Kerri Accardi Is On A Mission To Educate The World About Cannabis

NEW YORK: Kerri Accardi wants to educate the world about cannabis. She’s been on a personal and professional mission since 2014, when a close relative passed away after an agonizing battle with cancer, suffering the brutal effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation — a battle Accardi believes might have been won had legal cannabis been available.

Her mission to the Staten Island, NY native to the canna-friendly West Coast right at the time when legalization movement was gaining momentum, where she connected with the advocates, growers, caregivers and community leaders who were at the center of California, Oregon and Washington’s quasi-legal medical marijuana movement.

With an activist’s eye and a passion for the plant, Accardi and her team at 420MEDIA have now created A New Cannabis Channel (ANewCannabisChannel.com), an omni-channel media play debuting April 20, 2021 (4/20).  Initial programming will include three original series: “5th Quarter” hosted by NFL Super Bowl Champion and cannabis activist Marvin Washington; “Nurse Talk” hosted by Nurse Heather Manus Sobel, founder of the Cannabis Nurses Network; and “Faces of Cannabis” intimate conversations with cannabis industry thought leaders, and will be available on ROKU, Amazon Fire Stick, Android, and iOS.

 

An ad-supported platform, A New Cannabis Channel is offering permanent commercial placement with integrated marketing, in-video shopping, social media and PR packages for the three inaugural series.

 

Listen in as MJNews founder David Rheins and Kerri Accardi catch up in this MJChannelOne Exclusive Interview:

CNN Conference Teaches Cannabis Medicine, Endocannabinoid System; Seeks Institutional Acceptance By Medical Community

CALIFORNIA: The Cannabis Nurses Network announced the success of its fourth Cannabis Nurses Network Conference, the only ongoing professional development and education conference in the country designed exclusively for Registered Nurses and wellness professionals to advance their understanding of cannabis medicine, the endocannabinoid system and practical applications in day-to-day patient care and practice. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) released guidelines in July 2018 for cannabis patient care, proving the immediate need for medical professionals to gain practical medical marijuana patient care education.

For the past 17 years, nurses have been ranked as the most trusted profession, and with nurses being the heart of healthcare and the front line for patients, Heather Manus RN, CEO and founding member of the Cannabis Nurses Network, says it’s a travesty patients have been denied access to cannabis medicine. With the research now available and the support of the NCSBN, every nurse should be educated in cannabis medicine and the Endocannabinoid System, she said.

nurses_cnnc_2019“We are revolutionizing the future of healthcare,” Manus said. “The emergence and discovery surrounding the Endocannabinoid System is a paradigm shift for all practicing nurses. Once you understand it, there’s no turning back.”

The landmark conference, celebrating its fourth year, was hosted and welcomed for the first time by San Diego on Feb. 28. The event kicked off with councilwoman and future mayoral candidate Barbara Bry delivering opening remarks, thanking the hundreds of attendants for their compassionate work and for traveling from all parts of the country. With San Diego being a leader in life sciences and biotech along with its more than 80 research institutes, including the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, Bry declared the city as being the ideal backdrop for the conference.

“You may know that our city legalized the entire supply chain for adult use, and we did so with few restrictions and barriers to cannabis testing facilities; and I’m very proud I was a co-author of the ordinance that we passed,” Bry said. “The exciting world of CBD research is still a fresh frontier, and it’s wonderful that you are all here today to share your knowledge and to learn new things. There’s a lot more to do to treat the many people out there who need help with cannabis, and that’s why this conference is so important.”

The Cannabis Nurses Network Awards were held the second evening of the conference. Jim Bartell, a local public affairs leader and former mayor of Santee, received an award for his work to draft a bill allowing cannabis to be used in all hospitals and medical facilities in California. Earlier this year, just six months after his son passed away from pancreatic cancer, Bartell drafted a bill that would permit all California hospitals to allow patients who are terminally ill to have access to cannabis treatment should they so choose. The bill has been introduced by California State Senator Ben Hueso, as SB 305, and is scheduled for review by the Senate Health Committee in March 2019. Cannabis Nurses Network has submitted a signed letter of support to Sen. Hueso for SB 305.

Other awardees included Leaders of Nursing; Marcie Cooper, Janna Champagne, James Schwartz, and Uwe Blesching who authored the Cannabis Health Index. Awardees also included the first graduating class of Speakers Bureau trained by Maureen McNamara of Cannabis Trainers

“We can not understate the efficacy of cannabis in medical treatment,” said Manus. “It’s important our nurses, who are at the forefront of patient care, learn all they can about the endocannabinoid system and the proper medicinal use of cannabis. We believe strongly believe that in five years or less, we will get medicinal cannabis approved for use in hospitals, medical centers, and nursing homes nationwide.”

Sponsors for the conference included: Eden Labs, Sacred Garden, Incredibles, Nature Nurse, and Cannabiniers.

Cannabis Nurses Network 2020 will take place in San Diego during Nurses Week, May 6th-May 8th.

“Breaking The Cycle Of Opioid Dependency Using Cannabis” Topic Of Cannabis Nurses Network Conference

Educational Session and Panel on Opioid Crisis will also include Professional Athlete, Boo Williams, Noted Cannabis Author Uwe Blesching, PhD and Hospice Nurse Marcie Cooper RN, MSN, AHN-BC.

CALIFORNIA:  Noted medical cannabis writer and author, Uwe Blesching, will address the timely topic of opioid addiction in an educational session titled “Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction” at this year’s Cannabis Nurses Network Conference (CNNC), the annual professional development and education conference designed exclusively for Registered Nurses and wellness professionals to advance their understanding of cannabis medicine, the endocannabinoid system, and practical applications in day-to-day patient care & practice. This year’s conference will be held at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina from February 28th through March 2nd, 2019. 

Blesching is a regular contributor to the cannabinoid health sciences, mind-body medicine, phytopharmacology, as well as evidence-based illness prevention and treatment protocols.  Blesching’s books such as the Cannabis Health Index, Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction, and Heal Yourself with Cannabis are based on Blesching’s rigorous in depth research and twenty years’ experience in emergency medicine as a Paramedic for the City of San Francisco. 

According to reports, states with medical cannabis laws have a 25% lower opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws. In addition, medical cannabis saves Medicare about $165 million annually in prescription costs alone.

Blesching will also join professional athlete, Boo Williams and hospice nurse, Marcie Cooper RN, MSN, AHN-BC for a panel titled “Cannabis & Opiate Harm Reduction” Williams, a former tight end for the New Orleans Saints and founder of Black Ghost Enterprises, now leads a multi-faceted branding company that includes a line of CBD cannabis products under the BooBeary brand.  As a former professional athlete, he brings his own personal experience with using cannabis for pain management and mental health, along with his vast industry knowledge, to lead his venture. 

Nurse Cooper has been a hospice nurse for more than 10 years created and contributed to several nationally offered nursing CEU courses and programs on cannabis including Cannabinoid Connections in 2016. She has been teaching Geriatric Nursing and Transcultural Nursing in a BSN program and incorporating concepts of cannabis nursing into these traditional nursing courses. Providing direct patient care has always been and remains her first love and passion aside from teaching physicians and nurses. 

CNN Founding Member, Heather Manus, RN, “Patients are using cannabis legally, with or without medical oversight. Nurses are being encouraged by the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to seek and gain knowledge regarding Cannabis Patient Care. I believe we are witnessing a revolution in healthcare, and Nurses are among those at the forefront.”

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to register to learn about cannabis science, research, and clinical applications related to the human endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid therapeutics from world-class experts.

Event website for tickets is www.CannabisNursesNetwork.com/cnnc