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Cannabis Nurses Network Supports California Senate Bill 305

Cannabis Nurses Network Letter of Support for SB 305 Allowing Medical Cannabis Access in Healthcare Facilities   Dear Senator Hueso, We are writing to express our strong support for Senate Bill 305 (Hueso) Ryan’s Law, otherwise known as the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis in Healthcare Facilities Act. This legislation will provide relief, compassion and [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Dependency using Cannabis to be Addressed during Upcoming Cannabis Nurses Network Conference

Educational Session and Panel on Opioid Crisis will also include Professional Athlete, Boo Williams, Noted Cannabis Author Uwe Blesching, PhD and Hospice Nurse Marcie Cooper RN, MSN, AHN-BC. San Diego, CA (January 30, 2019) – Noted medical cannabis writer and author, Uwe Blesching, will address the timely topic of opioid addiction in an educational session [...]

Evaluating Cannabis Products for Safe, Effective, Medical Use

How to Know if a Cannabis Product is Right for Your Patient fter years of working with patients using a variety of cannabis products, I began noticing a trend; different extraction and production methods often generate different effects or results. This realization prompted intensive research into many different formulations, resulting in the creation of this [...]

How to Support the Endocannabinoid System without Cannabis

As nurses, we are beginning to learn how cannabis can help balance the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a regulation system that promotes homeostasis between all operating systems in our body. We know that CB1 and CB2 receptors work as “locks” and cannabinoids the “keys” when ingesting cannabis. This knowledge has led us to [...]

Cannabis for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Neurobiological Approach to Treatment

The endocannabinoid system is intricately involved in regulation of the neurobiological processes, which underlie the symptomatology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This article discusses the neurobiological underpinnings of PTSD and the use of cannabis for treating PTSD in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. PTSD as an Indication for Medical Cannabis The State of New [...]

Scientific Lessons from the Experiences of End-of-Life Cannabis Patients

hen the issues of medical cannabis are considered, it is essential, to begin with this fundamental fact: not all marijuana is created equal – not even close. We observed how that fact has a direct impact on end-of-life patients who seek its benefits. The Human Factor Cannabis is packed with a plethora of therapeutic compounds [...]

PRESS RELEASE: National Nursing Standards Legitimize Cannabis Nursing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2018 National Nursing Standards Legitimize Cannabis Nursing Cannabis Nurses Network Steps in as Essential Resource for Medical Marijuana Education San Diego, California: When the National Council of State Boards of Nursing released guidelines for cannabis patient care, it simultaneously validated the legitimacy of cannabis nursing, and underscored the immediate necessity [...]

NCSBN Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Patients Using Marijuana 2018

The purpose of this article is to provide an Overview of the NCSBN Guidelines and recommendations for the Nursing Care of Patients Using Cannabis. The National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) published the NCSBN National Nursing Guidelines for Patients Using Medical Marijuana through the NCSBN official Journal of Nursing Regulations in the July 2018 [...]

Rationale for Genetically Guided Cannabis Therapy

As a medical professional being introduced to Epigenetics in 2008 during a business conference in Florida, the topic was immediately intriguing. Depending on exposures, environmental interaction with genes, may result in positive or negative impacts on health. Exciting information, exemplifying that overall health is not solely determined based on what our parents contributed. Rather, we [...]

What Makes a Cannabis Nurse?

A growing number of cannabis nurses are also becoming cannabis patients. Possibly an inquisitive nurse, who became disenchanted with the limited healing abilities of polypharmacy when addressing their own health needs and imbalances. Maybe a seasoned nurse, wishing to avoid the path of addiction or dependency to potent or harmful pharmaceuticals, leading them to begin [...]

Patients Out of Time Position Statement in Support of De-scheduling Cannabis from December 2016

Cannabis is a natural non-toxic plant that is biologically synergistic with human health and wellness: Whereas, Cannabis has been used as a food source and an herbal medicine for thousands of years throughout the world; and, Whereas, Cannabis in its natural form has a remarkably wide margin of safety and there have been no recorded [...]

An Update: Rescheduling Petition for Cannabis 2009

Continued from: Oaths, Duties and the Pursuit of Harmony In 2009, I filed a Rescheduling Petition for Cannabis with the DEA, demanding that Cannabis be removed from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act now that it has “accepted medical use in the United States”. In August 2016, after two lawsuits, the DEA denied the [...]

The Ethical and Legal Approach to Medical Cannabis at the Bedside

Some states included protection for healthcare professionals who care for medical marijuana patients within their law. By providing explicit protection, some hospitals have successfully developed policies, allowing the patient to continue their regimen if admitted to a unit. Far too often, marijuana policies are non-existent partly from the lack of evidence, widely diverse viewpoints among [...]

Oaths, Duties and the Pursuit of Harmony

In 1993 I graduated from Nursing School and I pledged to “devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care”. Little did I realize, that striving to fulfill these duties would turn into a decades long battle against well entrenched bureaucratic agencies and a medical establishment that oftentimes seems more interested in demonizing [...]

Cannabis Nurses Gather as First Line of Defense Against Opiate Addiction

Nursing professionals and medical marijuana join forces during Nurses Week SAN DIEGO, CA, MAY 6th, 2018 – With Nurses Week in full swing, a professional network designed to educate and empower nurses is bringing cannabis education to nurses around the globe, helping stem the tide against opioid addiction. Cannabis Nurses Network launched this week, with [...]

Medicinal Cannabis: A Therapeutic Alternative for Management of Chronic Pain in Older Australians

Pain has been described as a fundamental and universal human experience, and thus access to effective pain relief should be regarded as an essential and universal human right. Chronic unremitting pain has become a grave problem in modern civilization. The human toll associated with chronic pain is massive and is linked to considerable economic impact, [...]

Growing Through Trauma; An Alternative Perspective on Post Traumatic Injury

Hippocrates said, “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” Trauma does not have to mean defeat. It can be a perfect opportunity for growth and can be used as a catalyst to move lives forward in unexpected ways. This concept actually has a name, Posttraumatic Growth (PTG). [...]

Being More Than “Just a Nurse”

On September 13, 2015, during the Miss America pageant, the Country watched while Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, defied stereotypes when she donned her scrubs and stethoscope during the talent portion of the competition to deliver a powerful and insightful monologue about being “Just a nurse.” She spoke of her patient, Joe, who had Alzheimer’s and [...]

Just Say Yes: The Aging Population and The Growing Use of Cannabis

Two populations that are consistently growing without even the slightest sign of slowing are the aging population and the population of those aging who have access to medical or recreational cannabis.  “The population age 65 and older has increased from 36.6 million in 2005 to 47.8 million in 2015 (a 30% increase) and is projected [...]

Cannabis Nurses Network Conference 2017

Breaking Stereotypes and Stigmas in Las Vegas, NV with the Cannabis Nurses Network at UNLV and Las Vegas City Hall Cannabis Nurses Network Conference 2017 was a great success, despite the #VegasStrong tragedy that unfolded in Las Vegas the week prior which left participants, who are no stranger to emergency rooms filled with those needing [...]

The Golden Years?

As a nurse caring for seniors the past 35 years, there are many universal care concerns I have found across the continuum. With the “Baby Boomer Generation” reaching critical mass, there are many myths about aging we need to address. Most of us wish to retire in our Golden Years and enjoy the fruits of [...]

Alzheimer’s Facts & Findings

Alzheimer’s Facts & Findings Facts- Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. These neurons, which produce the brain chemical, or neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, break connections with other nerve cells and ultimately die. For example, short-term memory [...]

Basics of the Endocannabinoid System

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the Endocannabinoid (eCB) System. More questions are being asked about this human body system than ever before. -What is it? How do you explain it simply? How does cannabis interact with it? Why don’t doctors know more about it? On social media, you find many willing “experts” [...]

CNN2017 Thank You!

WOW! What an incredible experience it was to be in the midst of so many wonderful nurses, patients, athletes, and peers. Your presence was a gift to the Cannabis Nursing movement that is sweeping across the country. The Cannabis Nurses Network Conference 2017 provided an “in-person” understanding of how powerful WE are through collaboration and [...]

Onwards and Upwards: Forging the New Oregon Trail

Michael Rochlin, RN, MN, COHN-S, CSP has been educating Oregon Legislators, Regulators, Health Professionals and Cannabis Business Associations (Growers, Processors and Retailers) in Oregon and Washington, since Measure 91 (Adult Use Legalization) passed in Oregon, 2014.1 About Cannabis Nurse Mike in Oregon Mike helped advocate successfully for HB 21982,3 just signed on Aug. 2, 2017 [...]

Am I A Cannabis Nurse?

Nurses once again, ranked number 1 for ethics and honesty since 2001, and remain there after the latest survey conducted in December 2016. I have been thinking about this about being a nurse at Magnolia Wellness in Oakland, California. Magnolia is a medical marijuana dispensary who serve patients in the East Bay. The article made [...]

Cannabis Nurses Network Presents Cannabis Education for Nurses at UNLV-Las Vegas, NV

Cannabis Nurses Network Presents Cannabis Education for Nurses at UNLV-Las Vegas, NV (October 5th – 7th, 2017). Cannabis Nurses Network/CNN/#CNNC2017 is producing, the first ever 5.33 CEU Nursing accredited program, as the first installment in their national educational campaign taking place at UNLV-Las Vegas, Nevada (Greenspun Hall and Foundations Bldg) 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las [...]

How to Become a Cannabis Nurse: The Future of Nursing

Having presented on the Endocannabinoid System (eCS) and the nurse’s role in cannabis medicine at many national and statewide nursing conferences, I am often asked how Registered Nurses can become “Cannabis Nurses.” Additionally, as President-Elect of the American Cannabis Nurses Association(ACNA), I have noted that nurses are often turning to the organization for guidance on [...]

Becoming a Cannabis Nurse: The Story of Wendy Buck-Benge

People tell me things. They always have even when I was a kid. Maybe it was because my face on the playground had no history with the other kids. Maybe it was my sister Betsy. She had a seatbelt installed on the bus especially for her. This was before short buses and calling kids with [...]

Integrating Cannabis into Aromatherapy

With medical Cannabis approved in half the country plus [43] states for legalized adult (or recreational) use, the Cannabis industry is growing at an astounding rate in the US and around the globe. Cannabis has therapeutic application for various conditions such as seizure management, inflammatory pain relief, insomnia, and anxiety. To help you make an [...]

Cannabis and Pregnancy: Maternal child health implications during a period of drug policy liberalization

ABSTRACT Cannabis use is common and increasing among women in the United States. State policies are changing with a movement towards decriminalization and legalization. We explore the implications of cannabis liberalization for maternal and child health. Most women who use cannabis quit or cut back during pregnancy. Although women are concerned about the possible health [...]

My Heroes Led Me to Cannabis

Who are your Heroes? Growing up I had several heroes. However, they weren’t your typical superheroes. I never wanted to be Wonder Woman or She-Ra; they didn’t look like me, and the heroism they displayed didn’t seem relative to my life and experiences. My super heroes were those who created me, like my mother who [...]

Cancer Doesn’t have to be Scary: State of Oregon

A BRAVE YOUNG GIRL WITH A UNIQUE & INSPIRING PATH THROUGH CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA Mykayla has T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia This is a very rare and aggressive form of childhood leukemia; it accounts for 15-18% of childhood leukemia cases. Leukemia is cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Mykayla’s DNA was altered someway and it caused [...]

Autism and Cannabis: One Mom’s Journey in the State of Arizona

Logan had a regression in developmental milestones at one year old, and that’s when the alarm bells started ringing. His pediatrician dismissed my concerns, but I kept pushing forward to find answers. Logan was diagnosed with Regressive Autism, and Encephalopathy on Feb. 20th, 2013. The developmental pediatrician told me that my son was severely Autistic, [...]

The Fall, The Rise & The Research: A Momcologist’s Journey

I used to have a perfect life! The world around my family and I was so full of beauty, hope, and everything I had dreamt of was finally becoming my reality. When Sophie came into this world, it was as if the last puzzle piece had finally been placed. She was everything I had ever [...]

Incorporating Cannabis into my Senior Lifestyle

Seniors are the fastest growing population of consumers in the cannabis industry. That could include your Mom, your Dad, your Grandma or Grandpa. They are going to try cannabis for the first time. Is that safe? Should they be doing that? How old should they be? What should they have? Should they have Topicals? Edibles? [...]

CANNABIS AND CROHN’S DISEASE in the State of Colorado

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people. Coltyn Turner: On June 3, 2011, Coltyn Turner [...]

Introduction to Using Cannabis for Autism

In the Autism Parent community, word spreads FAST. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve surely heard the stories about seemingly miraculous results from a parent who discovered cannabis for their Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) child. I’m one of those parents, and can personally vouch for the extremely positive potential of this most controversial herb. As [...]

Important Checklist for Parents Choosing Cannabis Pediatric Care

When you are new to cannabis as medicine, or you are considering cannabis medicine for your children, it’s hard to know how to find a pediatric care that integrates with cannabis medicine. This is a high level list of questions you can ask, and common pitfalls to avoid to help you get started. High-quality physicians [...]

One Pediatrician’s Experience Treating Children with Cannabis Medicine

I have been a pediatrician for 25 years and a medical cannabis specialist for the last nine years, assisting thousands of adults and children with serious medical conditions in using cannabis treatment. I have evaluated hundreds of children with severe epilepsy, autism, and cancer, and have seen many obtain an incredible improvement in their quality [...]

Medical Cannabis in Schools: Integrating the New Norm with “Jack’s Law”

Colorado’s medical cannabis program began with the passage of Amendment 20 in 20001. Cannabis was legalized to treat a specific list of medical conditions, as designated in Amendment 20, with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) having authority to add conditions. These conditions currently include: Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Cachexia, Persistent Muscle [...]

4 Ways to Talk to Your Doctor About Medical Cannabis

Many people in Canada live with chronic diseases and symptoms that have been resistant to traditional medications and non-pharmaceutical approaches. An increasing number of people living with unresolved symptoms are looking for alternative solutions to improve their quality of life and cannabis is increasingly being considered. Because the only way to access medical cannabis legally [...]

Advocacy: Adding Opiate Dependence as a Qualifying Condition in New Mexico

My mother came to Espanola, NM in 1952 to be a missionary nurse. At that time Espanola was a beautiful, bucolic village along the river, in the foothills of both the Jemez and the Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. It was a beautiful place to grow up. I followed in my Mom’s footsteps and also [...]

Medical Cannabis Programs Expand by Adding New Qualifying Conditions

As Nurses, we have to advocate for patients and to educate as needed when understanding or knowledge is lacking. Knowledge and understand-ing regarding the science and practical use of cannabinoid therapeutics within the context of healthcare is an area that is deficient in our public health and medical communities. Worldwide research related to cannabis and [...]

What is Holistic Nursing?

American Holistic Nurses Association Vision (AHNA): Our vision is a world in which nursing nurtures wholeness and inspires peace and healing. Holistic Nursing can be defined as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal” and takes a “mind-body-spirit-emotion-environment” approach to self and patient care. (Klebanoff, 2013). It is important to [...]

Natural Health Care

Holistic living is an art of living in harmony with nature and deals with a concern for the whole universe. The term holistic medicine is derived from the term “Holism” which means that a living being is not to be viewed as a composite of different organs but as an integrated entity viewed as a [...]

HIPAA: Medical Marijuana

Many nurses have been asking about how medical cannabis is playing into the protected fields of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) which is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information. Here’s an article that will assist you in your profession to assure your state [...]

Cannabis as Medicine: A Holistic Approach to Healing

Cannabis is considered a healing herb. Healing on a multitude of levels: Body, Mind, and Spirit: it treats the person, holistically. When the psychological [mind] and spiritual [spirit] aspects of a being are incorporated into the healing-body protocol, healing is increased and quality changes emerge. Mind: The mind is a powerful healing tool. To say [...]

Why U.S. Doctors Love Opioids and Hate Marijuana for Chronic Pain

The opioid epidemic is well documented, yet physicians still are wary about whether cannabinoids are better options for chronic pain. Neither is a perfect solution. Chronic pain is a tremendous public health problem. The Institute of Medicine estimates chronic pain affects 100 million Americans at an annual cost of $600 billion. Its report notes that [...]

9 Ways to Deepen Healing with Cannabis and Consciousness

The clinical cannabis experience and consciousness research have independently demonstrated nine mechanisms to deepen our healing process. Each of these mechanisms is subject to conscious intervention, and the more we know and understand about them the easier we can achieve the kind of healing that goes beyond the mere management of symptoms, and bring about [...]

Nurses Must Advocate for Patient Access to Cannabis

Pain is the most common reason people seek health care. A common treatment for moderate to severe acute and chronic pain has including opioids. While many patients may suffer from an opioid use disorder that started with experimentation with illicit opioids or heroin, most patients with an opioid use disorder started with prescribed opioids. For [...]

New Jersey Department of Health Panel to Consider Petitions Adding Qualifying Conditions to the State’s Medicinal Marijuana Program

Putting the pieces together to improve your health The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) accepted 45 petitions from the general public to add qualifying conditions to the state’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) in August 2016. Most of these petitions were for conditions that are characterized by chronic pain, the most common reason medical marijuana [...]

Using Medical Cannabis for Opioids Sparing and Opioids Tapering in Chronic Pain

hronic pain has reached epidemic proportions in the past decade, with an estimated 80 million current chronic pain sufferers in the US. There has been concomitant exponential growth in the use of prescription opioids for chronic pain. A significant proportion of chronic pain patients are also being treated with benzodiazepines. Much of this increase has [...]

Medicinal Cannabis: A Primer for Nurses

PATIENTS TRUST and depend on nurses, who need to have informed and valid answers to patients’ questions about the use of medicinal cannabis for various health disorders. Conditions for which cannabis has been approved for medicinal use vary from state to state. To date, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its use [...]

How Should Cannabis be Regulated? Re-schedule, De-schedule, or Legalize – What Does that Mean?

Currently, marijuana (cannabis) is prohibited under federal law. Cannabis was arbitrarily placed in Schedule I of the regulatory system that was created under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970 and has remained there for more than 4 decades despite the science that proves it never belonged there in the first place. There are 5 [...]

A Roadmap of How to Create Change In Your Community

As of today, February 22, 2017, the petition letter has not yet been signed by our Secretary of Health. There are currently three bills in New Mexico’s ongoing legislature that address the legalization of cannabis, increasing plant count, increasing medicine limits per patients, legalizing hemp, and regulating and taxing cannabis. The Secretary may be waiting [...]

Treating Children with Cannabis

There is a factual basis for the cannabis as a therapy for a variety of childhood related illnesses. All humans have all of their body systems: cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immune, nervous, musculoskeletal, and reproductive; homeostatically regulated by the marijuana-like compounds that we all produce, known as endocannabinoids – cannabis from within. In fact, anytime anyone [...]


Cannabinoids — the active components of Cannabis sativa and their derivatives — exert palliative effects in cancer patients by preventing nausea, vomiting, and pain and by stimulating appetite. Also, these compounds have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumor cells in culture and animal models by modulating key cell-signaling pathways. Cannabinoids are usually well [...]

TBI and Cannabis: A Teenager’s Perspective in the State of Minnesota

Trey Brown was a normal thirteen-year-old child that played community sports in the heart of Minnesota with his family. His entire life and health changed on April 25th, 2011 when a line drive baseball struck by an aluminum bat, imbedded into the left side of his head. “I have an inch and half whole on [...]

One Nurse’s Journey and Suggestions

I am a Registered Nurse, an Associate Professor at the University of Maine, and an active ACNA member since 2014 and am the future President-Elect of ACNA. Even though I have supported cannabis reform for many years this year brought me to a new point in commitment and with it came a lot of new [...]

Cannabis and Cancer: Decoding the Connection

It seems like just yesterday that claims were being made that cannabis caused cancer. Epidemiologic reports suggested that regular cannabis use might be connected with the obvious head and neck malignancies and lung cancer, but also some that seemed more farfetched such as cervical, prostate, and testicular. Subsequent analyses called most of these associations into [...]

Oncology and Early Palliation: The Role of Cannabis

A landmark study by Rowland, Schumann, and Hickner (2010) found that earlier initiation of palliative care leads to better outcomes for patients with aggressive non-small cell lung cancer. The oncology patients who received earlier palliation, defined as palliation initiated at onset of treatment (or in this case within 8 weeks of initial diagnosis), had higher [...]

Cannabinoid Integrative Health 101

On Jan. 23, 2016, I delivered a TED-style talk at the 2016 Virtual Cannabis Health Summit produced by Green Flower Media. Below are some highlights: I resolved to “leverage my privilege” and strive to make a difference by “coming out” about cannabis in my scholarly and medical work. This is a way to heal, to [...]