For hundreds of years cannabis has been used as a therapeutic medicine around the world. Cannabis was an accepted medicine during the second half of the 19th century, but its use declined because single agent pain medications were advocated by physicians who demanded standardization of medicines. It was not until 1964 when the chemical structure of THC (delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) was elucidated and its pharmacological effects began to be understood.

Numerous therapeutic effects of cannabis have been reviewed, but cannabis-based medicines are still an enigma because of legal issues. Many patients could benefit from cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids found in Cannabis sativa L. These patients suffer from medical conditions including chronic pain, chronic inflammatory diseases, neurological disorders, and other debilitating illnesses.

As more states are legalizing medical cannabis, prescribers need a reliable source which provides clinical information in a succinct format. This book focuses on the science of cannabis as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supplement. It discusses cannabis uses in the human body for bone health/osteoporosis; brain injury and trauma; cancer; diabetes; gastrointestinal conditions; mental health disorders; insomnia; pain; anxiety disorders; depression; migraines; eye disorders; and arthritis and inflammation. There is emphasis on using the whole plant — from root to raw leaves and flowers discussing strains, extraction and analysis, and use of cannabis-infused edibles.


Provides an understanding of the botanical and biochemistry behind cannabis as well as its use as a dietary supplement.             

Discusses endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors.                                               

Includes information on antioxidant benefits, pain receptors using cannabinoids, and dosage guidelines.

Presents research on cannabis treatment plans, drug-cannabis interactions and dosing issues, cannabis vapes, edibles, creams, and suppositories.                                                                                                                 

Multiple appendices including a glossary of cannabis vocabulary, how to use cannabis products, a patient guide and recipes as well as information on cannabis for pets.                            

chapter 1|7 pages

What is Hemp?

ByMiles Sarill

chapter 2|5 pages

Endocannabinoid System & Cannabinoid Receptors

ByBetty Wedman-St Louis

chapter 3|11 pages

Why Terpenes Matter—The Entourage Effect

ByBetty Wedman-St Louis

chapter 4|9 pages

Cannabis Flavonoids—Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

ByBetty Wedman-St Louis

chapter 5|5 pages

Cannabis Pharmacology

An Interview with Ethan B. Russo, M.D.
ByBetty Wedman-St Louis

chapter 6|8 pages

Endocannabinoids & Phytocannabinoids in Pain Management *

ByChris D. Meletis

chapter 7|9 pages

Hemp Oil in the Management of Pain, Inflammation, & Stress *

ByChris D. Meletis

chapter 8|10 pages

Many Applications of Hemp in Neurological & Gut-Brain Axis *

ByChris D. Meletis

chapter 9|8 pages

Endocannabinoid Role in Gut Health *

ByChris D. Meletis

chapter 10|38 pages

Cannabidiol in Mental Health Disorders

ByAlline C. de Campos, Felipe V. Gomes, Samia R. Joca, Francisco S. Guimarães

chapter 11|12 pages

Emerging Clinical and Mechanistic Support for CBD Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

ByKaylee Martig, Keelee Reid, Joshua S. Kaplan

chapter 12|32 pages

Recent Cannabinoid Delivery Systems

ByNatascia Bruni, Carlo Della Pepa, Simonetta Oliaro-Bosso, Daniela Gastaldi, Franco Dosio, Enrica Pessione

chapter 13|19 pages

Achieving and Sustaining Precision Effects

Understanding and Prescribing Cannabis Chemotypes
ByUwe Blesching

chapter 14|10 pages

Drug Interactions & Dosing Issues

ByBetty Wedman-St Louis

chapter 15|23 pages

Cannabis Nutrition

ByBetty Wedman-St Louis

chapter 16|10 pages

Cannabis, a Bio-Spiritual Remedy for Addiction

ByJoseph J. Morgan, Kenneth Blum

chapter 17|4 pages

Cannabis Use in Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, & Different Religions

ByBetty Wedman-St Louis

chapter 18|8 pages

Legal Landscape

ByRobert T. Hoban

chapter 19|7 pages

Medical Certification for Healthcare Practitioners *

ByChris D. Meletis

chapter 20|12 pages

Cannabis Training Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals

ByAlexander Fossi, Judith Spahr, Charles Pollack

chapter 21|11 pages

Analysis Update—Full Spectrum Cannabis

ByRobert Clifford, Scott Kuzdzal, Paul Winkler, Will Bankert

chapter 22|4 pages

Cannabis for Pets

ByBetty Wedman-St Louis

chapter 23|20 pages

How To Use Cannabis As Medicine

ByBetty Wedman-St Louis