States Academic Press
Medical Science - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The chemical compounds which are found in cannabis are termed as cannabinoids. The major cannabinoids are phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol. The combination of cannabinoids which are produced by a cannabis plant constitute its cannabinoid profile. The pharmacology of cannabinoids studies the actions of cannabinoids on the human body. Cannabinoids have both medicinal and recreational uses. They are used to for the management of various diseases such as cancer and HIV/AIDS. In cancer patients, it is used to reduce the feeling of nausea and vomiting which is caused by chemotherapy. People suffering from HIV/AIDS sometimes use cannabinoids to increase appetite. Dronabinol and nabilone are two extracts of cannabis which are consumed in the form of pills to treat the side effects of AIDS and chemotherapy. Cannabinoids are also used in the management of neuropathic pain. This book outlines the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in detail. It consists of contributions made by international experts. Those with an interest in this field would find this book helpful.