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Cannabis in Medicine

An Evidence-Based Approach


  • A comprehensive compilation of multiple facets of cannabis from a medical perspective

  • Includes several non-medical sections which indirectly impact medicine from a public health and safety perspective

  • Provides an evidence-based approach to cannabis and medicine

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Basic Science

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Cannabinoid and Marijuana Neurobiology

      • Bertha K. Madras
      Pages 25-47
    3. The Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetics, and Potential Drug Interactions of Cannabinoids

      • Grace S. Chin, Robert L. Page II, Jacquelyn Bainbridge
      Pages 49-61
  3. Clinical Evidence

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 63-63
    2. Cannabis and Neuropsychiatric Effects

      • David C. Rettew, Doris C. Gundersen, Erica Kirsten Rapp, Paula Riggs, Christine L. Miller, Monica C. Jackson et al.
      Pages 65-132
    3. Cannabis and the Impact on the Pediatric and Adolescent Population

      • George Sam Wang, Donald E. Greydanus, Maria Demma Cabral
      Pages 133-156
    4. Acute Emergency Department Presentations Related to Cannabis

      • Karen Randall, Brad Roberts, John Cienki
      Pages 157-170
    5. Evidence of Cannabinoids in Pain

      • Peter R. Wilson, Sanjog Pangarkar
      Pages 171-183
    6. Cannabis in Pulmonary Medicine

      • Christopher M. Merrick, Jesse J. LeBlanc III
      Pages 185-208
    7. Clinical Cardiovascular Effects of Cannabis Use

      • Cynthia Philip, Rebecca Seifried, Marcio Sommer Bittencourt, Edward Hulten
      Pages 209-229
    8. Cannabinoids in Neurologic Conditions

      • Tyler E. Gaston, Jerzy P. Szaflarski, Allen C. Bowling, Ying Liu, Tristan Seawalt, Maureen A. Leehey et al.
      Pages 231-312
    9. Ocular Conditions and the Endocannabinoid System

      • Finny T. John, Jean R. Hausheer
      Pages 313-324
    10. Cannabis in Oncology and Symptom Management

      • Matthew Chung, Salahadin Abdi
      Pages 325-343
    11. Cannabis in Palliative Medicine

      • Fabienne Saint-Preux, Arpit Arora, Derek Moriyama, Esther Kim, Arum Kim
      Pages 345-372
    12. Cannabis in Dermatology

      • Catherine Murer Antley, Reagan Anderson, Judith Margulies
      Pages 383-400
    13. Fetal and Neonatal Marijuana Exposure

      • Leeann M. Blaskowsky
      Pages 401-414
    14. Cannabinoids in Gastrointestinal Disorders

      • Michelle Kem Su Hor, Monica Dzwonkowski, Tesia Kolodziejczyk, Lorne Muir, Nazar Dubchak, Sabina Hochroth et al.
      Pages 415-451

About this book

Legalization of marijuana is becoming increasingly prominent in the United States and around the world. While there is some discussion of the relationship between marijuana and overall health, a comprehensive resource that outlines the medical literature for several organ systems, as well as non-medical societal effects, has yet to be seen. While all physicians strive to practice evidence-based medicine, many clinicians aren't aware of the facts surrounding cannabis and are guided by public opinion.

This first of its kind book is a comprehensive compilation of multiple facets of cannabis recommendation, use and effects from a variety of different perspectives. Comprised of chapters dedicated to separate fields of medicine, this evidence-based guide outlines the current data, or lack thereof, as well as the need for further study. The book begins with a general overview of the neurobiology and pharmacology of THC and hemp. It then delves into various medical concerns that plague specific disciplines of medicine such as psychiatry, cardiology, gastrointestinal and neurology, among others. The end of the book focuses on non-medical concerns such as public health and safety, driving impairment and legal implications.

Comprised of case studies and meta-analyses, Cannabis in Medicine:  An Evidence-Based Approach provides clinicians with with a concise, evidence-based guide to various health concerns related to the use of marijuana. By addressing non-medical concerns, this book is also a useful resource for professionals working in the public health and legal fields.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Springs Rehabilitation PC, Colorado Springs, USA

    Kenneth Finn

About the editor

Kenneth Finn, MD

Springs Rehabilitation, PC

Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Graduated Medical School from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston (’90). Completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from the University of Utah (’94). Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (’95), Pain Medicine (’98), and Pain Management (’00). Practicing medicine in Colorado Springs since 1994. Serves on the American Board of Pain Medicine Exam Council (’01), Appeals Committee (’14), and Executive Board (’14).  President-Elect of the American Board of Pain Medicine (’20).   Served on the Colorado Governors Task Force on Amendment 64, Consumer Safety and Social Issues Work Group (’12) and served 4 years on the Colorado Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council (’14-’18). Executive Board member El Paso County Medical Society (’14-’18). Helped Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Pain Society develop their position statement on cannabis (’18) as well as the El Paso County Board of Health (’14) and Medical Society (’14) on their statements. Voluntary clinical instructor for the University of Colorado Medical School-Colorado Springs Branch (‘17-’20).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Cannabis in Medicine

  • Book Subtitle: An Evidence-Based Approach

  • Editors: Kenneth Finn

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-45967-3Published: 10 July 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-45968-0Published: 09 July 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXI, 554

  • Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: General Practice / Family Medicine, Primary Care Medicine, Pain Medicine