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Description - Marijuana As Medicine? by Alison Mack

Some people suffer from chronic, debilitating disorders for which no conventional treatment brings relief. Can marijuana ease their symptoms? Wo uld 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. Authors, Alison Mack and Janet Joy, have extracted critical findings from a recent Institute of Medicine study on this issue, interpreting them for a general audience. This text provides patients 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. The book also explains 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, Alison Mack and Janet Joy also answer common questions about the legal status of marijuana, explaining the conflict between state and federal law regarding its medical use.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780309065313
ISBN-10: 0309065313
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: National Academies Press
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alison Mack

by Alison Mack and Janet Joy