Roundtable Discussion for Nurses Week 2019: Why Are You A Cannabis Nurse?

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According to a gallop poll done in late 2018, nurses consistently rank at the top of the country’s most trusted professionals. More than four in five Americans (84%) again rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as “very high” or “high,” earning them the top spot among a diverse list of professions for the 17th consecutive year.

And this week, America celebrates them.

National Nurses Week begins on National Nurses Day, May 6, and concludes on May 12, the birthday of the most famous of nurses, Florence Nightingale.

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Today’s cannabis nurses, play various roles including being a patient advocate and educator and are tasked with the key role in helping patients and their caregivers, understand cannabis, from how they can use it, how often to use it, and help them figure out drug interaction from their other medications.

In addition to guiding the use of cannabis in a way that minimizes unwanted side effects, cannabis nurses must also identify drug interactions, assist in titrating or tapering doses, test strains, and educate the patient and family members – encouraging them to discuss treatment with other healthcare providers in the continuum of care.

We spoke with several cannabis nurses who attended the recent Cannabis Nurses Network Conference earlier this year, joined us in a roundtable discussion to ask the important question: Why are you a Cannabis Nurse?

“I am a cannabis nurse because I believe in the power of the plant to heal our bodies and minds in a natural way.  I believe in cannabis therapeutics because our bodies have an Endo-cannabinoid system that is dependent on our ingestion of cannabinoids and we have research now that suggests when we are deficient in cannabinoids that it actually leads to other illness and disease processes.  Cannabis is a wellness drug we should all consume in some form.” –James Schwartz BSN, LNC, CEO

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“I became a cannabis nurse by accident. After a critical illness left me on a ventilator, in a coma, my recovery was difficult. Wheelchair bound, with serious PTSD, I spent endless hours researching a road to recovery. Crippled by pain, insomnia and anxiety, nothing seemed to help. It was my children who suggested I try cannabis. Like many people I currently see at Magnolia Wellness, I had to overcome my personal biases and give cannabis a try. There is an old saying about “and the children will lead us”, let me tell you this, it will be cannabis nurses holding their hands! Health and wellness are the right of everyone, and cannabis can help give them that. I became a cannabis nurse to educate and facilitate their successful path.” –Barbara Blaser RN

“I am a cannabis nurse because this is where I am called at this time in my life. I knew from a young age this plant was special. I only regret that I never questioned the propaganda of the past but vow to fight for the right for humankind to use this plant in any way they may find useful to increase quality of life for now and all future generations.” –Dawn-Marie Steenstra LPN, SDC, IC, QA, SCC

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“I believe in it. I believe cannabis medicine changes lives, and as long as I have air in my lungs, I will fight for access for my patients. Everyone deserves autonomy to their health care, and I will die fighting for that right.” -Gina Lucero RN

 

“I am a Cannabis Nurse because cannabis has helped me through my second battle with breast cancer and my lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression. There is a world of education necessary to teach other nurses and it is important to change the stigma of cannabis as it relates to Scheduling and the therapeutic benefits it has as medicine. Raising awareness for Cannabinoid Therapeutics and alternative therapies that enhance the Endocannabinoid System has become a passionate part of my nursing career. As a nurse it is necessary to learn about the future of healthcare and the importance of alternative therapies to assist in the crisis of the national opioid epidemic as well as our national crisis of suicide. Cannabis will change the way we look at heaTHCare.” –Nique Pichette, MSN RN

“As a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Registered Nurse I’ve been directly involved in the care of many Michigan patients whose end-of-life journey was significantly affected by the use of medical cannabis. Watching their successes and struggles I saw the need for unbiased scientific cannabis education.” -Cathleen Graham RN CHPN

“Cannabis has made an enormous impact in my own life, and in the life of my daughter, by sparing our individual health crises.    These are the reasons for my passion doing this work.   I find it rewarding to utilize my own life experiences and the knowledge gained to educate patients in need, as this gives purpose to the pain and furthers my own healing process in return.   I believe promoting cannabis as a viable medical option and requiring that patients are prioritized over profits will promote a badly needed health care paradigm shift, thereby improving outcomes for those patients who are falling between the cracks of our current system.  Having my own quality of life spared by cannabis, I am wholly committed to this pursuit, and won’t stop advocating until cannabis access is considered a basic human right.” -Janna Champagne, BSN, RN

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“When I first became knowledgeable about cannabis medicine I was in disbelief. Over the last 12 years I have been a hospice nurse, and the suffering both physically and mentally that I have witnessed is very real. I have spent a great deal of time learning the science while at the same time seeing the miracles of cannabis for patients. Reading and digesting the vast research and benefits of cannabis can seem like a slap in the face to any nurse who has spent their career trying to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Where was this tool, this miracle plant when I was witnessing so many pre-mature deaths and so much suffering?  Apparently, it was being hidden by our own government under the guise of a schedule 1 drug, with no medicinal benefits and a high potential for abuse. The truth is, that even now while some people can and do benefit enormously from cannabis medicine, others are still suffering and being criminalized for trying to.  It is impossible to get the full health benefits from this plant when current US researches aren’t being allowed to research it, when patients are being told what specific cannabinoid they can or cannot have, how many plants they may can grow or what percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol they can have. This plant and its benefits are not understood when nurses and doctors still claim to be “anti-pot”.  How can anyone even be allowed to be a health care provider and not comprehend the enormous importance of the ECS and the relationship of cannabis to supplement this system. How can we as nurses not fight for justice that this plant and every victim of the government deserves? I am a proud cannabis nurse because I am an educated patient advocate. I am a Cannabis Nurse because every nurse should be.” –Marcie Cooper, MSN RN APHN-BC

“Cannabis chose me to carry her message. Cannabis taught me about the endocannabinoid system, the largest receptor signaling system in the human body, responsible for modulating and creating systematic homeostasis. Cannabis taught me about endocannabinoid deficiency, and the benefits of supplementing this deficiency with cannabinoids, acupuncture, nutrition, and mindfulness. Cannabis has taught me how to be a better nurse, a non-judgmental nurse, a fierce patient advocate nurse, a “woke” nurse aware of my mission and responsibility to help lead a revolution in healthcare, allowing cannabis wisdom to be our guide.” –Heather Manus, RN

Cannabis Nurses Network promotes and provides quality Education for ongoing continued learning. Through education and shared information, nurses are supported in gaining knowledge, experience, and confidence. Knowledgeable nurses who have understanding of the Endocannabinoid System and Cannabinoid Therapeutics are making major impacts within the healthcare and legal systems, as well as, the wellness and cannabis industries worldwide.

 

For Nurses Week, during Nurses Week, CNN is offering discount membership, CNNC 2020 Early-bird tickets, and a new online Continued Education Program, “Rooted in Science: Nourished by Nature.” For more information, log to https://www.cannabisnursesnetwork.com/

420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: Meet Cannabis Nurse Heather Manus

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Digital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. We’ll ask each of these industry pioneers the same 5 questions.  This week, we meet Nurse Heather Manus, RN, the founder of the Cannabis Nurses Network. 

1. Tell us about your Company

Established in 2015, Cannabis Nurses Network is a global network of registered nurses who include Endocannabinoid System health, and implement cannabinoid therapeutics to support our patients’ journey to holistic balance.  We are empowering nurses through education, opportunity, recognition, and advocacy.

Cannabis Nurses Network provides continued education courses and empower our nurses with ongoing professional development opportunities. Our members have unprecedented opportunities to connect with other industry professionals, participate in thought-leader action projects, advance their expertise and influence the future of cannabis medicine.

We honor, recognize and support nurses’ successes and the diligent work being conducted by individual cannabis nurses worldwide. Cannabis Nurses Network provides our platform for recognition of outstanding nurses, and their efforts within the community are shared and celebrated.

Our organization insists on advocating for the health, well-being and professional safety of nurses and patients embarking on their cannabis nurse journey.

Cannabis Nurses Network poster2. Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?

As nurses and healthcare professionals, we are taught extensively about the 11 human body systems and how to assess and think critically to address relevant or potential health issues. However, healthcare professionals are not currently being taught about the 12th body system; the Endocannabinoid System, which is the largest receptor signaling system in the human body, responsible for systematic homeostasis and balance.

As more states and countries are legalizing cannabis and cannabinoids for human use, it is imperative that nurses and healthcare professionals have knowledge and understanding of the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid therapeutics.

In addition, the cannabis industry is the fastest growing industry in the United States, providing a multitude of opportunities for “Cannabis Nurse Entrepreneurs” to emerge and shine.

3. What change will your firm address in the industry? Does it address an unmet need?

Cannabis Nurses Network prides itself on identifying and addressing unmet needs within the healthcare and cannabis industries, and are continuously bridging these gaps. CannabisNursesNetwork.com is home to the only online Cannabis Nurses Media and Cannabis Nurses Directory, designed to promote Cannabis Nurses and their businesses to the public.

Additionally, the Cannabis Nurses Network Conference is the only conference in the world, dedicated to providing continued learning, by educating Cannabis Nurses on the science, research, and practical applications of advancing endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid therapeutics care and knowledge. The Cannabis Nurses Network Formal Awards Dinner is our way of recognizing and honoring outstanding Cannabis Nurse Leaders.

nurse heather awards show4. What has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?

The most fulfilling aspects of establishing the Cannabis Nurses Network has been witnessing the professional growth and confidence of individual nurses who are engaging in the many opportunities that CNN has to offer. From authoring media articles to participating in the official Cannabis Nurses Speakers Bureau, nurses are learning, growing, and leading the way towards a revolution in healTHCare. Since establishing the organization in 2015, Cannabis Nurses Network has been touching and empowering the lives of nurses worldwide, and we’ve only just begun.

5. Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?

Cannabis Nurses Network has been leveling up in 2018; releasing the official online CannabisNursesNetwork.com website during National Nurses Week in May; providing professional development opportunities for nurses interested in advancing their knowledge base and career in Cannabis Nursing.

2019 will mark the 4th year of continued nursing education through the Cannabis Nurses Network Conference (CNNC). CNNC is a unique 3-day educational opportunity for nurses, healthcare, and licensed wellness professionals who are interested in advancing their expertise in cannabis medicine.

Cannabinoid research is being conducted worldwide. Where better to educate medical health professionals than sunny San Diego, California; home of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.  Attendees will learn about science, research, and clinical applications related to the human endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid therapeutics from world-class experts during CNNC.

Meeting and mingling with authors, researchers, and presenters while engaging in once-a-lifetime networking opportunities during the CNNC Mixer and Formal Dinner experiences.  To balance out an intellectual and stimulating program, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in an immersive, heal the healer, self-care experience. Leaving our guests feeling balanced, empowered, knowledgeable, confident, and connected. 

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The Wink In Weed: Lessons Learned At Seattle Hempfest

By David Rheins

I’m just back from another epic Seattle Hempfest.  The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful regions on the planet, and its volcanic mountains, vibrant cities and evergreen forests never cease to inspire wonder.  I cherish my PNW canna-family, and am humbled at how rich and meaningful have been our shared experiences, as we workers in weed have toiled to reform marijuana law, and establish a legal cannabis industry.

Jake The Professor and Don Skakie talk Washington Homegrow

Jake The Professor and Don Skakie talk Washington Homegrow

It is a treat to spend time with legends: Farmer Tom Lauerman, Jake The Professor, Grandma Cat Jeter, Kevin and Crystal Oliver, AC Braddock and Fritz Chess, David Tran, Vivian McPeak, Joy Beckerman, Nurse Heather Manus, Ah Warner and so many others.  This year we were honored to have USVI Senator Positive Nelson, who was traveling with a video crew from 420MEDIA,  visit with us.  I first met Terence, who is universally known as ‘Positive’, at a High Tea at Seattle’s Green Labs Farms a few years back, when as moderator I had the privilege of introducing the pro-pot and “positive living” politician to the cannabis community.  Look for great things from the Senator and USVI (pot tourism anyone?) soon.

The canna family gathers every year at Hempfest

The canna family gathers every year at Hempfest

Seattle Hempfest for me has always seemed like the ‘State Fair of Weed.’  Tens of thousands of people — of every age, shape and size — streaming through a labyrinth of vendor booths, food trucks and tents, smoking weed, hanging out and listening to advocates preach to the choir, and bands sing about “Mary Jane.”  This year was no different, a little smaller — a couple fewer stages due to lack of sponsorship support — and smokier, as a result of raging fires in Canada and Eastern Washington.

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Eden Labs’ Fritz Chess, Flower Girls Queen MJ, and MJBA Ambassador At Large Jake The Professor

At the Curved Papers/MJBA booth, and at a series of industry parties, I had the opportunity to reconnect to my industry friends and colleagues. What I heard was a consistent narrative: these are make or break times for Washington licensees.  Competition is fierce and getting fiercer.  Wholesale prices are brutally low for producers, and while sales remain strong at retail and gross revenues are high, profits are elusive and unfair taxes still eat up most of the profits.  For licensees the choice is straightforward: differentiate or die.

Much of our conversation revolved around the mainstreaming of cannabis — and the impact that the $4B USD investment that Constellation Brands just made with Canopy Growth would have on the mom & pops. The game has gone from grassroots to international overnight, and for the smaller players there is tremendous pressure to scale.  Undercapitalized businesses are putting their licenses up for sale, or looking for partnerships and mergers.

 

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Cannafest Destiny.  The West Coast is the fertile birthplace of the legal cannabis industry.  While NORML, established in 1970, can rightfully claim authorship of the political legalization and reform movement, the business — and more importantly the community — started in California, Oregon, Washington (and British Columbia).   The legitimate markets that we have created out West have blazed bright, sparks have now inspired entrepreneurs, activists, investors and politicians across the country — from Maine to Maryland, Michigan to Oklahoma. Our duty and opportunity is now to export the incredible experience and knowledge to these new emerging markets.

In a weird wrinkle of federal prohibition, Legal Cannabis has become international, before it has become a national industry!  Our neighbors to the north are rapidly ramping up their legal cannabis industry, and positioning themselves globally with distribution deals in emerging European, Caribbean and South American markets. Public Canadian companies are gobbling up American brands, and deals are now measured in the billions.

Jeremy MIller is organizing Viva Las Hempfest!

Jeremy Miller is organizing Viva Las Hempfest!

No where can we witness the mainstreaming of marijuana better than Las Vegas.  Neon billboards on strip.  24/7 retailers with drive thru.  Las Vegas, once upon a time among the harshest places in America to be caught with a seed or a stem (an infraction that could land you 20 years in the hoosegow) now actively planning the opening of consumption lounges and canna-friendly hotels.  No peace, love and tie dye hippie culture here.  Just the business of entertainment.  It is fitting then that the next stop for the Cannafest Destiny tour will be Las Vegas Hempfest on November 3&4th — Viva Las Hempfest! Hope to see you there!

Reno Cannabis Convention To Be Held April 7-8 At Whitney Peak Hotel

First Time Cannabis Convention In Reno

NEVADA:  Celebrating the arrival of adult use Cannabis in the state of Nevada, the first Reno Cannabis Convention will be held the weekend of April 7 at Reno’s Whitney Peak Hotel. Cole Markus, Owner of the convention, made the announcement this week.

Designed to appeal to all cannabis users, – Adult use, Medical and Enthusiasts –the show will operate on April 7 from 11-4:45 and April 8 from 11-4:30. The Reno Cannabis Convention is a unique industry trade show that encompasses the emerging local cannabis community in Reno, Nevada. The Convention, sold out for exhibitors but with event tickets still available, serves to foster industry expansion through advocacy and education.

Speakers include “CannaNurses” Juhlzie Monteiro, RN, BSK and Heather Manus, RN, who will speak on cannabis for children and Loral Langemeier “The Millionaire Maker” and Nevada native who is on a relentless mission to empower people to become millionaires.

Cannabis Nurses Network™ Presents  Cannabis Education for Nurses at UNLV-Las Vegas, NV

Cannabis Education for Nurses at UNLV-Las Vegas, NV

Ticket prices are $25 for a 1-day pass and $40 for a 2-day pass. Sponsored booths will also be available to the public during convention hours. The Reno Cannabis Convention is strictly a non-consumption event.

Cannabis Nurses Network Conference 2017 Is Oct 5-7 At UNLV Las Vegas

NEVADA:  Cannabis Nurses Network is producing the first ever 5.33 CEU Nursing accredited program October 5th – 7th, 2017, at UNLV-Las Vegas, Nevada (Greenspun Hall and Foundations Bldg) 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154.

The 2-day series is being produced in partnership with UNLV Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and Las Vegas NORML, and is expected to reach more than two hundred national and local nurses, students, healthcare professionals, and individuals from around the globe.

Lectures and panel discussions will integrate accredited curriculum of cannabis education, on the Endocannabinoid System (eCS) and the science behind the plant, including hands-on workshops and Interactive Sportsbook panels.

The Interactive Sportsbook Panel highlights the celebrity sports guests, discussing their personal experiences with cannabis, and what they are doing to create positive change in the health of future athletes. They will also weigh in on cannabis therapy vs. opioids, that are routinely “recommended” by their team physicians. Special guest speakers include: Prior NFL Players, Marvin Washington (NY Jets/Broncos/49ers), Eddie “Boo” Williams (Saints), Frank Hawkins (Raiders), and Steve Cantwell (WEC/UFC). This session will included autographs and photos/selfies with these amazing trailblazers.

The education continues at the Cannabis Nurses Magazine 2-Year Anniversary Party & Leaders of Nursing Awards Ceremony, which will be held at the beautiful, Las Vegas City Hall Lobby, Friday, Oct.6th, 2017 7PM-10PM at 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101.

National Cannabis Nurses, Sports Professionals, and Patients will be awarded for their efforts and will receive the ‘Leaders of Nursing Award’ from Cannabis Nurses Magazine for their dedication and commitment in providing education and awareness. Registration required. This is an Educational Only, Non-Consumption Event. While the demographics of those seeking “legalized cannabis in Las Vegas,” will be confused by the nature of this statement, the goal of CNNC2017 is to elevate the conversation at the local level, while assuring complete transparency. The CNN executive team met with numerous city, state and county officials, including LVMPD, the heads of the Marijuana Enforcement Divisions of each and every department at all levels, in order to be in compete compliance with NRS453 and local municipalities who support their efforts.

The Wink In Weed: Marijuana Goes Prime Time

By David Rheins

WASHINGTON: This is the year that marijuana goes mainstream.  Mass media is learning to love marijuana in a big way.  You can’t attend a cannabis event in Seattle, or Denver, or Portland these days without bumping into a documentary film crew or budding filmmaker shopping a cannabis concept.

CableTV has been crazy about cannabis since Showtime debuted its seminal stoner series Weeds in 2005, earning the channel’s highest ratings. Similar successes followed for weed-themed “documentaries” from CNBC, VICE, and CNN.  And then Sanjay Gupta opened the flood gates when he reversed his longtime opposition to medical marijuana and called for its immediate rescheduling. That pronouncement by the face of corporate medicine — CNN’s chief medical correspondent was once President Obama’s pick for Surgeon General — had a massive impact on national consciousness.

Today, it is common to see national magazines talking about cannabis.  And not just Rolling Stone, but old school journals like Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic have devoted entire issues to our beloved plant.  This is the golden age of marijuana, and cannabis types are polishing their acts and going Hollywood. High Times editor Rick Cusick recently joined up with Whoopi Goldberg in a commercial effort to create a pot-infused PMS products.  Top professional athletes like former NBA All-Star “Uncle Spliffy” Cliff Robinson are joining longtime stoner celebrities Tommy Chong and Willie Nelson in creating their own line of legal cannabis products.

Uncle Spliffy Cliff Robinson at MJBA Portland

Uncle Spliffy Cliff Robinson at MJBA Portland

At the April meetup of the Marijuana Business Association in Portland last week, Cliff Robinson told the assembled group of professionals that he had received a huge amount of interest from both media and investors alike since his keynote speech at the Cannabis Collaborative Conference in February.  The topic of sports cannabis and the power of sports celebrities will move the marijuana discussion even further into mainstream consciousness. Designer marijuana for athletes is attracting media attention from Spain, Germany, Italy and from around the globe, Uncle Spliffy’s Marc Belsher told MJNN. “Sports Cannabis is an international phenomenon,” he said.

Team Uncle Spliffy at MJBA Portland

Team Uncle Spliffy

Following Team Uncle Spliffy on stage in Portland was Kerri Accardi, a New York filmmaker whose AK Ventures is making history with a prime time television series, “Hmm Did You Know.”  Designed to educate mass America on the healing benefits of medical marijuana, “Medical Cannabis: The Healing Power Of Knowledge” will be a half-hour news magazine series featuring prominent voices from the cannabis industry, including Nurse Heather Manus, activist/entrepreneur John Davis and Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, along with product placement and sponsorship messages. Initial markets will include Seattle, San Francisco, Miami and Denver, with new markets expected to be released shortly.

“We created the series to inform and educate mainstream TV viewers on cannabis, cannabis healing, and the emerging cannabis industry as a whole,” Accardi told MJNN. “We will featured various topics and interviews with patients and industry notables, topical discussions, politics, investigative journalism, health and sports medicine. We are creating herstory.”

AK Ventures Kerri Accardi takes medical cannabis prime time.

AK Ventures Kerri Accardi takes medical cannabis prime time.