The Science of Medical Cannabis

David Steven Younger, M.D.
Department of Neurology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, US

Series: Public Health in the 21st Century
BISAC: MED071000

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The cultural, scientific and legislative divide created by vigorous debates over the legalization of medical marihuana has given way to a new synergy among community stakeholders across the United States to improve access to medical marijuana for patients with refractory debilitating neurological disorders, cancer, and chronic pain as an alternative to ineffective pharmacotherapy and potentially addictive pain medications. The Science of Medical Cannabis evolved out of the need for a definitive book on the scientific and public health aspects of medical cannabis.

This definitive work will be the new industry standard for clinicians, pharmacists, researchers, and entrepreneurs. It will help all of these stakeholders as well as patients to make informed decisions about a pharmaceutical that is entrenched in stigmatization. Written in clear and concise language, patients will find it an invaluable resource as they proceed on their journey to recapture their prior health and vitality, while for others in their quest to find the safest way to alleviate pain and suffering.

Chapter 1. Overview of Medical Cannabis

Chapter 2. The Cannabis Plant

Chapter 3. Cannabinoid Neuropharmacology

Chapter 4. Medical Cannabis Taxonomy

Chapter 5. Cannabis Cultivation

Chapter 6. Processing and Extraction Techniques

Chapter 7. Indications for Medical Cannabis

Chapter 8. Legalization of Medical Cannabis

Chapter 9. Prescribing Algorithms for Medical Cannabis

Chapter 10. Framing Public Health Policy of Medical Cannabis

Keywords: Medical cannabis, marijuana, science, qualitative research

Audience: Physicians, pharmacists, educators, entrepreneurs, patients, college and graduate students, clinical and scientific researchers and legislators.

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