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You all shoould watch the documentary by Dr. Sanjay Gupta called Weed. It came on CNN on 8-11-13 but you can probably find it online or catch a rerun. It was very interesting, showing how marijuana basically helped save a 5 year old little girl's life in Colorado and helped some other people with their health conditions. They explained the chemical breakdown of it and how it affects the brain, etc.

The more i research cannabis the more stories I hear about people who are helped. I have never heard of a person that was actually harmed. We really need to stop acting like children and actually help our patients. I am not sure why nurses feel like they can't think for themselves.

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I had an oncologist recently tell me all about the evils of medical marijuana...he said (sneeringly) in conclusion that "basically it's just a legal way to get high".

Uhhhh excuse me, but what about all the oxycontin, dilaudid, fentanyl...I could go on and on...that you prescribe? Lots fewer benefits and you still get high. At least with marijuana cancer patients could get some real relief without many of the nasty side effects of opioids.

JMHO!

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I had an oncologist recently tell me all about the evils of medical marijuana...he said (sneeringly) in conclusion that "basically it's just a legal way to get high".

Uhhhh excuse me, but what about all the oxycontin, dilaudid, fentanyl...I could go on and on...that you prescribe? Lots fewer benefits and you still get high. At least with marijuana cancer patients could get some real relief without many of the nasty side effects of opioids.

JMHO!

I know quite a few oncologists from some pretty reputable settings and they all appreciate the fact that cannabis DOES offer some symptom relief for SOME of their patients.

Any oncologist who is willing to consider it only a "legal way to get high" is poorly informed and should be avoided, IMHO.

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This is to the person who wrote the first negative comment.

What is important here is to realize that marijuana was a part of the United States Pharmacopeia since 1851 and was only removed due to an activist used by the U.S government once alcohol prohibition was over. Alcohol was once illegal but you see its is now sold on the shelves at most stores. Alcohol is actually non-beneficial to health and the government learned of the profits they could gain from taxing it and now it is legal. Thats exactly what is going to happen with marijuana. Actually the human body can not be harmed much with the use of it unless a person smokes something like 15lbs in 15 minutes which is not possible. The human body has specific receptors that interact with it, which in turn help release cannabanoids which can kill cancer cells. That is just one example. You really should research things if you are going to treat patients. It will only help you to be a better nurse.

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wrong word use

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I can't ever imagine a dispensary needing a nurse? You don't need a nurse when you purchase advil or aspirin. I would think that before dispensed, the usual "have you taken this medication before"? would be asked and the pharmacist would go over it and that is it. Since I have lived my entire life in California, I think we here just don't give a hoot about this as it is so common.

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I know quite a few oncologists from some pretty reputable settings and they all appreciate the fact that cannabis DOES offer some symptom relief for SOME of their patients.

Any oncologist who is willing to consider it only a "legal way to get high" is poorly informed and should be avoided, IMHO.

Exactly....and alcohol is just a legal way to get drunk, yet nobody bats an eye at it.

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Did you accept the position? and if you did can you share your experience so far? I am currently doing my NP and would like to get into this type of role when I am done.

Amber

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I am also very interested in the growing role of Registered Nurses in cannabis medicine. I found this article a few months ago posted by American Cannabis Nurses Association.

"Nurses can fill the gap between patients and dispensary staff. As a profession, we are trained to look at the whole picture and treat the patient holistically. We take an oath to do no harm and to advocate for the patient's rights. Nurses are altruistic by nature and seek to relieve the suffering of others. Our training compliments cannabis medicine perfectly...Treatment is not a one size fits all and nurses are able to individualize the care. Nurses could make the difference between success and failure for a patient. It's time to bring more nurses to cannabis medicine."

https://eloisetheisen.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/why-nurses-are-vital-to-the-medical-cannabis-community/

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I am also very interested in the growing role of Registered Nurses in cannabis medicine. I found this article a few months ago posted by American Cannabis Nurses Association.

"Nurses can fill the gap between patients and dispensary staff. As a profession, we are trained to look at the whole picture and treat the patient holistically. We take an oath to do no harm and to advocate for the patient's rights. Nurses are altruistic by nature and seek to relieve the suffering of others. Our training compliments cannabis medicine perfectly...Treatment is not a one size fits all and nurses are able to individualize the care. Nurses could make the difference between success and failure for a patient. It's time to bring more nurses to cannabis medicine."

https://eloisetheisen.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/why-nurses-are-vital-to-the-medical-cannabis-community/

A very poorly written article. First, we do not take an oath to "do no harm" (that's the Hippocratic Oath). Secondly, she means "complement" not "compliment". That's just in the snippet you quoted, I didn't bother to click the link to read the actual article.

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A very poorly written article. First, we do not take an oath to "do no harm" (that's the Hippocratic Oath). Secondly, she means "complement" not "compliment". That's just in the snippet you quoted, I didn't bother to click the link to read the actual article.

Besides which, how much nursing assistance do people need to smoke dope??

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This is a very closed minded and distasteful response to a valid and honest question. Cannabis is an herb with many proven medical benefits. Please educate yourself before spreading your uneducated and fear based opinions.

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