Episode #37 Recommending Medical Cannabis with Rebecca Abraham, RN, BSN

Body of Wonder Podcast Cannabis has been used as a medicinal substance for more than 5,000 years.
 
And, for good reason. Cannabinoids, the active compounds found inside cannabis, offer potential solutions and symptom relief for a wide range of ailments including chronic pain, neuropathy, muscle spasms, and anxiety.
 
Until the 19th century, cannabis was part of the United States Pharmacopoeia and widely used by doctors. But, in 1942 the U.S prohibited the substance and all forms of use.  
 
Today, cannabis is still a Schedule 1 Substance, which is defined as a drug having a high potential for abuse and no accepted medicinal use. And yet, acceptance and attitudes toward cannabis are rapidly evolving. 
 
In the U.S., 37 states have approved medical cannabis and more than 3.2 million people report using the substance for wide range of conditions.
 
As acceptance of cannabis grows and demand increases, more health care providers are seeking guidance on prescribing methods.
 
Our guest today is Rebecca Abraham, a critical care nurse, medical cannabis expert, and founder of Acute on Chronic – a medical cannabis clinic working to help patients navigate the safe and effective use of cannabis for hard-to-treat medical conditions.
 
In this episode, Rebecca discusses how nurses are leading the charge in prescribing medical cannabis.
 
She describes how nurses assess patients for cannabis use. Dr. Victoria Maizes and Dr. Andrew Weil ask important questions about dosing recommendations and ingestion methods for safe and effective treatment, and the challenges cannabis faces within our healthcare system. Rebecca describes common conditions and symptoms that respond well to cannabis and also shares common drug interactions to look out for.
 

Please note, the show will not advise, diagnose, or treat medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your physician or healthcare provider for questions regarding your health.

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Hosts

Andrew Weil, MD and Victoria Maizes, MD

Guest

Rebecca Abraham

Rebecca Abraham, RN, BSN is the President and Founder of Acute on Chronic. Acute on Chronic was the first cannabis nurse clinic in the midwest. Rebecca has trained and worked at some of the best academic medical centers in the country and was board certified in Critical Care Nursing. She holds a certificate in Cannabis Nursing through the American Association of Cannabis Nurses. Rebecca is currently attending Northern Illinois University and enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. Rebecca was awarded a continuing education scholarship from National Nurses United to Rutgers University's Women's Global Health Leadership Certificate program. In 2015, she was awarded the Illinois Nurses Association "40 under 40 Leaders in Nursing" Award and was a scholarship winner for the 2012 Nurse in Washington Lobbyist Internship.

Rebecca remains an active member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, National Nurses United (NNU), Patient Advocacy Alliance, and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She has testified and lobbied for healthcare, patient safety, nursing, and cannabis policies on the municipal, state, and federal levels.

She currently is a national speaker in the healthcare and cannabis community. She also proudly educates physicians, nurses, patients, and the cannabis industry on cannabis science, safety, potential therapeutic uses, and the growing area of cannabis nursing

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