Month: October 2018

What are Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System?

Cannabis (Marijuana) has been documented as medication since at least 2900 BC.  In the 1960’s, Raphael Mechoulam and his team discovered THC and CBD.  In the Early 1990s, Mechoulam et. Al discovered the Endocannabinoid System. Cannabinoids are 110+ and growing number of various chemical-like substances that constitute the Cannabis plant.  The most notable cannabinoids are THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC and THCV; with THC and CBD being the most studied. These cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid System’s receptors. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is in the human body and is a widespread system that includes receptors, binding agents to make synapses (connectors) between [...]

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A Letter From A Cannabis Nurse

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought the two words “cannabis” and “nurse” would be used together, but today I am proud to say I am a “Cannabis Nurse”. I first became aware of the health benefits of the cannabis plant 20 years ago while working as a registered nurse in the fields of medical-surgical nursing, oncology research and patient care and hospice/palliative care. I heard so many patients talking about how marijuana was relieving their nausea, anxiety, insomnia and pain while also giving them an appetite when they had none. Because it was so effective for treating [...]

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