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Cannabis for chronic pain : a proven prescription for using marijuana to relieve your pain and heal your life / Dr. Rav Ivker, DO, ABIHM, cofounder and former president, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, former president, American Holistic Medical Association.

  • Ivker, Rav
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About this work


"The first authoritative and comprehensive guide for treating chronic pain with medical marijuana from a holistic family physician who has treated more than six thousand chronic pain patients with cannabis. While the number of patients using medical marijuana increases every year, misconceptions about cannabis and whether it's harmful or dangerous still exist. In Cannabis for Chronic Pain, Dr. Rav explains the potential of marijuana's capacity for healing anyone afflicted with chronic pain. Medical marijuana is a safe, non-addictive alternative to dangerous opiate pain pills. Along with sharing his own story of using medical marijuana to heal from a severe case of shingles, Dr. Rav guides you through the cannabis and holistic treatment for your specific chronic pain condition. If you are suffering from arthritis, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, IBS, Crohn's Disease, anxiety, depression, or pain from cancer or its treatment, this may be the book for you. Dr. Rav offers step by step instruction on the benefits and appropriate use of medical marijuana. And he dispels many of the misconceptions. Did you know that you don't have to smoke or eat cannabis for it to be effective? There are now patches and drops. We are entering a new age of acceptance and perhaps most importantly, as Dr. Rav highlights, it is now possible to create a distinct cannabis prescription for different types of chronic pain. Find what works for you and finally get the relief you need. Cannabis for Chronic Pain is the new, definitive guide for anyone who suffers from chronic pain"--


New York : Touchstone, 2017.

Physical description

xix, 346 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm



First Touchstone hardcover edition.


Includes index.


Introduction: chronic pain is a blessing disguised as a curse -- Cannabis as medicine. Marijuana: the medicine of empowerment ; Getting started ; Understanding the medicine of marijuana ; Choosing your delivery method -- Self-care 101: MMJ + holistic medicine = long-lasting pain relief. Inflammation: chill out ; Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: love your joints ; Low back pain: stretch your body and mind ; Migraine headache: practice self-compassion ; Fibromyalgia: you are your highest priority ; GI dis-ease: IBS, Chrohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis: listen to your gut ; Musculoskeletal (M-S) pain: knees, neck, shoulders, and hips: what's the message? ; Neuropathic (nerve) pain: neuropath, shingles, trigeminal neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome: surrender ; Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain): a lesson in self-love ; Alleviating cancer pain: grieve your loss ; Emotional pain: anxiety, insomnia, and depression: I am safe, I am at peace with life -- Fully alive: getting high on life!. Cannabis as a sacred herb ; What is your dream? -- Conclusion: everything in moderation.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-338) and index.


  • English

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    Medical Collection
    WB925 2017I94c
    Open shelves

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