epidemic

Chapter 3. Opioid Use Disorder


Part II: Overview of Cannabis

Chapter 4. History and Legality of Cannabis

Chapter 5. Overview of the Endocannabinoid System


Part III: Cannabinoids

Chapter 6. Cannabinoids and Terpenes

Chapter 7. Synthetic Cannabinoid Pharmaceuticals

Chapter 8. Isolate Cannabinoid Pharmaceuticals


Part IV: Medical Marijuana

Chapter 9. Medical Marijuana and Bioavailability

Chapter 10. Side Effects of Cannabis Use


Part V: Chronic Pain Management

Chapter 11. Causes of Chronic Pain

Chapter 12. Treating Chronic Pain With Opioids

Chapter 13. Treating Chronic Pain With Cannabinoids


Part VI: Cannabinoids and the Opioid Crisis

Chapter 14. Cannabinoid and Opioid Interactions

Chapter 15. Cannabis as an Adjunct to Opioids

Chapter 16. Opioid Sparing With Cannabinoids


Appendix A. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Appendix B. National Institutes of Drug Abuse Quick Screen and NIDA-Modified ASSIST Screenings for Opioid Use Disorder

Appendix C. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Calculating Total Daily Dose of Opioids for Safer Dosage


About the Authors:

Gregory L. Smith, MD, MPH, earned his medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago and a master’s of public health from Harvard University. He completed residency training in preventive medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is a former major in the U.S. Army and has had extensive experience and education in the field of cannabinoid medications.

His previous book, Medical Cannabis: Basic Science and Clinical Applications, is a scientifically based textbook directed at educating medical students and medical professionals on the science and applications of cannabinoid medications. He has also written CBD: What You Need to Know, designed to empower the average patient and caregiver with the effects of cannabidiol (CBD).

Dr. Smith consults as a scientific and medical adviser on cannabis and cannabinoid therapeutics with over a dozen companies in four countries.


Kevin F. Smith, MD, MPH, completed his medical degree and then went on to receive a master’s of public health from Yale University while completing residency in occupational and preventive medicine at both Yale and the University of Iowa.

As a board-certified physician, Dr. Smith’s 30-odd years’ experience has seen his broad skillset coalesce into sought-after expertise. He has provided leadership as the medical director and the director of medical operations (DMO) for multiple healthcare systems, including a large healthcare system in Northwest Ohio ranked as a top 50 hospital system in the United States.

While in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Kevin F. Smith reached the status of lieutenant colonel. He has been deployed several times, in the capacity of field surgeon and preventive medicine physician.

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Target Audience:

It is a resource for anyone working with patients experiencing chronic noncancer-related pain, including physician assistants nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and bedside nurses.

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