Author: Laura

OCNA Position Statment

The OCNA is committed to advocacy for the highest quality medication for all patients, especially the large immunocompromised population. Over the next few months, during the time of the implementation of the Laboratory testing regulations as per the Unity Plan, the OCNA will keep a database of Growers, Processors or dispensaries who are conducting Full Scale testing including Heavy Metals, Pesticides, Fungus and Mold. In addition to this information, we will collect information on which other dispensaries will be carrying fully tested product. This information will be posted on our website to assist patients to locate the highest quality medicine [...]

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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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