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Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

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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 informatio ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Black Dog & Leventhal (first published October 8th 2013)
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Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really helpful and informative guide for using cannabis to help treat a variety of medical conditions, including specific strain information as it relates to particular medical and mental health disorders. This reads very much like a reference textbook but is packed with scientific information, ranging from what cannabis can and cannot do, to our body's own Endocannabinoid system. If you use cannabis, this is a must-read! ...more
Barbara  Lynn
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received Cannabis Pharmacy by Michael Backes in a Goodreads giveaway.

If you are looking for a book with answers to your questions about marijuana, this is the book. A quick look at the index on Part 4, shows the many medical uses. If you are a skeptic then your will probably think that it is ridiculous that it could cure all these diseases, but you should take the time to read this section.

The first section I turned to was diabetes since I have diabetes. I was happy to read that they think it
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ARC from Net Galley in exchange for a honest review. As an individual with a chronic illness/ autoimmune disease who lives with everyday pain, I found this book extremely informative. You can look up your specific condition and learn about what type is best for you and the most effective way of ingesting it. There are also sections on each of the specific types of marijuana so you can see why it might benefit you specifically. Overall a very informative read!
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the better guides for lay people. It covers the ECS in more depth than others but it still doesn't go too deep. ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, sound book with solid information explaining marijuana and the medicinal benefits. This book details the way various strains work, the types of strains, CBD vs THC, the differences between Indicas vs. hybrids vs. Sativas, the conditions they can treat, and details the benefits and downsides of certain strands and how they can be used (some smoked, some vaped, some topicals, some edible, flower vs. oil, etc). It clearly explains the way marijuana can heal and be used for medicinal purp ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I like how this reference is separated by ailment/diagnosis, so you know right where to go for the treatment suggestions for what ails you. Very knowledgable reading, with some good insight into what makes it work, and even negative side effects to watch for. Great reference for those looking to use more natural ways to be healthy without pharmaceuticals.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read many books and this is by far the most comprehensive and most readable I have read on medical cannabis. It contains a list of conditions (50 ) if treatable w cannabis, possible deliveries, and dosing. He discusses the history of its use in the past, what we understand about how it works with the body's own endocannabinoid system and the best delivery method. Also the varieties and classification of different types and cautions about who can use and what we don't yet know.

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Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very informative book written in such a way that you don't have to be a doctor to understand. Various medical conditions are discussed along with the ways that MMJ can or cannot help. I appreciated the honesty and lack of miraculous claims. My primary interest in reading this book was to learn exactly what chemicals are in MMJ and how they work to alleviate symptoms of various illnesses. Terpenes? THC-A? High CBD? It's all in here. I subtracted a star because certain brand names of MMJ are liste ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
My favourites parts of Backes book were "Part 1: Cannabis as a Medicine" and "Part 3: Varieties of Medical Cannabis." I really enjoyed how he included a brief history of cannabis, described the endocannabinoid system, and provided information about terpenes and strains. I gave his book 4 stars instead of 5 because in 2021 some of the information about cannabis in relation to medical conditions has changed --due to this I think it is important that people consult a medical professional rather tha ...more
Mexx Holweg
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very recommendable book for anyone that wants to broaden their knowledge about medicinal cannabis. The book uses many legitimate scientific resources to back up the information given in the books. Something that is severely lacking in the modern-day cannabis industry. The book covers evolution theories of medicinal cannabis, the secondary metabolites of interest (cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids), the endocannabinoid system, and the chemical profiles of notorious cultivars. Definitely a mus ...more
Spencer Caster-Hawk
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the most research driven but also interesting book teaching readers of ways to use marijuana as well as how each strain affects the body. The book also went into detailed information on how cannabis can help diseases.
Amber Schroer
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best resources on explanations of all the how and whys as far as using cannabis to treat illness/disease.

Written 2014, some facts may be outdated - but his explanation of the varying cultivars is helpful for future use -

Gato Negro
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great, simple to read and understand guide for those who have a medical condition which warrants exploration of MM as a treatment option.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Well researched, unbiased, informative and interesting. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for information on cannibis for medicinal purposes.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book. A great business. Fascinating detailed strain guide with in depth analysis of medicinal attributes of this herb.
K. Mosher
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
A great beginners guide to medical use. Very easy to read, unlike others.
James Thomas
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good informative book. As a non-user, this was enlightening. Hopefully medical cannabis actually gets the scientific studies it actually deserves.
Sally Hannoush
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To be honest my father saw a special on T.V. on medical marijuana and it compelled me to try to win this book so I could find out more. He is against all kinds of drugs but thinks this would be a better alternative to all the pills people take. Sometimes I take pills that causes me to take other pills because of side effects that causes me to have other issues. It's a crazy cycle. It is not legal here yet but I have found several doctors that would support this type of treatment. The book lists ...more
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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** Received free ARC from GoodReads First Reads **

This book is well put together. The book is broken into sections with a table of contents. This makes for easy access to whatever information one may be looking for. The book is also well written and easy to understand. The information contained in the book is not one-sided but contains positive and negative information on the subject of medical marijuana. I like the fact that book includes a section for specific uses and is not just a general "w
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I was a First Read Winner of this book and I found it very informative. Any questions you ever had about cannabis this book will probably answer. It is very well put together and easy to understand. I think this book will come in handy if you are looking for an alternative approach to your health care. I had been familiar with its uses for nausea and vomiting, having had some friends and family members suffering from cancer, but I was surprised to see all the other medical benefits. It might not ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a comprehensive book that probably answers most of your questions about cannabis. From a brief history, to ways to consume, explanation of different varieties, and some disorders that cannabis helps, this book has it all. What I liked about the book was how it broke down how specific parts of cannabis affects the body. It is truly sad that this plant has been demonized for so long when it actually is much more helpful than a lot of medicine out there. For those who were unsure of their s ...more
Patk Siebel
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(Received a free ARC from First Reads)

A wonderful, comprehensive guide broken down into helpful sections detailing health benefits of various strains. It was refreshing to see this wasn't a one-sided, flat read capitalizing on current interest in legalization. The studies were well-rounded and helpful. Easy to read and easy to understand—even to someone relatively peripheral to the taxonomy of cannabis. Will be a much referred to book in the future.
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I received this for review, I did not know what to expect.
What I found was a very well researched book, one with a solid high-level overview of the subject.
As soon as I completed this, I sent it on to a friend who is starting medical marijuana treatment, and I am sure it will help him greatly in finding non-smoking methods of taking his medication...
Sarah Evan
Really impressive in the breath and depth of information. There's at least two pages per illness/ailment, as well as information regarding strains and methods of application to assist each ailment. Of note: it covers many strains of MJ, many of which are not the focus of medical uses. If you're interested in this topic, this is the best book I've come across so far. ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book - lots of information about the cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system, terpenes, specific cannabis strains, medical uses of cannabis, and storing/using cannabis. I particularly liked reading about the terpenes for each strain, how cannabis works in the body, and using cannabis for medical conditions.

Putting on pause 04 June 2015 as has been for a good bit already anyway; at p. 33.

Started re-reading from beginning 08 January 2016
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
First book of its kind to rate different strains on their healing properties and even includes recipes. Great resource.
Sebastian Marincolo
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent information, up to date, well done
Kate-Lynn Priest
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
its a good book very informative
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