By taking an evidence-based approach and avoiding familiar political tropes, Drs. Samoon Ahmad and Kevin P. Hill have addressed the complex science of cannabis for patients and clinicians in their new book, “Medical Marijuana: A Clinical Handbook.”
Both authors have extensive clinical experience and academic backgrounds. Dr. Hill is an addiction specialist and author of “Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About the World’s Most Popular Weed.” He is currently director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard University. Dr. Ahmad is a practicing physician in New York City, founder of the Integrative Center for Wellness and a professor of psychiatry at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine. He has also written extensively about post-traumatic stress disorder and coauthored multiple books.
In addition to THC, the authors examine the relevant science on many other cannabinoids found in the plant, especially CBD. They have also researched the local and federal laws governing its use and created a state-by-state guide for clinicians and patients and created a companion website, cannabistextbook.com, that will monitor changes to local, state and federal regulations as they occur.
Organized to allow for easy reference, initial chapters focus on general information about the plant, including its classification, morphology, history and constituents before moving on to a cultural history to provide context. The book also describes the dangers of excessive cannabis use, cannabis use disorder and potential adverse effects.