CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis, published by North Atlantic Books, is a comprehensive and practical toolkit for anyone exploring alternative therapies or looking to supplement their current medical treatment.
Used for millennia for medicinal, spiritual and recreational purposes, modern medicine is now equipped to understand how cannabis works in the human body through the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for modulating energy and nudging the body back to health in the face of injury and disease.
Endocannabinoids are neurochemical receptors found in the nervous system and are connected throughout the body. The beneficial aspects of CBD – anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, antispasmodic and analgesic properties – are achieved by stimulating these same receptors and do not produce the ‘high’ of THC (the psychoactive component in cannabis).
In CBD, authors Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum detail the history, biology and chemistry of cannabis and CBD in a remarkably accessible way. They then map for readers the variety of delivery methods, dosing instructions and different strains and strengths appropriate for various health issues. At its core, CBD is an incredibly necessary healing resource that demystifies medical cannabis and provides treatment options for conditions like:
- Autoimmune disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nausea and vomiting
- Women’s health issues
- And more
Through the course of the book, we learn more about the cultural and political evolution of cannabis; how it can be used to treat pets; and promising research that points to its potential role in combatting the nationwide opioid epidemic.
“In my practice of pain medicine, I have witnessed the positive impact that cannabis can have on chronic pain – including reduction of the need for pain medication,” said Robert Hines, M.D., Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine. “That it provides a safer alternative to opioids is increasingly indisputable. The breadth and scope of this work is impressive. This book is a must-read for the patient and practitioner alike.”