Medical Marijuana Guide : Cannabis and Your Health
by Frye, Patricia C., M.d.; Smitherman, Dave (CON)

1 History of Cannabis: The Journey from Medicine to Intoxicant and Back Again
2 Legalization
3 Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and Flavonoids
4 Laboratory Testing
5 Clinical Conditions
6 Adverse Effects Associated with Cannabis Use for Medical Problems
7 First Doctor's Visit: Start with Your Provider
8 Ways to Medicate
9 Making Your Own Medicine
10 Hemp-Derived Cannabidiol (CBD)
11 Self-Care: Toning Your Endocannabinoid System
Appendix: Lists of Drugs by Metabolism161(4)
Works Cited191(22)
About the Author225

Offering an accessible guide to the use of cannabis in medical care, this work sheds light on the role of medical marijuana in treating everything from chronic pain to terminal illnesses.

Patricia Frye, MD, is an independent physician consultant with a focus on cannabis and the role it plays in the management of pain and chronic disease. Frye began in pediatrics, and after a fulfilling medical career, retired to a small farm. However, she longed to return to medicine and was particularly interested in the growing medical marijuana field. Now Frye is licensed to practice in Maryland, District of Columbia, Nevada, and California and runs her own practice, having evaluated over 4,000 patients and guided many through the process of adding medicinal cannabis to their medical regimen. Committed to furthering physician education in the field of cannabinoid medicine, Frye has lectured at medical schools, physician and hospital seminars, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She also makes television appearances and writes articles for alternative health publications.

Everything readers need to know about medical marijuana is contained in this handy guide. According to Frye, in 1996, California became the first state to legalize cannabis for medical use, although, as she also notes, cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for 5,000 years. Frye also observes that it has only been illegal for 75 years, more for sociopolitical reasons than for health concerns. Her guide is perfect for patients who haven't considered using the substance as a treatment alternative for various diseases and ailments, from cancer to anxiety, and for anyone involved with or interested in health care. Cannabis, she reports, has a low potential for addiction (6-9-percent versus 13-18 percent for alcohol). Although no one has ever died from a cannabis overdose, she does detail potential adverse effects, including impaired driving and gastrointestinal problems, drug interaction issues, and possible consequences of overuse. Frye includes chapters on legalization, laboratory testing, clinical conditions, ways to medicate, and self-care. In all, a useful and timely guide. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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