Cannabis Pharmacy

The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

Evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties

Michael Backes
Foreword by Andrew Weil, M.D.

The most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana

There are currently 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 20 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis legal. As medical cannabis grows in popularity and legality, there is a demand for clear, easy-to-follow information for the layperson based on the latest sound medical and evidence-based research.

Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy explores the cannabis varietals most effective for treating various conditions; shows how to identify those varietals; and describes how to prepare and store the varietal, how best to administer the preparation, and how to modify and control dosage. Also included is a guide to treating 29 ailments and illnesses for which doctors commonly recommend medical marijuana, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

Meticulously researched and written in an easy and accessible style, Cannabis Pharmacy provides the clearest, most complete, and most practical information available on the use and benefits of medical marijuana.

Listen to author Michael Backes discuss medical marijuana in an audio interview with BoingBoing below!


Michael Backes specializes in cannabis science and policy issues at a southern California consultancy, which maintains clients throughout the United States. He previously founded the first evidence-based medical cannabis dispensary. Backes is active with Project CBD, a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (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 lives in Southern California.

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. Approximately 10 million of Dr. Weil’s books have been sold, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimal Health, and Healthy Aging.

Pre-Publication Praise for Cannabis Pharmacy!

“[T]horough, accurate, and yet easy to read coverage of what every prescribing physician and patient needs to know about medical marijuana, its metabolism and effects, its risks and possible benefits, along with cautions and details about available forms and modes of administration.” —Sander Greenland, Professor Emeritus, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles


“Michael Backes presents much valuable knowledge collected from diverse disciplines, supporting present-day practical approaches to effectively using medical cannabis—most importantly, which varieties may work best for certain medical conditions—and prepares us for what to expect in the near future. Cannabis Pharmacy is well written, informative, and most of all a timely as well as a fascinating read.” — Robert C. Clarke, Projects Manager, International Hemp Association, and author of Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany

“A superbly written and easily accessible expert guide filled with practical know-how . . . It will undoubtedly become an essential foundational educational text about the value and depth of the human–cannabis relationship, and how to apply the very best of what is known about medical cannabis to maximize health and well-being.” —Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, MD, PhD, medical cannabis expert,

“Crucial reading for anyone interested in cannabis and the new frontier of cannabis medicine.” —Mark Haskell Smith, author of Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup

“Now, more than ever, people need clear, well researched, unbiased, factual reporting about the benefits and drawbacks of marijuana use. This book provides that . . . [It] is destined to become the standard work on the subject.” —Barry Miles, author of Call Me Burroughs, founder of the Indica Bookstore, and Beats historian

“There is now so much science supporting the legalization and acceptance of medical marijuana use, yet not enough effective communication . . . Cannabis Pharmacy excels at filling that need.” —Randy Olson, author of Don’t Be Such A Scientist: Talking Substance in the Age of Style

“An excellent compendium for anyone considering—or using—medical marijuana. Highly recommended.” —Martin A. Lee, director of Project CBD and author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana


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