health care providers cannabis

Dear healthcare providers

April 29, 2019

I work in and around healthcare and have a science background.  We were taught about the negative effects of cannabis and there was nothing positive to be said whatsoever about it.  I was there.  I know what we were taught. It seems the tide has changed. 

If you're in healthcare I encourage you to do you research now.  Research is constantly being published and the treatments involving cannabis are evolving rapidly.  While the US has been behind in Cannabis research, other countries like Israel have been on the leading edge of Cannabis research and have amazing information on the topic.  Please read up on the benefits people are receiving when taking products derived from cannabis.  You probably have been asked or will be asked these questions very soon.  The research is there and may people are having great results with cannabinoids.

Whether you support cannabis or not, change is happening and it's going to affect our day to day care of patients.  As a health care provider, do you know how Cannabidiol, Tetrahydrocannabidiol, or the other cannabinoids are metabolized?  What are the drug interactions?  Are you following the labs and liver functions?  What about your patients on Coumadin or other anticoagulants and anti platelets? How are the various antidepressants affected? 

I don't purport to know everything about cannabis but I'm definitely and striving to learn as much as I can because I know the future involves cannabis.  If you're reading this far I know the wheels are surely are turning.   I encourage you no matter where you stand on the subject to be knowledgeable regarding cannabis as it'll effect the quality of care that you provide and ensure you're providing the best care to patients utilizing cannabinoids.




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