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. “Without a doubt, there is a great need for a reliable source on information regarding the safe and effective use of cannabis. Well, here it is. I can think of no other person who embodies such authority than Dr. Ivker,” (Michael Finkelstein, MD, FACP, ABIHM, author of Slow Medicine).
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.
"An excellent source of objective information about medical marijuana,” (Library Journal), Cannabis for Chronic Pain is the new, definitive guide for anyone who suffers from chronic pain.
Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family doctor with nearly five decades of experience treating more than 70,000 patients. He’s written seven holistic healing books, most notably Sinus Survival:The Holistic Medical Treatment for Sinusitis, Allergies, and Colds (Tarcher/Penguin). He is a board-certified holistic physician (ABIHM) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and runs his own holistic medical practice in Boulder, Colorado.
"An excellent source of objective information about medical marijuana."—Library Journal
“Cannabis for Chronic Pain presents a long-awaited, rational discussion of the potential of cannabis as a therapeutic tool across a wide spectrum of challenging medical conditions. From the perspectives of both patient and clinician, Dr. Ivker provides compelling evidence to support judicious use of cannabis, especially for chronic pain, and reveals that in terms of risk versus benefit, cannabis outshines anything pharmaceutical.”—DAVID PERLMUTTER, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker
“This book is a valuable resource for anyone suffering with chronic pain. By establishing the standard of care for the emerging field of cannabis medicine, it guides readers to quickly and safely relieve their pain, providing an effective alternative to opioids. But even more important it helps readers address the causes of their pain while providing a holistic self-care approach to long-term relief, utilizing state-of-the-art integrative and functional medicine.”—MARK HYMAN, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Fat, Get Thin
“Cannabis for Chronic Pain is an authoritative guide to the safe and effective use of this often misunderstood medicinal plant.”—CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Goddesses Never Age and The Wisdom of Menopause
“The medical profession remains in the dark ages when treating pain. Medical marijuana beats narcotics and psychotropic drugs in effectiveness, costs, and negative effects. The time has come to welcome this superior approach!”—C. NORMAN SHEALY, MD, PhD, Founder and CEO of International Institute of Holistic Medicine and founding president of American Holistic Medical Association
"Without a doubt, there is a great need for a reliable source on information regarding the safe and effective use of cannabis. Well, here it is. I can think of no other person who embodies such authority than Dr. Ivker. The fact is his expertise goes beyond the science. As one of the founders of the modern day Integrative-Holistic Movement, in this book he contextualizes the questions and answers regarding cannabis into a very practical and thoughtful review of what it means to be truly healthy, and as he says, fully alive —the ultimate goal for each of us."—MICHAEL FINKELSTEIN, MD, FACP, ABIHM, author of Slow Medicine
“This book is a treasure in ways that go way beyond its title. It is not just about cannabis and relieving pain, but truly about healing your life and experiencing the therapeutic and curative effects that a healed life and self-love can provide. It speaks the truth we all need to learn even before pain enters our lives and helps us to give birth to our true selves.”—BERNIE SIEGEL, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and The Art of Healing