Cannabis is one of the oldest cultivated plants dating back 12,000 years and demonstrates medicinal properties including immune support, anti-inflammatory effects, and cancer-fighting potential. As cannabis receives regulatory approval in the United States, clinicians will need guidelines to prescribe medical marijuana for various health conditions. This book presents information to healthcare professionals focusing on medical cannabis. It is a science-based overview providing clinical recommendations and dosing guidelines for practitioners to advise patients appropriately.


  • Discusses the endocannabinoid system role in homeostasis, pain control, and regulatory function in health and disease
  • Advises clinicians on cannabis use in patients with cancer; cardiovascular, brain, and liver function; mood disorders; and patients receiving palliative care
  • Includes information on cannabis nutrition as well as the cannabis microbiome
  • Features information on cannabis quality control for safe and effective delivery

Cannabis: A Clinician’s Guide is written for clinicians providing a resource guide to help them assess the medicinal value of cannabis, answer patient and consumer questions, and recommend its use optimally. The book is divided into three sections covering cannabis science, use in clinical practice, and regulations and standards. It includes practical information on dosing guidelines and dispensary insights, personal cannabis stories, and an in depth look at the nutritional benefits of cannabis and how to use it in daily life.

From the Author: "As a clinical nutritionist, I have been involved in the use of cannabis since 1981 while researching diabetes in India. Ayurvedic medicine listed cannabis as a beneficial herb with curing properties. In 1983, a Chinese medicine doctor in the Peoples Republic of China gave me a cannabis herbal supplement for sleep that he claimed Chairman Mao took regularly. Upon returning to the United States, no one would even talk to me about cannabis because of its Schedule I status. During an Antioxidants class taught for Everglades University, I included information on cannabis, but was restricted from including it in the course description. Cannabis: A Clinician’s Guide unveils deceit on this herbal medicine used for thousands of years providing insight into the science behind its use and how to incorporate cannabis into daily life, especially for those suffering from neurological disorders, cancer, and mood disorders."

section 1|89 pages

Cannabis Science

chapter 1|11 pages

Cannabis 101

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 2|13 pages

Endocannabinoid system: Master of homeostasis, pain control, & so much more

ByJordan Tishler, Betty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 3|14 pages

Endocannabinoid system: Regulatory function in health & disease

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 4|10 pages

Cannabinoid medications for treatment of neurological disorders

ByJuan Sanchez-Ramos, Betty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 5|9 pages

Cannabinoids and the entourage effect

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 6|4 pages


ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 7|8 pages

Cannabis and pain

ByMichelle Simon, Betty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 8|4 pages

Cannabis and mindfulness: A method of harm reduction

ByAmanda Reiman

chapter 9|11 pages

Cannabis and addiction

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

section 2|100 pages

Clinical Practice

chapter 10|9 pages

What should we tell our patients about marijuana?

ByJoseph Pizzorno

chapter 11|5 pages

What is a medical marijuana program?

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 12|22 pages

The clinical use of cannabinoid therapies in oncology patients

ByPaul J. Daeninck, Vincent Maida

chapter 14|7 pages

Clinical rationale for CBD use on mood, depression, anxiety, brain function, and optimal aging

ByChris D. Meletis, Betty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 15|5 pages

Cannabis in palliative care

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 16|5 pages

What to expect at the cannabis dispensary

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 17|22 pages

Cannabis nutrition

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 18|10 pages

Clinical recommendations and dosing guidelines for cannabis

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

section 3|67 pages

Regulations & Standards

chapter 19|11 pages

Cannabis identification, cultivation, analysis, and quality control

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 20|11 pages

Commercial cultivation of cannabis

ByAshley Vogel

chapter 21|9 pages

Quality assurance in the cannabis industry

ByRobert W. Martin

chapter 22|5 pages

Cannabis microbiome: Bacteria, fungi, and pesticides

ByBetty Wedman-St. Louis

chapter 23|14 pages

Cannabis testing: Taking a closer look

ByScott Kuzdzal, Robert Clifford, Paul Winkler, Will Bankert

chapter 24|11 pages

Legal aspects of cannabis

ByVijay S. Choksi, Betty Wedman-St. Louis