The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana—Revised and Updated

Michael Backes
Foreword by Andrew Weil

The most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana. Revised and updated with approximately 15% all-new material, including the latest information on varietals, delivery and dosing, and treatable conditions.

In Cannabis Pharmacy, expert Michael Backes offers evidence-based information on using cannabis to treat an array of ailments and conditions. He provides information on how cannabis works with the body's own system, how best to prepare and administer it, and how to modify and control dosage. This newly revised edition is now completely up-to-date with the latest information on the body's encannabinoid system, which is now understood to control emotion, appetite, and memory, delivery and dosing of cannabis, including e-cigarette designs, additional varietals, and a new system for classification, as well as 21 additional ailments and conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. There are currently more than 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 25 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is legal.

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 Healing8 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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