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Cannabis Nurses Treating Patients

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What is a Cannabis Nurse?

Nurses who pursue cannabis education and utilize cannabis as part of their recommendations for treatment are known as cannabis nurses. Cannabis nurses have been around for a long time, but many were, and still are, afraid to come out of the green closet. Several medical facilities employing nurses have strict guidelines when it comes to recommendations for treatment. At the same time, even though cannabis is legal in numerous states, nurses who consume cannabis personally are often at risk of losing their job due to employment specific drug testing. 

Despite these several hurdles to overcome, there are nurses all over the world who have been standing up for cannabis as a medicine, and it’s gaining popularity. The number of cannabis nurses grows every day and is even a rapidly growing job sector for nurses specializing in cannabinoid therapies. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing released the National Nursing Guidelines for Medical Marijuana for nurses working with patients on cannabis treatment plans. Although the guidelines specify nurses need to fully understand the local marijuana laws and programs, relevant research and rules of safe consumption, none of them actually provide instructions for how to achieve positive results from any specific cannabis treatment plan. This lack of instructions can make it difficult for nurses who are new to cannabis therapies to learn proper techniques.

How do I become a Cannabis Nurse?

Thankfully there are groups of skilled cannabis nurses who have created organizations for sharing education, knowledge, and resources for cannabis nursing. One is the American Cannabis Nurses Association. The ACNA is a 501(c)(3) NFP nursing organization representing the emerging field of endocannabinoid therapeutics to professional nurses. They offer an online cannabis nursing curriculum developed in collaboration with The Medical Cannabis Institute. It includes the newest medical cannabis research, usage, and clinical applications. 

Another organization of cannabis nurses is the Cannabis Nurses Network. Established in 2015, the Cannabis Nurses Network is a professional nursing and professional development organization for nurses around the world. They are a global network of registered nurses who include endocannabinoid system health, and implement cannabinoid therapeutics. The CNW also has several online courses available for nurses looking to educate themselves on cannabis as medicine, or earn Nursing Accredited Continued Education Credits (CEUs). In addition to their online education, they also produce the Cannabis Nurses Network Conference. This is an annual professional development and educational event for cannabis nurses and other licensed medical professionals to increase their knowledge and understanding of cannabis medicine, the endocannabinoid system, and its practical application in patient care. 

As medical cannabis continues to be legalized in more states, the demand for knowledge and credible education for nurses and medical professionals will continue to skyrocket. This is why organizations like the ACNA and the CNW are so important in sharing the newest research and science behind cannabis medicine and its integration into patient treatment plans. Visit their websites to learn more about cannabis nursing and what you can do to help.    

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What is U.S. Patent 6630507?

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United States Patent 6630507 was filed with the Department of Health and Human Services as the Assignee with a PCT File date of April 21, 1999. Despite cannabis being a federally illegal substance, Patent 6630507 goes on to confirm cannabinoids are in fact antioxidants and neuroprotectants. The abstract even lists specific diseases and conditions cannabinoids can help with. 

Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA [N-methyl-D-aspartate–an amino acid] receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”

If you find it strange that the federal government holds a patent on cannabinoids being beneficial antioxidants and neuroprotectants, while at the same restricting its use as a federally illegal substance, you’re not alone. Groups like Talk to the 6630507 Hand have been helping raise awareness of this blatant hypocrisy. The “Talk to the 6630507 Hand” Anti-Propaganda and Stop the Hypocrisy campaign was created by Amy Dawn Bourlon-Hilterbran and launched in Colorado in August, 2016. “The campaign is meant to educate the masses and call to action legal recourse for denial of access to a plant that has been proven medicinal and nontoxic while persecuting and prosecuting citizens that choose it as their medicine. This particular patent proves not only that cannabis is medicinal but also that it is non-toxic and therefore non-lethal.”

The group has raised awareness all over the country in a call to action for the United States government to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. They’ve even got big celebrities to endorse the campaign like the entire cast of Super Troopers, Woody Harrelson, and Willie Nelson. All you have to do is write 6630507 on your hand. Take a picture and post it online, and be sure to tag Talk to the Hand 6630507. This is a free way you can help make an impact on our society so we encourage you all to join the movement!

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GRAM Starts Nationwide Tour at MJBizConNEXT!

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Josh Crossney, the Founder and CEO of the Cannabis Science Conference, who stopped by the booth to say hello!

The Grass Roots America Magazine Team successfully debuted their launch as a national publication last week at MJBizConNEXT! Produced by Marijuana Business Daily, the MJBizCon events are some of the largest and most prestigious in the world. MJBizConNEXT is focused on next generation innovations and technology that are shaping the future of the cannabis industry, providing a forward looking view into what’s NEXT in the cannabis industry. This is why we chose MJBizConNEXT as the official event to share what’s NEXT with our magazine and it couldn’t have been a better choice!

We met so many amazing people in the industry and were able to share our mission as Grass Roots America Magazine, to deliver Great Research About Medicine, one GRAM at a time. Our booth was packed throughout the entire event with people visiting from all over the world and interested in cannabis as medicine. We distributed countless cases of our newest issue on Women’s Health, and we received such positive feedback for both our educational content focused on the science and research behind cannabis as medicine, and for the incredible cover photography and magazine artwork.

Our whole team got to meet Josh Crossney, the Founder and CEO of the Cannabis Science Conference, who stopped by the booth to say hello!

We’re very proud to be a Media Sponsor for the Cannabis Science Conference West, where you can meet the GRAM Team in Portland, OR, September 4-6!

Our next event is this Friday and Saturday in Detroit, MI for CannaCon Detroit, where the Grass Roots America Magazine Team will continue our nationwide tour, delivering Great Research About Medicine, one GRAM at a time! Join us at Booth 307 to meet our team and get your copy of our newest issue!     

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GRAM Launches Improved Website

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The entire team at Grass Roots America Magazine is excited to release our new and improved website! We invite you to explore our new look and layout!

When we first launched the magazine, our focus was on the quality of the cannabis education presented in our print and digital issues. This meant that our website layout was the not our main priority in the very first stages of bringing great research about medicine to the world. Our original website was, at the time, intended to act as a gateway to the magazine, and it worked.

It worked so well, our views of the magazine went global and we are still expanding. Because of this, we knew we needed to provide more digital content to our readership, with a layout that was both visually driven and easy to navigate. In our design process, we experimented with  several layouts and features, resulting in many drafts that were then judged and critiqued by our design team and IT specialists.

After several rounds of updating the design by adding or removing certain features, the GRAM team was given the final approval from our Founder and CEO, Nancy Moss, and the new and improved Grass Roots America Magazine website was born!

Our new layout is more than just visually appealing. It draws your gaze to eye catching graphics that highlight the main topic of each article, encouraging readers to click and learn more. Then, each article presents current scientific and medical cannabis information, supported by cutting edge research and commentary from some of today’s leading experts in cannabis.

In addition to sharing great research about medicine, our new website also has a Cooking Corner, featuring infused recipes. You can also keep up to date with where our team will be in the world by checking out our calendar of Events. You can even meet our team at an event near you!

We hope you enjoy your new website and look forward to sharing great research about medicine as we grow into the future.

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