Some people suffer from chronic, debilitating disorders for which no conventional treatment brings relief. Can marijuana ease their symptoms? Would it be breaking the law to turn to marijuana as a medication? There are few sources of objective, scientifically sound advice for people in this situation. Most books about marijuana and medicine attempt to promote the views of advocates or opponents. To fill the gap between these extremes, authors Alison Mack and Janet Joy have extracted critical findings from a recent Institute of Medicine study on this important issue, interpreting them for a general audience. Marijuana As Medicine? provides patients--as well as the people who care for them--with a foundation for making decisions about their own health care. This empowering volume examines several key points, including: Whether marijuana can relieve a variety of symptoms, including pain, muscle spasticity, nausea, and appetite loss. The dangers of smoking marijuana, as well as the effects of its active chemical components on the immune system and on psychological health. The potential use of marijuana-based medications on symptoms of AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and several other specific disorders, in comparison with existing treatments. Marijuana As Medicine? introduces readers to the active compounds in marijuana. These include the principal ingredient in Marinol, a legal medication. The authors also discuss the prospects for developing other drugs derived from marijuana's active ingredients. In addition to providing an up-to-date review of the science behind the medical marijuana debate, Mack and Joy also answer common questions about the legal status of marijuana, explaining the conflict between state and federal law regarding its medical use. Intended primarily as an aid to patients and caregivers, this book objectively presents critical information so that it can be used to make responsible health care decisions. Marijuana As Medicine? will also be a valuable resource for policymakers, health care providers, patient counselors, medical faculty and students--in short, anyone who wants to learn more about this important issue.
The medical use of marijuana is surrounded by a cloud of social, political, and religious controversy, which obscures the facts that should be considered in the debate. This book summarizes what we know about marijuana from evidence-based medicine--the harm it may do and the relief it may bring to patients. The book helps the reader understand not only what science has to say about medical marijuana but also the logic behind the scientific conclusions. Marijuana and Medicine addresses the science base and the therapeutic effects of marijuana use for medical conditions such as glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. It covers marijuana's mechanism of action, acute and chronic effects on health and behavior, potential adverse effects, efficacy of different delivery systems, analysis of the data about marijuana as a gateway drug, and the prospects for developing cannabinoid drugs. The book evaluates how well marijuana meets accepted standards for medicine and considers the conclusions of other blue-ribbon panels. Full of useful facts, this volume will be important to anyone interested in informed debate about the medical use of marijuana: advocates and opponents as well as policymakers, regulators, and health care providers.
This unique book contains the key elements of Allen Carr's universally acclaimed Easyway method of quitting smoking - the only proven way of stopping smoking for good. Follow the Easyway method and you will see through the smokescreen of lies and mis-information which are at the heart of society's ideas and beliefs about smoking. You will be...
|Author||: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,Health and Medicine Division,Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice,Committee on the Health Effects of Marijuana: An Evidence Review and Research Agenda|
|Publisher||: National Academies Press|
|Release Date||: 2017-03-31|
|ISBN 10||: 0309453070|
|Pages||: 486 pages|
Significant changes have taken place in the policy landscape surrounding cannabis legalization, production, and use. During the past 20 years, 25 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis and/or cannabidiol (a component of cannabis) for medical conditions or retail sales at the state level and 4 states have legalized both the medical and recreational use of cannabis. These landmark changes in policy have impacted cannabis use patterns and perceived levels of risk. However, despite this changing landscape, evidence regarding the short- and long-term health effects of cannabis use remains elusive. While a myriad of studies have examined cannabis use in all its various forms, often these research conclusions are not appropriately synthesized, translated for, or communicated to policy makers, health care providers, state health officials, or other stakeholders who have been charged with influencing and enacting policies, procedures, and laws related to cannabis use. Unlike other controlled substances such as alcohol or tobacco, no accepted standards for safe use or appropriate dose are available to help guide individuals as they make choices regarding the issues of if, when, where, and how to use cannabis safely and, in regard to therapeutic uses, effectively. Shifting public sentiment, conflicting and impeded scientific research, and legislative battles have fueled the debate about what, if any, harms or benefits can be attributed to the use of cannabis or its derivatives, and this lack of aggregated knowledge has broad public health implications. The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids provides a comprehensive review of scientific evidence related to the health effects and potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis. This report provides a research agendaâ€"outlining gaps in current knowledge and opportunities for providing additional insight into these issuesâ€"that summarizes and prioritizes pressing research needs.
|Author||: World Health Organization|
|Publisher||: World Health Organization|
|Release Date||: 2016-02-15|
|ISBN 10||: 9241510242|
|Pages||: 95 pages|
Cannabis is globally the most commonly used psychoactive substance under international control. In 2013, an estimated 181.8 million people aged 15-64 years used cannabis for nonmedical purposes globally (UNODC, 2015). There is an increasing demand for treatment for cannabis-use disorders and associated health conditions in high- and middle-income countries. This report focuses on nonmedical use of cannabis, building on contributions from a broad range of experts and researchers from different parts of the world. It aims to present current knowledge on the impact of nonmedical cannabis use on health, from its impact on brain development to its role in respiratory diseases. The potential medical utility of cannabis -- including the pharmacology, toxicology and possible therapeutic applications of the cannabis plant -- is outside the scope of this report.
If you want to learn how to quit smoking marijuana, then get this book. It's created by a real person who has real life experiencing quitting smoking marijuana. The book is a workbook on how to quit smoking marijuana. It provides a well detailed structure containing the steps towards recovery. Starting from the introductory part, we are made familiar with the general knowledge on marijuana and its abuse. How it causes dependence on the user and in no time they feel an addiction that could be problematic if they are not careful. We have tried as much as possible to relate with all the kinds of situations that could arise. In the book, we want to relate with the readers so that they are aware there have been people down that road. That recovery is real. That they can also get out of their addiction if they are really determined to. This book is user friendly and takes you through the steps towards recovery. We have explained in detail the importance of acceptance first. You will find what you need to have alongside the virtues you need to go by. The journey to recovery won’t be an easy. We have tried to simplify it as much as we can so that you find it in the easiest of terms and means. Thorough background checks on the involved are performed to find ways of helping them in the subsequent chapters. It is a well laid-out procedure that if followed properly will yield the best of results. The lists of options provided are easy to follow and work on. We take you through the steps of personal transformation. The variety of options in this book is to help you try other methods if one doesn’t work for you somehow. Inside you will find good insight on it. We hope you have a good read and quick recovery. About the Expert Michaela Wallace is a Maryland based writer who has watched her friends and family members get messed up by drugs, specifically marijuana. She has grown up living with them and therefore knows much about how it feels being an addict and not being able to quit. The experience she has written is personal and will take you through real life examples. The book will be of great help to users who are out to reform their lives and serious about it. Michaela has also watched her brothers get over their addictions in triumph and this is why she has written this to tell the affected out there that it is possible to quit your addiction. It doesn’t matter how deep you are into it, because it is possible to recover from it. HowExpert publishes quick 'how to' guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.
This state-of-the-science review looks at all aspects of cannabis dependence, from whether it occurs to how to prevent it.
This report focuses on the vulnerable adolescent ages of 10 through 18 when most users start smoking, chewing, or dipping and become addicted to tobacco. It examines the health effects of early smoking and smokeless tobacco use, the reasons that young men and women begin using tobacco, the extent to which they use tobacco, tobacco advertising and promotional activities (history of cigarette advertising to the young); and efforts to prevent tobacco use by young people (public opinion; educational efforts; and public policies). Charts, tables and graphs. Glossary. Index.
|Author||: Andrew Golub|
|Release Date||: 2012-12-06|
|ISBN 10||: 1136446273|
|Pages||: 230 pages|
Learn why marijuana use has increased in the new millennium According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. The Cultural/Subcultural Contexts of Marijuana Use at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century takes a close look at present cannabis use trends in the new millennium by providing the latest research findings and most current case studies. Age and ethnographic data are presented in detail always with a constant focus on the unique subcultural contexts in today’s society. This examination explores the most pressing issues in marijuana use, including the increased popularity of blunt smoking, the social ramifications of marijuana use in gangs and Southeast Asian youth, and alternative delivery systems for medical marijuana. The Cultural/Subcultural Contexts of Marijuana Use at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century discusses various aspects of marijuana being the drug of choice in today’s culture, including the different subgroups of age, economic status, and ethnic background. The book provides a comprehensive view of the people, reasons for use, varied ways of ingesting the drug, and marijuana use “rituals.” Extensive references, charts, tables, and figures are included to enhance clarification of research findings. The Cultural/Subcultural Contexts of Marijuana Use at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century discusses the latest research findings on: the growth of marijuana use in different social groups during the 1990s medical marijuana blunt smoking and marijuana use rituals as settings for informal social controls marijuana use among minorities marijuana use in youths and young adults marijuana use among gang members adult use production, distribution, and administration of non-smokable marijuana The Cultural/Subcultural Contexts of Marijuana Use at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century is insightful, valuable, and is certain to become a reference source for researchers, educators, students, and policy advocates.
This collection of nonpartisan and thoroughly researched reports focuses on sixteen hot-button policy issues written by award-winning CQ Researcher journalists. Because it is an annual volume and comes together just months before publication, each report is as current as possible. And because it is CQ Researcher, the policy reports are expertly researched and written, showing all sides of an issue. Chapters follow a set organization, exploring three issue questions, then offering background, the current situation, and a look ahead, as well as featuring a yes-no debate box. All issues include a chronology, bibliography, photos, charts, and figures.