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Medical Cannabis: What Clinicians Need to Know and Why

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Gregory L. Smith, MD, MPH
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Up to now there has been no serious textbook for training clinicians and medical students about the use, efficacy, and monitoring of medical cannabis. Medical Cannabis is the first, single source for concise, up-to-date information about which conditions respond to cannabis, dosing guidance, and the safe use of cannabis by patients. This book provides the basic science and clinical information necessary to make the practicing physician feel comfortable answering questions about cannabis as well as recommending it as a medication. Medical Cannabis is an indispensable resource for primary care physicians, family practice physicians, internists, pain specialists, oncologists, geriatricians, medical students, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others who are involved with recommending medical cannabis to their patients.

NOTE: The eBook version is online access only and NOT downloadable

Table of Contents
      Introduction: Why a Book for Clinicians on Medical Cannabis?
      Part I. Background and Fundamentals
      Chapter 1. History of Human Use of Cannabis
      Chapter2. Overview of Medical Cannabis
      Chapter 3. The Endocannabinoid System
      Chapter 4. Plant-Based Cannabinoids
      Chapter 5. Cannabis Pharmaceuticals
      Chapter 6. Vehicles for Delivery and Routes of Administration
      Part II. Conditions and Symptoms
      Chapter 7. Qualifying Conditions under Current Laws
      Chapter 8. Conditions and Symptoms Responsive to Medical Cannabis
            Part III. Medical Cannabis in Clinical Practice
      Chapter 9. Overview
      Chapter 10. Pharmacogenetic Testing
      Chapter 11. Writing Recommendation Letters for Cannabis Use
      Chapter 12. Monitoring Cannabis Medication
      Chapter 13. Cannabis Dependence and Psychological Adverse Effects
      Chapter 14. Specific Types of Patients and Related Issues
      Chapter 15. Insurance and Coding Issues
      Chapter 16. Working with Other Professionals in the Community
      References Epilogue: The Future of Medical Cannabis
      A. States Where Medical Marijuana is Legal
      B. Prototype of Recommendation Letter
      C. Textbook Examination Questions

Publication Date 2016
Format Softcover, 303 pages
ISBN 978-1-883595-72-2
Product Code A101
Dr. Gregory Smith earned his medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago, and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. He completed residency training in Preventive Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Since leaving the US Army with the rank of Major, Doctor Smith has been in primary care practice in California, Georgia and Florida for the past 25 years. He first trained on use of medical cannabis in California in 2000, and has made medical cannabis and CBD oil part of his practice since that time. Dr. Smith is an avid writer, having published two medical textbooks, a novel called Malpractice, and articles with many magazines and over a dozen peer reviewed medical publications.