Will marijuana ever be okay in nursing? - page 2

Okay I realize my username isn't the best for this topic... anyways :woot: Let's talk about marijuana. The fact that it's illegal is mindblowing. Let's ban a plant but not life crippling... Read More

  1. by   Buckeye.nurse
    There isn't really any clinical trial level evidence for marijuana currently. Just tons of anecdotal evidence--which a BON shouldn't and isn't going to use. That's why one of the points of the American Nursing Association's position statement asks for marijuana to be reclassified to a schedule II controlled substance so that research can be conducted. Only then will practitioners be able to make informed decisions.
  2. by   wondern
    Doesn't that seem just crazy to y'all? Opiums are used readily in patient care but not cannabis?

    Then some of those patients get addicted. That is sad and scary.

    I know they are awesome when really needed. I don't want to go without in an emergency that's for sure.
    Last edit by wondern on Apr 4
  3. by   wondern
    Quote from chare
    Exactly what evidence should the boards of nursing consider regarding recreational use of marijuana?
    I wonder what evidence they used for recreational use of alcohol?

    I guess they need to study how long the actual high is in one's system. How do scientists do that? A blood test wouldn't be accurate I wouldn't think if it stays in blood over 30 days.

    Do scientists do functioning/cognitive studies? That would make sense.

    What about nurses who use cannabis medicinally? They don't get their medicine?

    Oh, the irony of life.

    I also wonder if it's available in a pill form yet? Opium sure is.
    Last edit by wondern on Apr 4
  4. by   chare
    Quote from wondern
    I wonder what evidence they used for recreational use of alcohol?
    Most likely the fact that alcohol isn't a Schedule I controlled substance.
  5. by   wondern
    Most likely

    It does make one wonder.
  6. by   djh123
    Just a real quick comment re: marijuana - not for nurses - but I have a patient right now who has a Rx for medical marijuana, and I really think it helps him.
  7. by   wondern
    I forgot the pill form are gummies! That would be kind of nice to be able to give old people or whoever their gummy pills for anxiety or pain or whatever it is prescribed for. If they could make them sugar-free for diabetics too that would be extra nice.
  8. by   BostonFNP
    Quote from Bakingismylife
    Sure of course, but there is honestly nothing wrong with marijuana.
    The Surgeon General's Warning on Marijuana
  9. by   klone
    Quote from djh123
    Just a real quick comment re: marijuana - not for nurses - but I have a patient right now who has a Rx for medical marijuana, and I really think it helps him.
    I don't think anyone is arguing that medicinal marijuana isn't beneficial for some conditions and treatment management. That's supposed to say SYMPTOM management, sorry.
    Last edit by klone on Apr 4
  10. by   wondern
    I did not realize how many studies have been done on alcohol. I support further studies like these for marijuana. I would hope it could help with the opioid crisis.
    Also if you used gummies that wouldn't hurt your patient's lungs.
    I just agree with OP that it may be less harmful than what is legal, either alcohol or opioids. I just added alcohol because that's what some people want after work and it's okay for them. Everybody's system is so unique and reacts differently to some degree.

    Alcohol Portal | CDC
    Last edit by wondern on Apr 4
  11. by   TinaMWrtr
    I have had this convo with my wife several times. She is a chemist and works in a toxicology lab as a supervisor and used to be an analyst with the same company. They get urine, blood, and saliva samples from doctor offices, courts, smaller labs, etc. I think the biggest issue with this is stigma, but that will dissipate in the coming years. The next big hurdle is testing. Currently, there are no tests that can measure the "current" level of marijuana in your system, like BAC. Blood tests show if you've consumed it all in the last few weeks, not in the past 24 hours or so, which makes it difficult to jobs to accurately determine how sober you are as a nurse.
  12. by   kakamegamama
    Quote from Bakingismylife
    Sure of course, but there is honestly nothing wrong with marijuana. Imagine if there was a stigma for nurses to come home to a glass or two of wine (which we all know alcohol opens a chance for addiction, which weed does not)
    And, evidence to support your statement that weed does not open a chance for addiction? In refereed journals? And, would you want to work alongside/after/be a patient of a nurse whose last joint of several was just before walking into the workplace?
  13. by   ashley_bird
    I would say that digesting marijuana is way different than smoking it. I know they have figured out a way to make liquid marijuana that does not get patients high, but the gummies they have in the medical stores have stronger and different side effects than smoking it. The body responds differently to the HTC when digested and it can give hallucinogenic like effects.

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