Cannabis & Health


The use of cannabis can be effective in treating a multitude of diseases.  But is can also be an extremely effective health supplement that can potentially prevent various disorders.

This selection of articles highlights the use of cannabis in treating disorders such as intractable pediatric epilepsy, the side-effects of cancer chemotherapy.  But it also shares articles about the value of hemp, the first cousin to cannabis, as a nutritional supplement.


 

On The Front Lines With a Cannabis Nurse

By Marissa Fratoni, RN-BSN, LMT, RYT, INHC Have you ever been in the presence of someone having a severe flashback to a war that was fought over forty years ago? Let me paint a picture for you. I’m visiting a patient because he has had a really bad week and may need to be admitted […]

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The Endocannabinoid System as a Therapeutic Target in Glaucoma|Neural Plasticity

Glaucoma is an irreversible blinding eye disease which produces progressive retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss. Intraocular pressure (IOP) is currently the only modifiable risk factor, and lowering IOP results in reduced risk of progression of the disorder. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) has attracted considerable attention as a potential target for the treatment of glaucoma, largely […]

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Cannabis as a First-Line Treatment for Childhood Mental Disorders | O’Shaughnessy’s

  “The case of Alex P. suggests that the practice of employing pharmaceutical drugs as first-line treatment exposes children gratuitously to harmful side effects.”   Source: Cannabis as a First-Line Treatment for Childhood Mental Disorders | O’Shaughnessy’s Editor’s Note: This is an interesting case study on the use of cannabinoids on a 15 year-old male […]

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Will medical cannabis really work for my chronic pain? | StarTribune.com

                                          Severe pain drove this average Minnesotan to seek the comforts of medical cannabis. Here’s how things worked out for her.   Read More: Will medical cannabis really work for my chronic pain? – StarTribune.com […]

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One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana – The Washington Post

New research shows a dramatic drop in painkiller prescriptions after medical marijuana laws are passed.   Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair of researchers at the University of Georgia, scoured the database of all prescription drugs paid for under Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013. They found that, in the 17 states […]

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Why Nurses are Vital to the Medical Cannabis Community

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 […]

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