By: Eloise Theisen, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC
My experience has been that patients who are coming to cannabis for the first time have complex medical histories. Some have tried everything under the sun, with little to no relief. Others are taking a long list of medications, including over the counter and supplements. While cannabis has one of the best safety profiles, there is still potential for drug-drug interactions. There are also a group of patients who find cannabis to be so effective that they want to come off their prescription medications. Since they have not told their physicians about using cannabis, many feel lost, not knowing who to turn to for further guidance. Patients end up in limbo. This is where nurses can come in and provide a service that is severely lacking in the medical cannabis community.
Editor’s Note: Eloise Theisen (MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC) is a compassionate, highly knowledgeable healthcare professional dedicated to ensuring patients receive the qualified counseling they need to safely and effectively use cannabinoids to manage a health condition, treat an illness, and reduce their intake of pharmaceuticals. She’s a board member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association that developed and teaches certification classes for health care practitioners and dispensary employees interested in becoming more knowledgable or credentialed in cannabis / cannabinoid therapy.