This accessible text provides trainee human service providers and those currently working in the field with a comprehensive, cutting-edge overview of topics related to the medical and therapeutic use of cannabis.

Employing an interdisciplinary, biopsychosocial framework, the book explores the different biological, cultural, and policy contexts of medical cannabis from a wide range of perspectives including practitioners, academics, and medical cannabis advocates. This book bridges the gap between theory and practice and underscores the urgent need for expanded and rigorous scientific research as medical cannabis is increasingly legalized, that may result in new cannabis-based medicines and help in identifying what health risks cannabis use may present.

Chapters are both evidence-based and practical, weaving in learning objectives, review questions, and varied case examples, all of which will prepare students and professionals for the reality of working with medical cannabis consumers.

chapter |6 pages


Medical Cannabis: Critical Issues and Perspectives for Human Service Professionals
ByJoanne Levine

part One|90 pages

The Context of Cannabis: Culture, Clashes and Commerce

chapter 1|31 pages

Cannabis Ethnomedicine

ByStephen Dahmer, Michael Balick

chapter 2|16 pages

History and Cultural Context of Marijuana in the United States

ByKim Hewitt

chapter 3|19 pages

Clash of Laws

How States are Legalizing Marijuana 1 in the Shadow of a Federal Prohibition
ByHeather Trela

chapter 4|22 pages

The Business of Cannabis

ByPaul Seaborn

part Two|108 pages

Cannabis as Medicine: Research, Practice and Future Directions

chapter 5|35 pages

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

ByGary Starr, Stephen Dahmer

chapter 6|28 pages

Medical Cannabis for Children and Adolescents

ByBonni S. Goldstein

chapter 7|13 pages

Current and Future Uses of Medical Cannabis for Adults

BySherry Yafai

chapter 8|16 pages

Medical Cannabis and Palliative Care in the Elderly with Acute and Chronic Illnesses

ByLynn McNall, Kimberly Balko

chapter 9|14 pages

Risk and Protective Factors for Cannabis Abuse

ByCathleen A. Lewandowski

part Three|26 pages

In Their Own Voice

chapter 10|24 pages

Lessons from Realm of Caring Foundation

Case Studies, Research and Practical Knowledge
ByHeather Jackson, Courtney Collins