The Medicinal of Cannabis and CannabinoidsEdited by Guy GW, Whittle BA, Robson PJBook Details:
Published: July 2004
Publisher: Pharmaceutical Press
Edition Number: 1
Editorial Review by Ellen Whipple-Guthrie, PharmD:
This book described in great detail current research findings related to the medicinal uses of cannabis and cannabinoids. Topics covered in book included: the pharmacology, formulation, safety, and efficacy of cannabis as a therapeutic agent; growth and breeding of cannabis as a medicinal agent; cannabis as a treatment for neuropathic pain; cannabis for the treatment of multiple sclerosis; clinical studies and the development of cannabis-based medicine; and forensic and international control of cannabis.
This book should be considered an excellent reference source for healthcare professionals interested in the medicinal uses of cannabis and cannabinoids. The book is not appropriate for patients without a chemistry or medical background because it is very technical in nature.
The authors presented the evidence in a very clear, non-biased manner. The authors did not make unrealistic conclusions. For example, regarding the uses of cannabis for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, the authors concluded:
that in addition to symptom management cannabis may offer the potential to slow disease progression. The main conclusion that the authors drew in the book was that cannabis does have a place in therapy but that more research is warranted and needed.
About the Reviewer:
Ellen Guthrie has been a medical advisor with the Foundation since 2002. In that time, she has written numerous articles for MS Focus, answered hundreds of medications questions on the Doctor’s Forum, and spoken on the 2003 Cruise for a Cause. Ellen is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy where she lectures primarily on MS. She has also lectured for the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy. Currently Ellen practices pharmacy at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she is a pediatric pharmacist. She also writes for several medical journals and speaks and writes on MS issues whenever she can. She is particularly interested in area of Pediatric MS and is doing an upcoming Grand Rounds on the topic. Ellen received her doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy in 1994, and was later employed at Egleston Children's Hospital at Emory University for five years. She is a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, the Atlanta Academy of Institutional Pharmacists, and the Consortium of MS Centers. She has also served on the Pharmacy Advisory Committee for the Department of Community and Health.