Great reads for Health Care Practitioners

Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease
Packed full of research, Clint Werner’s 2011 Marijuana Gateway to Health is a fantastic addition to your bookshelf, regardless of whether or not you’re a medical cannabis user. Although the title suggests a razor sharp focus, the book covers a lot of ground and is not exclusively focused on cancer and/or Alzheimer’s patients. In addition to detailing the medical benefits of medicinal cannabis, the book offers extensive insight into the history of cannabis as a form of therapy and the political factors that eventually led to its criminalization.

The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis
What this book lacks in physical size, it more than makes up for in quality information. Steve Elliott’s Little Black Book of Marijuana concisely covers the cultural and historical significance of cannabis before delving into its many medical applications. The book also acts as something of a cannabis index, as it refers to dozens of external sources (such as recipes, documentaries, articles and so on) and encourages you to check them out to expand your learning. The Little Black Book of Marijuana is proof that good things do come in small packages.

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana
As the name implies, Michael Backes’ Cannabis Pharmacy focuses primarily on the use of medical marijuana and is a must have for existing or prospective medicinal cannabis users. Unlike some books that tend to sensationalize and oversimplify the research, Cannabis Pharmacy relies on hard scientific evidence to discuss the benefits of medical cannabis and gives your practical advice on how you can incorporate it into your treatment. The most recent edition includes up to date information on dosing, e-cigarette designs, new cannabis strains and more. This is the perfect book for anyone interested in the science behind how and why medical cannabis works.

The Medical Cannabis Guidebook
Medical Cannabis Guidebook is a comprehensive roundup of almost everything we know about medical cannabis. Author Mel Thomas doesn’t beat around the bush and forgoes fancy phrasing in favor of easy to understand language – great news for anyone who wants the information without all the noise. Expect expert insight into which health conditions can be treated with medical cannabis and step by step instructions on how to do so. The book also features a number of case studies to give readers some insight into the real-world benefits of using medicinal cannabis.

The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness
One of the most well known books in the industry, The Cannabis Manifesto can be considered essential reading for anyone interested in medicinal cannabis. As the founder of the world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary, author Steve DeAngelo is more than qualified to answer all your most pressing questions. Drawing on extensive research, The Cannabis Manifesto takes you on a compelling journey into the world of medical cannabis, exploring its physical, mental and spiritual effects and how it is shaping the face of modern health and wellbeing.

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana
by Micheal Backes (Author)
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 29 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is legal.

Chronic Relief: A Guide to Medical Cannabis for the Terminally and Chronically Ill
by Nishi Whiteley (Author), Dr. Ethan Russo (Foreward)
The book translates medical science into layman’s terms in a way that patients and their caregivers can understand and use to decide if cannabis is a fit for them, how to choose intake methods, understand risks and harm reduction strategies, and where to start in terms of establishing an effective dose. Where science does not exist, it provides the best possible anecdotal information compiled from experts and patients alike.

Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential
by Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen, Dr. Ethan Russo (Editors)
This comprehensive volume presents state-of-the-art scientific research on the therapeutic uses of cannabis and its derivatives. All too often, discussions of the potential medical uses of this substance are distorted by political considerations that have no place in a medical debate. Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential features fair, equitable discussion of this emerging and controversial medical topic by the world’s foremost researchers

Cannabis for Chronic Pain: A proven prescription for using medical marijuana to relieve your pain and heal your life
by Dr. Rav Ivker
While the number of patients using medical marijuana increases every year, misconceptions about cannabis and whether it’s harmful or dangerous still exist. In Cannabis for Chronic Pain, Dr. Rav explains the potential of marijuana’s capacity for healing anyone afflicted with chronic pain. Medical marijuana is a safe, non-addictive alternative to dangerous opiate pain pills. “Without a doubt, there is a great need for a reliable source on information regarding the safe and effective use of cannabis. Well, here it is. I can think of no other person who embodies such authority than Dr. Ivker,” (Michael Finkelstein, MD, FACP, ABIHM, author of Slow Medicine).