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What is a cannabis nurse?

The American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) defines a cannabis nurse as a licensed nurse who has a comprehensive understanding of cannabis and its effects on the human body. A cannabis nurse "aims not only to support and educate patients but also to work toward supporting wellness and healing through a caring presence, which supports the patient's needs." 

Is cannabis legal?

The legality of this healing plant varies, and the landscape is quickly evolving! Many places now permit medicinal use, while some allow recreational use too. Check your local laws, and I'm here to help navigate regulations so you can make choices aligned with your values.

Is cannabis safe for people over sixty?

Yes, medical cannabis is generally safe for many people, both older and younger than sixty. However, like all medications, it’s important to understand the benefits and risks of taking cannabis when you have certain health conditions. Just like younger people, many older adults find using cannabis may help relieve discomfort, sleep difficulties, and anxiety. Contact me to learn more about why cannabis may be a good to use as a supplement as we get older. 

What are the medical benefits of cannabis?

Preliminary research indicates cannabis may benefit certain conditions like chronic pain, chemotherapy side effects, MS symptoms, and more! However, human research is in early phases, so I'll share proven results as they emerge, while helping you evaluate your treatment options. My mission is to co-create a holistic plan tailored to your unique health goals.

What is medical cannabis and how does it differ from recreational cannabis?

We use the term medical cannabis when talking about using compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant to help manage symptoms of a number of conditions. Medical cannabis often combines a variety of active plant compounds (cannabinoids) to help reach a specific health goal. Recreational cannabis products tend to have higher amounts of THC, the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant, which leads to a feeling of being “high.” Still uncertain about the difference, contact me!

Are there any health risks associated with cannabis use?

Like any substance, there are potential risks worth mentioning. Smoking carries hazards, so we'll explore alternate delivery methods. Overuse could impact cognition, mental health, and driving ability, so I'll support you in using mindful, moderate doses that serve you. My purpose is to help you maximize benefits and minimize risks on your wellness journey. We can go through each of the health risks while on this wellness journey.

How is cannabis consumed?

There are so many options these days! Smoking and vaping provide rapid effects, while edibles, oils and topical solutions offer longer-lasting relief. I'm dedicated to co-creating a personalized protocol aligned with your lifestyle and health goals. Together, we'll discover what works best for your unique needs.

Does cannabis help with managing stress and anxiety?

CBD and small amounts of THC have been shown to reduce signs of anxiety and stress. It can promote a sense of calm, improve relaxation, and help you sleep better. Studies have shown that CBD may be helpful for social anxiety. 

Some people find that larger doses of THC may increase anxiety, so it’s best to use it cautiously and stick to smaller doses. Contact me to learn more about managing stress and anxiety. 

Does cannabis help with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease?

Anecdotal evidence suggests that using a small amount of medicinal cannabis can have a calming effect on individuals with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. One study has shown “positive clinical improvements” in people who suffer from dementia and other related issues. Another study from 2022 suggests that there is preclinical evidence that certain chemicals in cannabis — including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids — have neuroprotective properties that could directly protect against amyloid β a protein that forms plaque in the brain. More research is needed to confirm these findings. Let's chat to discuss the protective properties of cannabis. 

Does cannabis have a potential for addiction?

Like any substance that affects the brain's reward system, there is a risk of developing a dependency. This is elevated for those who start young or use heavily. I'm committed to helping you cultivate a conscious, empowered relationship with cannabis that optimizes well-being. With mindfulness and moderation, we can tap into its gifts wisely.

What are the effects of long-term cannabis use?

Excellent question. The long-term impact is still being researched, with evidence of effects on memory, cognition, mental health and lung function for heavy users. I'll provide up-to-date information to support your decision-making. My goal is to help you thoughtfully incorporate cannabis into a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

How is the potency of cannabis measured?

Potency refers to the concentration of THC and other active compounds. It's measured by laboratory testing and reported as a percentage of the product's total dry weight. Higher percentages indicate more potent effects. I'll help you find balanced options tailored to your wellness goals and sensitivity.

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What's the difference between hemp and cannabis?

Hemp and cannabis come from the same species of plant, but hemp is specifically cultivated to have very low THC levels, while cannabis is grown for higher THC. Medicinal cannabinoids can be found in both species. Medicinal hemp can also be used for food and as a healthy oil alternative. Industrial hemp is used more for fiber and other applications.

Is it safe to use cannabis during pregnancy?

Given the potential risks to fetal development, it's recommended to avoid cannabis during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. We'll work together to ensure you feel empowered, informed, and supported throughout your pregnancy journey. There are many natural, non-cannabis options we can explore for your symptoms.

How long does cannabis stay in the system?

Great question! Detection windows vary based on the individual. For infrequent consumers, cannabis can be detected up to a week after use. For chronic heavy consumers, it can be detected for a month or longer as it accumulates in fat cells. I'll offer guidance to help you make informed choices that align with your lifestyle needs.

How does cannabis affect driving?

Safety first! Cannabis can impair coordination and judgment, so never drive or operate machinery under the influence. I'll provide education on how long cannabis remains in your system and offer guidance on taking a temporary break when needed for clarity. Your well-being is my top priority.

What's the difference between THC and CBD?

Great question! As your guide, I'm devoted to simplifying cannabis education so it's easier to understand. THC is the main compound that contributes to the euphoric "high" feeling, while CBD is non-intoxicating. CBD has shown promise in easing anxiety, chronic pain, and more. However, human research is still emerging, so I'll equip you with the latest evidence-based insights. My goal is to empower you as the expert on your own body.

What are the effects of long-term cannabis use?

Excellent question. The long-term impact is still being researched, with evidence of effects on memory, cognition, mental health and lung function for heavy users. As your coach, I'll provide up-to-date information to support your decision-making.

Can animals consume cannabis?

Yes, but like in humans, the use of cannabis in animals needs to be carefully considered. While pet products exist, cannabis dosing can be tricky for animals who have different physiology. I strongly advise speaking with your veterinarian before giving any cannabis to animal companions - their well-being is paramount.

What is a cannabis strain?

Strains refer to distinct cannabis varieties bred to feature specific characteristics and effects. Indica strains are relaxing, sativa strains are energizing, and hybrids offer a blend. Each has a unique aroma, flavor, and experience. As your guide, we'll discover your ideal strains to meet targeted wellness goals.​

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What are sativa, indica, and hybrid cannabis strains?

The sativa strain delivers invigorating, uplifting effects; indica provides deep relaxation; and hybrid strains offer a fusion of both sativa and indica qualities. I'll help you mindfully experiment with different options to learn what brings you into alignment. With so much diversity, we can truly craft a personalized protocol.

Can cannabis interact with other medications?

Yes, cannabis can interact with other substances by altering how they are metabolized by the liver. I will work closely with you to make sure you are not at risk for an interaction. Together, we can create a plan to keep your healthcare providers informed to prevent potential future interactions.

How long does cannabis' "high" last?

The cannabis experience typically lasts 2 to 6 energizing or relaxing hours, depending on the dose, method, individual body chemistry, and so much more. As your guide, we’ll collaborate to find the optimal protocol and practices that support your lifestyle and well-being. I’m here for you every step of the way.​

What are cannabis concentrates?

Concentrates are extracts that isolate and concentrate specific cannabinoids like THC and CBD, allowing you to customize experiences and target desired effects. Options include oils, waxes, shatters, and more. I'll help you navigate the wide variety of concentrate products responsibly and consciously.​

What is “dabbing” cannabis concentrates?

Dabbing refers to inhaling vapors from heated cannabis concentrates, typically placed on a hot surface and inhaled through a specialized water pipe called a dab rig. Dabs are rarely used for medicinal purposes. This method provides immediate effects, so it's essential to begin with small doses. I’m here to support you in using concentrates mindfully.​ 

What are cannabis tinctures?

Tinctures are liquid concentrates that can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or infused into food and drinks. This versatile method provides longer-lasting relief. As your guide, I’ll help you integrate tinctures into your routine in a way that optimizes your health goals and lifestyle. Let’s discover your ideal delivery methods together!​

What are cannabis topicals?

Topical solutions are infused skincare products like lotions, salves and balms that provide localized relief when applied to the skin, muscles and joints without any intoxicating effects. I’m happy to help you incorporate topical solutions into your self-care ritual for holistic healing.

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What are terpenes in cannabis?

Terpenes are aromatic compounds that shape the scents, flavors, colors and effects of different cannabis varieties. For example, limonene lends a citrusy aroma, pinene a pine scent, and myrcene mellow, sedative effects. As your guide, we’ll use this wisdom to choose targeted remedies.

How is the quality of cannabis determined?

Multiple facets indicate quality, like meticulous growing methods, lab testing for safety and potency, optimal curing time, appearance, aroma and effects. As your coach, I’ll teach you to identify conscientiously cultivated products that align with your values and wellness goals. You deserve high-quality botanicals!

Can cannabis use disorder develop?

As with any substance affecting the brain’s reward system, there is potential for developing a dependency. This risk increases with early age use and chronic heavy consumption. I’m here to support your self-awareness and mindfulness around use. Together, we can craft an empowered relationship with cannabis that serves your overall well-being.

Can cannabis harm lung health if smoked?

Combustion releases toxins, so smoking may irritate the lungs. Safer options like vaporizing flowers or using edibles and tinctures are available. However, more research on cannabis’ long-term respiratory effects is needed. As your coach, I’ll provide the latest evidence-based insights so you can make informed choices that honor your health.

What are the ancestral origins of cannabis?

Excellent question! Cannabis likely originated in Central Asia over 12,000 years ago and spread along early human trade routes. This adapting plant traveled with our ancestors, co-evolving to meet our needs. I honor how cannabis’ history is intertwined with humanity’s shared history across cultures. Its gifts are universal.

How does cannabis work within the human body?

We have an intricate endocannabinoid system with receptors throughout the body that interact with cannabis compounds, facilitating their many effects and benefits. I’m dedicated to demystifying how this plant communicates on a cellular level to bring us into alignment. What an incredible synergy!

Does cannabis need to be decarboxylated (heated) to have an effect?

No! Raw cannabis or cannabinoids like CBGA, CBDA and THCA have different healing properties. Some people enjoy adding raw cannabis to salads or smoothies. Other people like to make teas. Understanding the science and traditional techniques empowers us to harness this plant’s potential.

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How is live resin cannabis concentrate made?

By flash-freezing freshly harvested cannabis and then extracting its aromatic terpenes and cannabinoids, we can savor this “live” full-spectrum product that captures the plant's essence. As your coach, I'll demystify innovative extraction methods and guide your exploration of concentrates.

What does bioavailability mean for cannabis?

Bioavailability refers to the rate and amount of cannabis compounds absorbed by the body's systems through varying consumption methods. For instance, inhalation has higher bioavailability than edibles. As your coach, I’ll help you choose effective delivery methods tailored to your goals.

How does cannabis interact with the dreaming and sleep cycles?

Fascinatingly, cannabis suppresses REM sleep yet may enhance restfulness in certain stages of sleep. Some report more vivid dreams after stopping heavy use. As your guide, I’ll provide the latest insights on optimizing sleep and dream states with cannabis.

What is sublingual consumption of cannabis oils?

The mucous membranes under the tongue allow for rapid absorption of compounds when cannabis oils are held briefly before swallowing. As your coach, I’m happy to explain these types of minimally processed, whole-plant consumption methods focused on wellness.

How does cannabis affect focus, creativity and flow states?

In proper doses, cannabis may enhance present moment awareness, inspiration and immersion into activities like music, art, yoga or nature. However, overconsumption can become distracting. I'll collaboratively help you discover your optimal flow state.

How does cannabis affect inflammation and pain pathways?

Compelling research indicates specialized cannabis compounds can modulate our endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation and provide analgesic effects. However, human trials are limited. I'll share proven results that inform our decisions.

How might cannabis help manage diabetes symptoms and complications?

As a diabetes educator, I love this topic! New research indicates cannabis may help regulate insulin production and blood sugar levels. I'm following this subject closely. Cannabis may provide relief from neuropathic pain and nerve damage related to diabetes. I'm eager to help you explore holistic methods that may improve your quality of life. Together, let's discover how this ancient plant could support your wellness.

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What precautions should people with diabetes take when using cannabis?

Great question. We'll collaborate closely to monitor how different strains and doses affect your blood sugar, staying alert to risks of hypo or hyperglycemia. I'm committed to co-creating a personalized protocol that optimizes your health safely. This journey is about learning and empowerment.

How could cannabis use potentially impact Hemoglobin A1c levels?

Some emerging research suggests measured cannabis use may lower A1c levels in those with diabetes, indicating better average blood sugar control. However, the results aren't conclusive yet. As your guide, I'm eager to track your A1c progress as we incorporate cannabis mindfully. My purpose is to support evidence-based natural therapies while optimizing your healthcare provider's treatment plan.

What medications and supplements may interact with cannabis?

Some interactions to watch for include blood thinners, antidepressants, statins, insulin and blood sugar-lowering supplements. Cannabis should never be combined with some prescription medications such as immune-modulating drugs. If you are on these types of medications, cannabis may not be a good choice for you. My goal is to equip you with information to use cannabis and traditional medications safely. Open communication with your healthcare team allows us to optimize your regimen.

Could micro-dosing cannabis be an effective approach?

Potentially! Small doses may provide therapeutic benefits while minimizing psychoactive effects. We'll experiment with small amounts of tinctures, edibles or inhalants to determine your optimal micro-dose. I'm here to help you tune into your body's signals and find the sweet spot that serves you best. This is your journey.

How does cannabis affect circulation and could it aid wound healing?

Cannabis compounds show promise in reducing inflammation, relaxing blood vessels, and decreasing constrictive vascular pressure. This may boost circulation and oxygenation critical for healing diabetic wounds and ulcers. As your guide, I'm eager to explore topicals and targeted delivery methods that care for your whole being.

Could cannabis improve my experience with diabetic neuropathy?

Quite possibly! Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties may alleviate the nerve pain, burning, tingling and numbness of neuropathy. We'll carefully experiment to find the right strains, doses and delivery methods to meet your needs safely. My purpose is to support your comfort and quality of life. Relief is possible!

What considerations should someone with diabetes have when using cannabis?

Self-awareness and moderation is key. We'll choose minimal doses to start and closely monitor blood sugar levels, medication interactions, lung health if inhaling, and any changes to your A1c with your doctor. As your partner in wellness, I’m dedicated to helping you integrate cannabis into your regimen consciously.

How can cannabis support my holistic well-being with diabetes?
What a powerful question! In addition to symptom relief, cannabis may reduce the stress, anxiety and depression often accompanying chronic conditions. It also shows promise in decreasing insulin resistance related to obesity. My role is to nurture your whole health - mind, body and spirit. Let's explore this together and find a solution that suits your needs.

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How might cannabis improve heart health and help prevent heart disease?

Emerging research indicates cannabis may benefit heart health in numerous ways. Cannabinoids show potential to reduce blood pressure, arterial inflammation, cholesterol levels, and the risk of blood clots or arrhythmias. As your guide, I’m eager to explore cannabis’ cardioprotective properties and make empowered choices together.

What heart health conditions could medical cannabis potentially help treat?

Great question. Studies suggest cannabis may help manage conditions like angina, atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy, and post-heart attack recovery by decreasing stress, anxiety, pain and inflammation. Other suggestions suggest that THC should not be used with arrhythmias.  There is still much to learn, and I’m here to provide evidence-based guidance as we walk this path.

How does cannabis interact with blood pressure and hypertension medications?

Cannabis can temporarily elevate blood pressure but also shows the potential to decrease hypertension long-term. It’s essential we collaborate closely with your doctor to monitor interactions with any BP medications you’re taking. By working as a team, we can ensure cannabis complements your care safely.

Could cannabis be beneficial for stroke recovery and prevention?

There is research indicating cannabinoids may help guard against risk factors for stroke while aiding post-stroke rehabilitation through improved neuroplasticity and neuroprotection. As your partner in wellness, I’m devoted to exploring complementary therapies that support your recovery and future health. But always consult with your doctor before to be educated on all risks.

What heart health risks are associated with smoking cannabis?

Great insight. While other delivery methods are safer, inhaled smoke can exacerbate pre-existing heart conditions. However, compounds in cannabis smoke may still offer some antioxidant benefits. My role is to help you make educated choices about consumption that align with your goals.

In what ways could cannabis enhance my diet and exercise for heart health?

Interesting question! Cannabis shows promise for improving exercise enjoyment and motivation while stimulating appetite for healthier food choices. In moderation, it may support increased physical activity and nutritious eating that protects your heart. Let’s learn your ideal strain and dosage.

Can cannabis improve my stress management and mental health?

Absolutely - mental and emotional health impact heart health. Thoughtfully-used cannabis can reduce anxiety, depression, and everyday stressors.

What considerations should I have when using cannabis with a pacemaker or defibrillator?

An excellent question - we’ll need to consult your cardiologist about any potential device interactions. Your safety is paramount, so we’ll proceed with utmost caution.

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What factors influence appropriate cannabis dosing?

Many variables shape your ideal cannabis dose - body chemistry, prior experience, delivery method and more. As your guide, we’ll tune into how different doses affect you, and carefully titrate until you find the sweet spot that serves your wellness goals. This is a journey of self-discovery!

How do I determine the optimal dose when first starting with cannabis?

Wonderful question! When just beginning, start low and go slow. Try a small puff, tiny bite of an edible, or few drops of a tincture, then gradually increase the amount over subsequent sessions based on your comfort level. A micro-dose is the perfect initial approach.

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