Compass with green arrow pointing to word “Trend,” indicating CBD trends in 2022.

Curious about CBD consumer trends in 2022?

Recent industry report shows need for consumer education on CBD, hemp and more

 

Medically reviewed by Katherine Golden, RN, and Eloise Theisen, NP
Written by Denise Rustning

Cannabis analytics firm BDSA released new Consumer Insights data on CBD consumption trends in February 2022. While the data are geared toward a business audience, we thought our Leaf411 followers might appreciate a quick look at some highlights, along with Leaf411’s unique insights on current trends based on the patients and consumers we serve on our guidance line.

Consumers lack education on using CBD

One of BDSA’s top findings was just how little CBD consumers know about the products they’re using. According to the BDSA Consumer Insights report, about 40% of CBD consumers rely on friends and family as their main source of information on CBD. Yet 30% of these consumers haven’t heard of terpenes, and 10% haven’t heard the term “cannabinoids.” Cannabinoids, including CBD, CBG, CBN and others, are core to hemp and marijuana’s beneficial effects, while terpenes play a vital role in the plant’s entourage effect. A basic understanding of these plant compounds can go a long way when it comes to finding the best product for your needs.

The BDSA report doesn’t surprise us at Leaf411. Our own data show that about 40% of our calls are focused on Plant 101. We sometimes even hear inaccurate information from callers who “heard it from a friend.”

At Leaf411, we hope to be part of the solution. The BDSA report mentioned the need for brands and retailers to improve their educational outreach–we can help! If you’re a hemp CBD or cannabis brand looking to level up your consumer education game, reach out to us or consider joining Leaf411 as a business member which brings benefits for both your brand and your consumers. Click here to learn more.

Young Black woman looking at CBD product label in a retail supplement store.

Using CBD for health and wellness? You’re not alone!

According to BDSA’s report, CBD consumers cite health and wellness as their primary reason for purchasing CBD. When it comes to specific uses, pain relief tops the list, with better sleep, stress management and anxiety management rounding out BDSA’s top four list.

While our Leaf411 caller data cuts across both hemp CBD and cannabis, we can also say that pain tops our list of conditions that callers contact us about, followed by mental health issues including anxiety and stress, and sleep issues. While the order is a bit different from BDSA’s findings, the conclusion is clear–many people are seeking alternatives for relief when it comes to these issues!

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Smoke it? Not when it comes to CBD for most users

BDSA’s Consumer Insights report found that the majority of CBD consumers (around 75%) are using CBD edibles, with CBD topicals coming in second place. Only one-third of consumers report consuming CBD inhalable products including vapes, concentrates and flower.

There may be various reasons for the dominance of this CBD product format: 

  • CBD edibles offer a user-friendly format for new consumers who are familiar with other orally-ingested products like vitamin gummies.
  • CBD edibles are portable and discreet, providing benefits without noticeable smells or smoke.
  • The smokeless format may appeal to consumers’ concerns about respiratory health during the pandemic
  • CBD edibles are shelf-stable and fit with other retail products sold by health foods stores, grocery stores and other general goods stores.
  • CBD edibles are readily available when compared to hemp CBD flower and concentrates which can be difficult to find.

Whether you prefer edibles, topicals or inhalable products, we have fully-vetted business members who offer a wide range of hemp CBD products–visit our business member directory to learn more.

Our fully-licensed Leaf registered nurses (RNs) can also help guide you to the optimal product format for your needs, reducing the need for trial-and-error which saves you both money and time. Click this link to get started scheduling your call. 

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Assortment of CBD and THC products including Elixinol Omega Turmeric and CBD; KOR Calm CBD sublingual spray; 1906 Love milk chocolate edibles with 5mg THC and 5mg CBD; Wana Quick Pina Colada Gummies with 5mg THC; Altus Juicy Pear Gummies with 10mg THC; trupura Relief Cream with broad spectrum CBD; Seed & Smith Purple Punch strain flower; and a PAX Era Pro used for vaping cannabis oil extracts. 

Many people use both hemp CBD and cannabis

Nearly two-thirds (65%) of CBD consumers also consume cannabis containing higher amounts of THC, according to BDSA’s report. 

At Leaf411, a little over one-third (36%) of our callers report previous use of both cannabis and CBD hemp, a noticeable difference from BDSA’s Consumer Insights data. Keep in mind that the BDSA report is looking at a broad cross-section of consumers (purchases made), while Leaf411’s callers represent consumers (both thinking about a first-time purchase or have already made a purchase) seeking clinical information or guidance around specific issues.

Our Leaf nurses are here to help with your questions about CBD!

Click this link for our online scheduling service and find a day and time for your Leaf nurse guidance call. Every day our Leaf RNs help consumers and patients at all levels, from canna-curious people who’ve never used CBD or THC before, to experienced users looking for the best cannabis options to address specific health concerns. 

Interested in joining Leaf411 as a business member and supporting our mission to improve access to trustworthy information and guidance on plant-based medicine? Visit our Business Membership page to learn the benefits of supporting Leaf411

The Leaf411 cannabis nurse hotline provides education and directional support to the general public about the safe use of legal cannabis. We partner with select business members who meet our rigorous standards to extend our education and outreach efforts.

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Man lying awake in bed at night, unable to sleep and wondering if CBN can help.

Can CBN Improve Sleep Quality?

National Sleep Awareness Week is March 13-19, 2020, but let’s be real–we all could benefit from better sleep quality year-round. Learn how cannabinoids like CBN, CBD and THC may help.

 

Medically reviewed by Katherine Golden, RN, and Eloise Theisen, NP
Written by Denise Rustning

As sleep research advances, so does the understanding of how various cannabinoids, including CBN, CBD and THC may support improved rest. Below, we’re sharing a quick primer on sleep before taking a look at CBN, a cannabinoid that’s being widely talked about as beneficial for sleep.

Understanding sleep cycles is important

Sleep should be simple, right? Lay down, close your eyes and naturally drift into restful, rejuvenating sleep. 

Unfortunately, sleep is a battle for many of us, from tossing and turning to experiencing physical discomfort as we settle down for the night. And once asleep, some people struggle to stay asleep long enough to get the benefits of a good night’s rest.

A basic understanding of major sleep cycles can help when it comes to choosing the best hemp or cannabis products for your needs. 

  • Non-REM sleep takes up the first three phases of sleep, from when you drift into a light sleep then move into deeper rest. 
  • REM sleep follows non-REM sleep. Most dreaming occurs at this stage of sleep. But REM sleep’s importance goes well beyond good dreams. REM sleep is connected to overall brain health and is believed to boost the immune system. Interestingly, older individuals spend less time in REM sleep.

From the treatment side of things, clinicians often start by identifying where a patient is encountering difficulty–either in falling asleep or staying asleep for the desired length of time. That information can provide valuable clues into the hemp or cannabis product format that may work best, as well as the specific cannabinoids to focus on.

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CBN and the frontiers of sleep research

Cannabinol (CBN) is created from THC, with that THC is exposed to UV light and oxygen, leading to decomposition that transforms the THC into CBN. As cannabis flower ages, its THC will slowly and naturally convert to CBN. Cannabis extractors have also created processes for speeding up the conversion of THC into CBN oil.

Now that we’ve discussed how CBN is made, let’s turn to the question of CBN and sleep. Many manufacturers are creating new products that feature CBN, and consumers are eager to try new options that may help support restfulness. 

The CBN cannabinoid molecular structure illustration next to a hemp leaf.

But does CBN live up to the hype?

At Leaf411, we believe the anecdotal research supports many manufacturers’ claims about CBN. (Anecdotal evidence is a factual claim relying only on personal observation, collected in a casual or non-systematic manner.) 

For example, one of our members, Myriam’s Hope Hemp, shared anecdotal data with us (based on their customer feedback, not a formal study)  that their customers found higher doses of CBN (between 15-40mg) to be helpful for falling and staying asleep.

As research continues, we look forward to learning more about CBN’s potential for other ailments as well as sleep.

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Tips for finding the right CBN, CBD, or other cannabis product for falling asleep and staying asleep

Falling asleep is one challenge. Staying asleep is another. 

  • Difficulty falling asleep? Consider a fast-acting product like a nano-enhanced tincture or gummy. You’ll want to use the product about 30 minutes before you want to fall asleep. Examples of fast-acting products from our members include Wana Optimals Fast Asleep Gummies with THC, CBD, CBN, CBG and melatonin, Impact Naturals Rest capsules with CBD, CBN and melatonin, KOR Medical’s KOR Sleep sublingual spray with CBD, CBN, GABA, 5-HTP, melatonin and valerian root extract, and KOR Sleep sublingual strips with CBD, CBN, tryptophan, L-theanine and melatonin.
  • Difficulty staying asleep? Consider taking a longer-acting product like a conventional hemp tincture or gummy that is not labeled as fast-acting. Elixinol’s Sleep Good Night capsules containing CBD and melatonin are a great example of a hemp product that is longer lasting with a slower onset. While these products take longer for effects to kick in, those effects also last longer, keeping you  asleep for 5-6 hours. Take right at bedtime to help keep oneself asleep.
  • You may find it helpful to layer CBD or CBN with different natural over-the-counter sleep products. In fact, many products like those listed above already stack several different beneficial compounds, including CBN, CBD and other natural sleep-promoting ingredients. Be sure to go low and start slow, using a smaller dose than you normally would until you have a good sense of the effects. 
  • If you’re already taking prescription medications that make you drowsy as a side effect, or sleep medications like Lunesta (eszopiclone), Sonata (zaleplon), or Ambien (zolpidem), we strongly recommend you check in with your prescribing clinician before adding CBD or THC products to the mix, to avoid any unwanted effects.

Other cannabinoids that may help with sleep

CBN is only one of several cannabinoids that may help with sleep. Both CBD and THC as well as plant terpenes can also play an important role in your sleep routine. Check out our past blog on THC, CBD and sleep to learn more, as well as our blog on finding the best cannabis product to support sleep goals.

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Finding sleep-focused hemp and cannabis products you can trust

Our Leaf411 business members have all been through our vetting process, which includes ensuring their products are fully tested and reliable. We’ve included a list of our members below. Most of them offer products geared toward a good night’s rest, including some who offer products which contain CBN.

Keep in mind that effects may vary due to individual differences in people’s endocannabinoid systems as well. If you don’t get the result you’re seeking, please reach out to our Leaf nurses who are knowledgeable about how different cannabinoids may impact sleep onset and duration. You can schedule a low-cost guidance call at this link

Leaf411 hemp business members (available nationally)

Starred brands offer products containing measurable amounts of CBN. 

Remember, though, that hemp CBD by itself can be beneficial for sleep, and full-spectrum hemp products may contain trace amounts of CBN along with other beneficial cannabinoids. All of these brands have products that may help!

Aspen Green

Caasi

Calm Better Days*

Elixinol

Hemplily

Impact Naturals*

KOR Medical*

Mary’s Nutritionals

Myriam’s Hemp*

Ology

RESTART CBD*

Trupura CBD

Wana Wellness

 

Leaf411 cannabis manufacturer business members (available in select states that have legalized cannabis)

1906 (AZ, CO, IL, MA, OK)

Altus (CO, NV)

Escape Artists (CO) 

incredibles (CO, IL, MD, MA, NV, OH) 

Ripple (CO)

Mary’s Medicinals (CA, CO, FL, IL, MD, MI, OK, VT)

Quiq (CO)

Wana (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, MD, MA, MI, MO, NV, OH, OK, OR, and Canada)

Hands holding a hemp tincture with other sleep products in background.

Looking beyond cannabis for help with sleep

At Leaf411, we’re fond of saying that “cannabis and hemp are only part of your toolbox for wellness and health.”

You also have to look at the bigger picture to identify causes of poor sleep, along with areas that you can modify to promote a good night’s rest. These include:

  • Health issues such as sleep apnea
  • Medication side effects
  • Caffeine and alcohol use
  • Electronic device use at night
  • Shift work or overnight shifts
  • Lack of bedtime routines that signal to the body that it’s time to wind down

Professional woman using both laptop and smartphone at night, which may contribute to poor sleep.

Leaf411 can help with your questions about using hemp and cannabis

Our Leaf nurses can guide you to new approaches for improving restfulness and achieving your sleep goals, whether you’re brand new to hemp or cannabis or an experienced cannabis/hemp user who wants to shake up your routine. 

Get started by scheduling a low-cost guidance call with one of our Leaf nurses at this link. We understand cost may be a barrier for some, so we’ve collaborated with our business supporting members to offer a special code to offset the cost for those who need the help. Just click on any of our Vetted Members’ logos to go to their website and call their customer service number and their agents will provide a special Leaf411 code for you.

The Leaf411 cannabis nurse hotline provides education and directional support to the general public about the safe use of legal cannabis. We partner with select business members who meet our rigorous standards to extend our education and outreach efforts.

Man sitting by window, smiling while talking to a Leaf411 nurse on the phone about CBN and sleep.

Older white man holding stomach and grimacing due to nausea from cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS).

Are You at Risk for Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?

Get answers to questions about cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), a rare yet concerning issue

Medically reviewed by Katherine Golden, RN, and Eloise Theisen, NP
Written by Denise Rustning

Many people rely on cannabis to help with overall wellness and health, even using cannabis as an alternative to opioids which carry risk of addiction and other unwanted side effects. 

So with that in mind, what’s up with the scary-sounding condition called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) that has been popping up in the news over the past year, where cannabis appears to make people sick?

What is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS)?

CHS was officially recognized by medical professionals in 2004. It is a complex, poorly understood medical condition triggered by cannabis use that causes abdominal pain, extreme nausea and vomiting–basically the opposite of what you would expect when using cannabis! 

CHS’s primary symptom is extreme, persistent nausea and vomiting that cannot be traced to a different medical cause, hence the word “hyperemesis.” 

The progression of CHS includes three phases:

  • In the prodromal phase, the patient experiences early morning nausea but does not find relief in hot showers/bathing. 
  • During the hyperemesis stage, vomiting becomes cyclic and is relieved with hot showers and bathing, though the only long-term solution appears to be to completely stop all cannabis use.
  • Recovery starts when the patient stops using THC.

Young Black man experiencing CHS nausea, standing with one hand on stomach, other hand over mouth.

In general, CHS appears in a small number of people after long-term use of marijuana (weekly use over at least a one-year period). Some doctors have also reported seeing the condition in young people who are using a lot of high-THC concentrates, most often “dabbing” the product, even after short-term use. 

One other challenge of diagnosing CHS is that the symptoms are very similar to those of cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) which is characterized by episodes of severe vomiting that have no apparent cause. CVS is not connected to cannabis use but can present in a similar way. 

Because diagnosing CHS is often a process of elimination, ruling out other medical causes, the costs of diagnosis and care can run into tens of thousands of dollars.

Stack of sticky notes referring to how difficult CHS diagnosis is, with notes saying “Yes,” “No,” “Maybe,” “Don’t know,” and question marks.

Getting too high can make you nauseous – but it’s not CHS if it’s a one-time event

When it comes to cannabinoids like THC, the dose matters. Dr. Russo has discussed how many cannabinoids, including THC, have a biphastic effect. That means THC will do one thing at a low dose, and have the opposite effect at a higher dose. 

For example, THC at a low dose may help with relaxation, but at a higher dose it can cause anxiety. While a low dose of THC often helps reduce feelings of nausea, a higher dose may trigger short-term nausea that goes away as the THC wears off. This short-term nausea from getting too high is different from CHS which is a chronic, long-term condition.

Are you at risk of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?

You may be wondering if you’re at risk of developing CHS, especially if you use cannabis regularly as part of your daily wellness routine.

Thanks to the work of Dr. Ethan Russo and others, we do know some factors that appear to influence CHS:

  • There is some evidence that repeatedly using high-dose THC may trigger CHS in some consumers, including newer users. It appears that persistent THC use causes CB1 downregulation and the receptors start to hide within the cells leaving more THC circulating and therefore causing increased side effects. 
  • Researchers have also looked at whether plant pesticides play a role in triggering CHS, zeroing in on NEEM in particular. However, based on a few unique CHS cases where researchers knew pesticides were not present, this hypothesis doesn’t hold water.
  • Dr. Russo and others are looking more closely at genetic differences that may make some people more prone to develop CHS, focusing on specific genes. This promising research is in its early stages.

If you want to learn more, we suggest checking out Project CBD’s interview with Dr. Russo at this link.

Clipboard with “Risk Factor” written on it indicating CHS risk factors, shown beside stethoscope.

Our Leaf nurses can help with your questions about cannabis and CHS

Curious whether your current cannabis use puts you at risk of CHS? We can review your current usage and goals and provide information based on the latest research.

A pattern our Leaf nurses have seen when talking to callers across the country is that most callers know something is very wrong but they’re in denial about the severity of their condition and delayed asking for guidance due to the fear that they would be told they needed to abstain from cannabis use. So what is the solution? When it comes to CHS, we believe that wide-scale education regarding the warning signs may help consumers avoid crossing that threshold into CHS.

At Leaf411, we hear from people every day whose lives have been improved with plant-based medicine. Our fully-licensed, cannabis-trained registered nurses also regularly review the research on cannabis’s therapeutic potential. 

Our Leaf nurses are also honest about the fact that cannabis may not be the best option for everyone and that in some instances, it may even be contraindicated, which means that we would advise against using cannabis in those cases.

We are happy to help with your questions about CHS or any other questions about cannabis and hemp. We provide unbiased, nonjudgmental guidance tailored to your specific situation. 

Live in a state where marijuana is illegal? We can provide guidance on hemp-based options. 

Visit our homepage and click on the “Let’s Talk” button to get started scheduling your Leaf411 guidance call.

The Leaf411 cannabis nurse hotline provides education and directional support to the general public about the safe use of legal cannabis. We partner with select business members who meet our rigorous standards to extend our education and outreach efforts.

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Spiral notebook page with “FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions” written in blue marker, about Leaf411 cannabis nurse consultations.

Updated: Leaf411 Cannabis Nurse Guidance Call FAQs

Updated: Leaf411 Cannabis Nurse Guidance Call FAQs

How to schedule your call with a cannabis nurse, what to do if you need to change your appointment, service fees and discount codes available from our business members.

If you follow Leaf411’s social media or receive our newsletter, you’re likely aware of changes we’ve implemented to build long-term sustainability of our services. This includes shifting to a scheduled guidance call model that ensures predictability and efficiency for both callers and our nurses. We’re also charging a modest fee for guidance calls, with discount codes available through our member businesses. 

We know you may have questions about the fee-based scheduling process and updated our FAQs in response.

FAQs

1. Where do I go to set up an appointment?

From the Leaf411 homepage, click on the “Let’s Talk!” button, which will take you to the Leaf411 client portal hosted on the vcita scheduling app.

Leaf411 cannabis nurse hotline homepage screenshot with “Let’s Talk” button.

2. How do I schedule a guidance call? Should I choose the 30-minute or 15-minute option?

After you click on the “Let’s Talk” button on Leaf411’s homepage, you’ll be redirected to our scheduling page hosted on the vcita website. 

Leaf411 screenshot showing two different appointment options for a 30-minute guidance call or a 15-minute followup call.

Select the Leaf411 30-minute nurse guidance call if it is your first time contacting us through this online appointment service. Even if you’ve previously called the hotline, you will want to select the 30-minute option for your first scheduled appointment.

This 30-minute guidance call allows the nurse to cover one ailment or concern. For example, if you are seeking guidance on using cannabis for insomnia and also for migraines, those are two different issues that may require different products and approaches. Therefore, we would ask for you to schedule two separate appointments–one appointment to discuss cannabis and insomnia, and a different appointment to cover cannabis and migraine pain.

The 15 minute follow-up call is ideal for any remaining questions you have about your primary issue after the initial consultation. The shorter time takes into account the nurse already having your history with your previous 30 minute guidance call so it should allow enough time.

On the scheduling website, a calendar will pop up with available dates and times. Pick the time slot that works best for you and then complete your contact information and you’re good to go! The Leaf nurse will call you at the number you provide on the day and time you selected.

3. How much does a guidance call cost?

On January 17, 2022, we will begin charging a modest fee for our guidance calls. A 30-minute session will cost $25 and a 15-minute follow-up session will cost $25. Keep in mind that our guidance calls can help you  quickly find the right products for your needs, saving you significant money spent on trial and error.

Where do the fees go? Your payment helps us cover expenses, including paying our cannabis-trained RNs a fair market rate for their work. Leaf411 continues to operate as a nonprofit nurse-led organization supported by business memberships, grants and individual donations.

4. My availability has changed after scheduling a call. What should I do?

We ask that you provide at least 48 hours’ notice if you need to change or cancel your guidance call. You can cancel the appointment through the confirmation email you receive or by calling the Leaf411 office at 844-LEAF411 (844-532-3411).

5. Will I be charged if I don’t show up for my guidance call?

The short answer is yes, you will be charged via the card on file unless you cancel or reschedule at least 48 hours before your consultation. This is similar to how other clinical service providers work. We encourage you to download and read our 2-page Terms of Service at this link if you have any questions.

Why do we charge for no-shows? We do not overbook calls. To ensure that we talk to all callers in a timely manner, we cannot accommodate callers who connect late to appointments or extend the appointment past the originally scheduled time frame.

 

6. Do you offer financial assistance?

We know that for some people, our modest $25 fee could be a hardship. Fortunately, our business members are providing discount codes covering the cost of a guidance call. You will need to contact one of our members directly to get the code. See the screenshots below for examples of this information on our members’ websites:

Information on Leaf411 from CBD Garage’s Resources page. 

Information on how to get a discount code on HempLily’s home page.

These codes are entered onto the scheduling website instead of having to enter payment information. See below for a screenshot of the payment box from the scheduling page, with the red arrow pointing to the “Have a coupon” option. When you’re using a discount code from one of our members, you’ll want to click on “Have a coupon” then enter your code. After your code is entered, you’ll be able to finalize the appointment.

Screenshot showing where to click to enter your discount code.

7. Is my information safe with vcita?

You can trust that our new scheduling system provided by vcita will keep your information secure. The HIPAA-compliant site will allow you to pick a day and time when our nurses are available for a phone appointment, and even gives you an option to select your preferred nurse if more than one nurse is available at your preferred time. You’ll also have the ability to send and receive documents or messages to our team via the client portal, and will receive reminders about upcoming appointments.  

8. What if I have a quick question, can I still call the hotline instead of making an appointment?

We are moving all of our services to the online appointment system. Even a quick question often has additional concerns—for example, an inquiry about a particular product might be followed up by questions about how it will interact with other medications or supplements. 

If you are unsure about whether your question warrants an appointment or have other questions about scheduling, please call and leave a message at 844-LEAF411 (844-532-3411). A nurse will return your call within 24-48 business hours.

9. Does the nurse call me or do I call them at the appointed time? Is this a video call?

The Leaf nurse will call you at the number you provided at the date/time you selected when signing up for an appointment. The appointments are conducted only by phone, not by video at this time.

10. I wasn’t able to catch the nurse’s phone call/I was on another unexpected important call/didn’t hear my phone/etc. How many times will the nurse try to call me back during the 30-minute time slot? How can I call the nurse back? Will I get charged?

  • The Leaf411 nurse will call you at the number you provided when you set up your appointment. If there is no answer, the nurse will send an email immediately stating we attempted to call at the scheduled time. The nurse will then switch over to the hotline (844-532-3411) and wait for 5 minutes. During this 5-minute window, you can call the toll-free hotline at 844-532-3411 to proceed with your scheduled appointment.
  • Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before your appointment or you will be charged a $25 no-show fee. However, we realize that sometimes life happens. Emergencies or financial hardships are always taken into consideration,  so please contact Leaf411 if you need to cancel less than 48 hours before your scheduled appointment or if you had an emergency during your scheduled call.

11. What happens during the call?

Generally, you can expect the following steps during your call: 

  • Background information: We gather demographic data at the time of scheduling your appointment to ensure our services match caller needs. This information also helps us determine what cannabis and CBD hemp options exist based on laws in your home state. We may gather some of this information up-front or as part of the conversation, depending on the caller’s and nurse’s needs.
  • Triage: Our Leaf nurses ask a series of questions to understand your main healthcare need and goals for using hemp CBD or marijuana, including whether you’re completely new to the plant or an experienced user. We’ll also ask questions about your activities of daily living to make sure that our education is tailored to your day-to-day realities.
  • Reviewing your history of marijuana and hemp use: When considering marijuana or hemp CBD as a therapeutic tool, it’s important to factor in where you’re coming from. Are you an experienced current user, or was the last time you consumed over 20 years ago? Have your past experiences been positive or negative? It’s okay if you have hesitations or concerns based on past experiences! Our Leaf nurses are non-judgmental and provide balanced information based on your goals and preferences.
  • Offering education and guidance: Once we have a clear sense of your health needs and goals, we provide evidence-based education and guidance that empowers you and can save you time and money when it comes to finding the best cannabis options for pain, insomnia, or other needs. Our Leaf nurses also understand that most callers want relief without impairment so that they can go about their daily lives. Depending on your previous experience, we may start with Cannabis 101 education on your endocannabinoid system, followed by general guidance on product types and routes of administration. For example, our Leaf nurses may suggest starting with a ratio product that contains specific amounts of THC and CBD. Our Leaf nurses also take into account any physical limitations that you may have to recommend easy-to-use product formats, like gummies that can easily be divided into smaller doses.

12. What will not be provided during the nurse guidance call?

It’s important to understand what types of information we can and cannot provide based on our professional scope of practice. Our Leaf411 nurses work within their scope and standard of practice. Registered nurses (RNs) provide guidance and education; however, they do not practice medicine and are not legally allowed to give specific dosages to take at a specific time of day for a specific length of time.

If you have multiple health concerns that are beyond what our nursing guidance can provide, we will suggest a consultation with a cannabis-trained advanced practice nurse (Nurse Practitioner) or a cannabis-trained physician who can take you into their private practice as a patient. We have wonderful resources for trained cannabis clinicians listed under our Resources tab on our website.

Unfortunately consultations with private practice cannabis clinicians are not covered by insurance carriers yet, so please check pricing in advance and assume that it will be an out-of-pocket expense for you. 

13. What happens after my call?

Our Leaf nurses understand that as you begin trying different products and learn more about cannabis, additional questions may come up. We take notes as part of our nursing practice which will be uploaded to your online account following the call. That makes it easy for us if you have follow-up questions so that we can pull up those past notes and pick up right where we left off. You can also schedule your follow-up consultation with the same Leaf nurse you previously talked to.

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Schedule your Leaf411 cannabis guidance call today!

With our recent transition to a schedule-based system, our goal is to make trustworthy guidance on cannabis use more accessible and convenient for you. We look forward to hearing from you! Visit our homepage to get started scheduling your nurse guidance call, or call us at 844-532-3411 if you have questions about the new scheduling system.

The Leaf411 cannabis nurse hotline provides education and directional support to the general public about the safe use of legal cannabis. We partner with select business members who meet our rigorous standards to extend our education and outreach efforts.


RSO cannabis oil syringe and cannabis leaf.

Rethinking RSO for Cancer or Other Health Concerns

If you’ve been researching cannabis for health, you’ve likely come across the term “RSO” but may wonder what exactly this less-common cannabis product is, and whether you should try it

Medically reviewed by Katherine Golden, RN, and Eloise Theisen, NP

Written by Denise Rustning

RSO, also known as Rick Simpson Oil,  Phoenix Tears, full extract cannabis oil (FECO) or full spectrum oil (FSO) has gotten a lot of hype for its potential to treat cancer or other significant health issues. We sometimes get questions about RSO on the hotline, and our nurses are up-to-date on the research on RSO.

While RSO has its place in the world of cannabis therapeutics, it’s not a magic bullet and may not be the best option for your particular health concern. Today we’re going to provide some background information on RSO to help you assess whether it’s worth your time and money to seek out this potent cannabis extract.

What is RSO?

RSO is named after Rick Simpson, a Canadian medical marijuana activist who popularized the process for creating fully-extracted cannabis oil (FECO), using pure light aliphatic naphtha or 99% isopropyl alcohol as solvents to extract all of the plant’s cannabinoids, terpenes and other phytochemicals. At the time, Simpson used only high-THC strains, resulting in an extract with a high concentration of THC when compared to other cannabis products. 

In other words, RSO is a product type, just like edibles or flower–it is not a brand or a specific strain. 

When Rick Simpson first started making RSO, he also created treatment protocols for using RSO topically or orally. However, it’s important to note that Simpson was not a doctor and he was basing his protocol on the known science at the time in the early 2000s. 

A lot has changed since then, and our Leaf nurses are up to date on the latest research around RSO. We encourage you to book a consultation with us before adding this high-potency product to your wellness regimen.

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What RSO looks like

When you see an RSO product, the first thing that will stand out is its appearance which can be as a thick dark greenish-brown oil to a product that looks like honey, often packaged in syringes or capsules. Don’t get confused by the syringe! The syringe allows the thick liquid to push out slowly, though it can still be tricky to handle and precisely dose due to the thick, sticky nature of the oil. 

RSO has been suggested online and by manufacturers to be used on the skin, taken by mouth, or mixed into edibles. Leaf411 nurses do not ever suggest applying a topical product to an open wound unless suggested by a wound care specialist and/or dermatologist. RSO should not be smoked or vaped.

How strong is RSO?

You’ll find different brands offering RSO, though RSO is not as popular as edibles, flower or other types of concentrates. 

RSO products containing high THC concentrations can be found at some legal dispensaries. Each RSO syringe may contain 600mg or more of THC, but you’ll want to check the specific product label for cannabinoid test results since amounts may vary. 

Depending on the concentration, each militer (ml) in the syringe may provide 100mg or more of THC. For comparison, many of our Leaf411 members’ cannabis edibles contain only 10mg THC per piece, which is 1/10th the amount you’ll likely find in a single ml of RSO.

Two hands, showing a milliliter of RSO on the left fingertip, which contains 100mg THC, versus a 10 mg Altus brand Juicy Pear gummy on the right fingertip, showing how much stronger RSO is when compared to other cannabis products.

Variations in today’s RSO products on the market

Since Rick Simpson first created his legendary extract, manufacturers have improved extraction processes. Also, product testing on the legal market provides more transparency around the amount of THC contained and other cannabinoids within each RSO syringe. 

However, as the term “RSO” has become more popular, some brands have begun using the term more loosely for concentrates that are very different from what Simpson originally created. 

Some manufacturers are now creating RSO ratio blends which feature THC plus significant amounts of CBD, CBG or other cannabinoids. Keep in mind that these high-powered options are different from the original RSO and may have very different effects. This doesn’t mean they are the wrong product for you, it just means to be aware of the ingredients in every product you purchase.

Also, the cannabis cultivar (strain) matters when it comes to RSO’s effects, since the extract’s power rests in a unique and potent combination of full-plant compounds. However, most manufacturers don’t provide this level of detail on their packaging or test results. Even the same brand’s RSO product can change over time due to variations between different plant harvests. 

All this is to say that RSO can be a tricky product to buy, especially if consistency, accurate dosing,  and potency are your top priorities. 

Here are some examples of RSO/FECO products on the market today:

RSO is not a magic cure

RSO has gained a reputation for its powerful healing abilities, but unfortunately there is no evidence-based research on what types of conditions that RSO might help most with. In some cases, it may even do harm if someone delays research-backed treatment options while experimenting with RSO. Some research also suggests that RSO could contribute to more aggressive growth with certain cancers. To learn more about the challenges from an oncologist who has used cannabis as part of their patients’ treatment regimen, click this link

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How do you use RSO?

The cannabinoids in RSO have already been activated, so there’s no need to heat up the oil before using it. RSO can be added to food and beverages or used to make edibles, but remember that a very small amount goes a long way–RSO is very potent! 

RSO can also be used topically on the skin, but only with the guidance of your clinical team that is providing care for your skin condition.

At Leaf411, we do not recommend RSO in a new, inexperienced user because of the potency and challenges with accurate dosing, especially with a concentrate as potent as RSO. Even increasing your dose by a little bit can make a big difference in the types of effects you feel. RSO’s high potency can lead to increased side effects like dry mouth, rapid heart rate, anxiety, paranoia and even hallucinations.

RSO is not designed for injecting–don’t be fooled by the syringe! We also recommend against vaping or smoking RSO due to the solvents used in its production, which can be damaging to lungs if vaped and explosive at high temperatures.

Store your RSO at room temperature away from light, and make sure it is secure and out of reach of pets and children.

Questions about RSO? Our cannabis-trained nurses can help!

Chances are that if you’re looking at RSO options, you are facing a serious health concern. The last thing you want to do is make things worse or complicate your treatment options. 

While your primary care doctor and specialist team may not fully understand cannabis therapeutics, our Leaf nurses do. Our fully-licensed cannabis-trained RNs can help point you in the right direction when it comes to understanding the research and finding the right questions to bring to your medical treatment team. We don’t replace specialists like oncologists, but we are able to look at the evidence and provide general information on different cannabis options, including RSO. We can also connect you with cannabis-trained clinicians who can review your records and make specific recommendations based on your case.

Click this link for our online scheduling service and find a day and time for your Leaf nurse consultation call.

The Leaf411 cannabis nurse hotline provides education and directional support to the general public about the safe use of legal cannabis. We partner with select business members who meet our rigorous standards to extend our education and outreach efforts.

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Understanding the Role of Cannabis-Trained RNs

Learn about the cannabis guidance our Leaf RNs provide

Medically reviewed by Whittney Wacker, RN, Katherine Golden, RN, and Eloise Theisen, NP

Written by Denise Rustning

Leaf411’s fully-licensed Leaf Nurse Network are experts in general nursing as well as in using cannabis as a therapeutic tool. When talking with our nurses, you’ll discover they offer an incredible wealth of knowledge on cannabis, as well as deep nursing knowledge on a variety of medical conditions, health and wellness. 

And as fully-licensed registered nurses (RNs), our nurses are always careful to stay within their professional scope of practice when providing information and guidance.

We know that most people are not familiar with nursing scope of practice, so today we’re sharing some examples of the types of information that our Leaf nurses can and cannot provide.

Our fully-licensed, cannabis-trained Leaf RNs can provide the following types of guidance:

  • General guidance on all things cannabis, including different cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBN, etc.), terpenes and how to use different product formulations. All guidance from the Leaf411 nurses is derived from evidence-based information and education. 
  • Information about specific products on the legal market, including both products made by our supporting members as well as non-members.
  • Safety considerations based on your overall health and lifestyle. For example, if someone is struggling with COPD or other lung conditions, our nurses may suggest edibles or tinctures instead of inhalation.
  • Potential interactions with other medications you are taking. Keep in mind that while the nurses can identify potential interactions, they cannot make specific recommendations for changing your medication dosing–only your prescribing clinician can do that.
  • Starting dose ranges for different product types based on your past experience using cannabis and hemp, as well as your overall goals for using plant-based medicine.
  • Guidance on using cannabis to support optimal functionality of your endocannabinoid system.
  • Information and resources for you to share with your medical team.

This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the practice standards that guide our Leaf nurses. For a more in-depth understanding, we recommend checking out the NCSBN National Nursing Guidelines for Medical Marijuana, available for download at this link .

Our Leaf nurses can help with most questions. However, there are a few areas that fall outside of the nurses’ scope of practice as registered nurses. Following are some types of information our nurses cannot provide:

  • Our nurses cannot provide specific dosing for cannabis products. Providing a specific dose, or amount, is akin to prescribing a medication, and only a medical doctor or advanced practice registered nurse–nurse practitioner (NP) with prescribing privileges can do that. However, our RNs can suggest ranges and provide guidance on how to titrate your dose up or down.
  • Our nurses cannot recommend starting or stopping medications.
  • Our nurses cannot diagnose a medical condition. 
  • Our nurses cannot order tests or interpret test results.
  • Our nurses cannot make final decisions about care or treatments.

Who do you go to for help with more complex questions or issues? At Leaf411, we have an extensive network of clinician peers (doctors and nurse practitioners) with advanced training on cannabis who we can recommend for more complex issues. Keep in mind that these clinicians are independent from the Leaf411 organization and will have their own fee schedules, with those costs likely not covered by insurance.

Schedule your Leaf nurse consultation today!

Ready to schedule your Leaf nurse consultation? Visit our home page and click “Let’s Talk” to get started. You can also call us at 844-LEAF411 (844-532-3411) if you have questions about our scheduling system. 


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Filling the Information Gap on Cannabis and Health

Leaf nurses offer specialized knowledge on cannabis medicine questions

Medically reviewed by Katherine Golden, RN, and Eloise Theisen, NP

Written by Denise Rustning

If you’ve searched for information on using cannabis for health, you know how challenging it can be to find sources you can trust. Even your primary care doctor may be uncertain, skeptical, or restricted by their healthcare employer from talking about cannabis’s therapeutic value. In some cases, physicians may offer guidance based on patient anecdotes or their own experience using cannabis, yet cannabis is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

On the other hand, Leaf nurses do have specialized education and knowledge on cannabis therapeutics that allows them to tailor their guidance to individual patient needs. What does this look like in practice?

In a recent Society of Cannabis Clinicians article, Leaf411 Founder and CEO/ED Katherine Golden, RN, and Leaf411 CNO Eloise Theisen, NP, share a anonymized case study of a patient who contacted Leaf411 for help after their doctor suggested a 4:1 CBD:THC tincture for pain. From the article:

“A woman was advised by her primary care doctor to try a 4:1 CBD/THC tincture for pain. The doctor told the woman, ‘That ratio worked for my husband’s pain, so it could potentially help you as well.’ The doctor did not discuss how much or how often to take cannabis or possible side effects with other medications. Unfortunately, the woman did not understand the level of THC in a 4:1 product. She took it in addition to the CBD preparation she had already been using. The combination led to a trip to the emergency room after experiencing rapid heart rate and paranoia. With proper guidance, this adverse event could have been avoided.”

You’ll want to read the rest of the article at this link to learn how a Leaf nurse would have guided the patient to reduce the risk of this type of situation, taking the patient’s full hemp and cannabis history into account and  guided the patient to specific product types. 

Check out the case study and a sample transcript of how the Leaf nurse would have provided guidance at this link.

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Ready to schedule your consultation with a Leaf nurse?

Leaf411 is moving to a schedule-based model to better serve the public while improving our operational efficiency. Our new model allows you to schedule your call with our Leaf nurses at a day and time that works for you. No more worrying about having to leave a message and waiting for a call back! Get started today by visiting our home page and clicking on the “Let’s Talk” button to schedule your Leaf nurse consultation.

Also, our hotline is still available if you have a question about scheduling an appointment or if you don’t have access to a computer. Call us at 844-LEAF411 (844-532-3411) and leave a message and a nurse will call you back within 24-48 business hours. 

We look forward to helping you with your cannabis health questions!

The Leaf411 cannabis nurse hotline provides education and directional support to the general public about the safe use of legal cannabis. We partner with select business members who meet our rigorous standards to extend our education and outreach efforts.


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Getting Cannabis Delivered

While some people call it weed delivery or marijuana delivery, this convenient option is expanding for both medical patients and adult-use cannabis consumers in legal marketplaces.  Here’s what you need to know.

Medically reviewed by Katherine Golden, RN, and Eloise Theisen, NP
Written by Denise Rustning

Cannabis delivery offers convenience and privacy, and can be a gamechanger for medical marijuana patients who struggle with mobility or lack transportation. Shopping for cannabis online and having it delivered is also more discrete and can make for a more relaxed buying experience than visiting a busy dispensary. 

As cannabis delivery comes online in more areas, we thought we’d take a look at some of the pros and cons of this option and share how Leaf411 can help you navigate the online shopping and delivery process.

Cannabis delivery is different

Cannabis delivery follows different rules than any other product due to the fact that cannabis is so highly regulated. When you first order cannabis home delivery, don’t be surprised if the rules are more complicated than ordering food through DoorDash, though the cannabis delivery services are working hard to make the process as simple as possible while remaining compliant with the law.

Also, keep in mind that cannabis delivery rules and regulations vary between states and even between cities. Your experience ordering cannabis for delivery in Colorado will be different from cannabis delivery in California or Michigan, for example. We’ve included the Denver, Colorado, cannabis delivery rules at the bottom of this blog post as an example.

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The benefits of cannabis delivery

Do you recall your first visit to a cannabis dispensary? If you’re like many people, you probably felt like being a kid in a candy store as you discovered the hundreds of legal cannabis products on the market today, from edibles and tinctures to vapes, concentrates and a wide range of cannabis flower strains.

But over time, you may find that you repeatedly buy the same cannabis products that work well for your needs, whether those are pain relief, better sleep or other wellness goals. In this case, delivery can provide a convenient option for restocking your cannabis medicine without having to take time away from other obligations.

We know as well that some patients may struggle with mobility issues and reliable transportation. Cannabis delivery may provide a helpful alternative for safely getting your plant-based medicine without having to leave home.

Also, the dispensary shopping experience isn’t for everyone. Some people find the experience stressful or overwhelming, or they may have had negative experiences interacting with budtenders who didn’t really understand their needs. Cannabis delivery provides a discrete, convenient alternative for purchasing cannabis without the worry or pressure from sales-driven budtenders.

You may be wondering how you can explore new cannabis products and get your questions answered when ordering online. Fortunately, the industry is taking steps to fill this need, and organizations like Leaf411 are playing a critical role in answering cannabis patient questions.

Getting help with cannabis delivery product ordering

Most dispensaries have put their product menus online. While these menus are convenient for browsing and comparing prices, they sometimes fall short when you have questions about the products themselves, especially when online listings only contain photos with few other details.

How do you get your questions answered? Some dispensaries and delivery services offer a live budtender chat function so that you can ask questions about specific products in much the same way you would if you were standing in the store. For example, you might want to know how much THC is in an incredibles cannabis-infused chocolate bar before ordering it for delivery. The virtual budtender available via chat would be able to help with that question.

Our Leaf411 cannabis-trained nurses are also available to help based on your health and wellness goals—including medical questions that budtenders are not qualified to answer! 

We do recommend that you contact us well in advance before placing your order so that we have the time to review your needs and the product options that are available in your area. Visit our homepage and click on the “Let’s Talk” button to schedule your call with one of our fully-licensed expert Leaf RNs.

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Finding a trustworthy cannabis delivery service in Denver, Colorado

Despite Colorado having one of the oldest legal cannabis marketplaces, cannabis delivery is a relatively new phenomenon following changes in the law. In 2021, several Colorado cities including Denver began licensing cannabis delivery services for adult-use (recreational) cannabis. The City of Denver has limited the cannabis delivery business licenses to social equity applicants for the first three years. 

What does that mean for you? It means that when you opt for cannabis delivery in Denver, you are also supporting a social equity business. We’re proud to share that several of these businesses are Leaf411 members as well!

One of Leaf411’s newest business members is Better Days Delivery service. Better Days Delivery is a Denver- and Aurora-licensed social equity cannabis delivery service with a focus on health-conscious, environmentally friendly service to the community. They focus on partnering with established dispensaries that carry high-quality products while providing personalized and interactive customer experiences. Better Days first dispensary delivery partner is L’Eagle Denver and you can place your order directly online here

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Denver, CO, doobba cannabis delivery service logo

Leaf411 has also welcomed doobba cannabis delivery onboard as a supporting member. This company was the first to submit a license application following the change in rules in Denver, with owners Ari and Karina Cohen determined to change the perception around cannabis and end prohibition.  If you’re in Denver, CO, you can order a wide range of products, including Wana Optimals products directly from doobba’s website without having to search through different dispensary listings. Remember that Leaf nurses are also available on our special Wana hotline number at 844-WanaFit (844-926-2348) to answer any questions you have while ordering Wana gummies online.

Questions about the delivery itself? When it comes to the logistics side of things, you’ll want to reach out to the cannabis delivery service company for queries on how long it will take for your order to arrive, methods of payment and other details specific to the delivery process.

How much does cannabis delivery cost?

Convenience comes at a price. That’s definitely the case when it comes to cannabis delivery. Cannabis delivery companies have to follow complex and expensive requirements that may include product tracking software, GPS tracking on delivery vehicles and limits on how much cannabis a delivery driver can have in the vehicle, translating into more trips between dispensaries and customers’ homes. When we recently took a look online, we saw fees that ranged from free to $19.99 per delivery.

However, in some cases delivery fees can be offset by special deals offered either by the delivery company itself, dispensaries or product manufacturers.

On top of delivery fees, you’ll want to consider tipping the delivery driver in the same way that you tip food delivery or other service providers.

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Finding cannabis delivery in your area

Because cannabis delivery is so new in many areas, it can be challenging to find what options exist. While we shared a few recommendations for the Denver, Colorado, area, we know that many of you will be looking for services in other areas of the country.

When looking for cannabis delivery, keep in mind that state and local regulations dictate whether dispensaries may deliver directly to the consumer or if standalone cannabis delivery companies are allowed.

If you know the dispensary you want to purchase from, you can visit their website to see if they have a delivery option on their online menu page. You can also go directly to a cannabis delivery service website like doobba delivery to shop across different product categories.

A quick online search can pull up multiple options, but be careful when doing so, since illicit delivery services do exist and may openly operate in some areas. Legitimate delivery services are licensed by the state they operate in, and should have some proof of their license on their website or on the delivery drivers themselves. For example, delivery services in California are required to list their license number on their website. And in the Denver metro area, delivery drivers are required to wear a state-issued MED badge visible above their waist, just like in-store budtenders. 

Sites like Leafly can be helpful for finding delivery services as well. Check out this article for more information.

A look at Denver’s cannabis delivery rules

We’ve mentioned how cannabis delivery regulations vary between different states and even different cities. Below is a summary of the current rules for cannabis delivery in Denver, CO:

By law, cannabis delivery is allowed from 8:00 a.m. to midnight.

  • Deliveries can only be made to residential addresses within Denver (including apartments and Airbnbs), but not to businesses, restaurants, bars or public areas like parks. 
  • Hotels are a bit of a gray area, with the City of Denver stating that delivery is okay if “the customer or patient lives at the hotel, and the hotel does not prohibit marijuana on its premises.” You can find the rules at this link. Your best bet is to check with the delivery service if you’re unsure whether your location qualifies for delivery.
  • In an interesting twist on the residential address requirement, you don’t need to live at the residence, but only be present to accept the order on delivery. This means that you can order cannabis delivery while hanging out at a friend’s house as long as you’re there when the product gets delivered. Your friend or relative cannot accept delivery on your behalf.
  • When accepting your order, you will need to show a valid ID proving you are 21 or older. If your friends decide to stand at the door with you, then they’ll need to show their IDs as well.
  • You may also need to complete some paperwork from your delivery driver confirming receipt of the cannabis products you bought. This is part of the state’s ‘seed-to-sale’ tracking process in place to ensure that cannabis is not lost, stolen, or diverted to the illicit market.
  • Just as with in-dispensary shopping, returns are not allowed, so you’ll want to make sure to ask your driver to review the order contents before handing over the product to you.
  • If there are problems with an order (for example, they bring the wrong product and you do not accept the order), the delivery driver will need to return to the dispensary to fix the issue. They do not carry extra inventory in their vehicles.

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Leaf411 can help with your cannabis questions

Whether you’re shopping online or needing help with products that you already have on hand, our friendly cannabis-trained, fully licensed RNs are ready to help with your questions. Visit our homepage to get started scheduling your nurse consultation, or call us at 844-532-3411 if you have questions about the new scheduling system.

The Leaf411 cannabis nurse hotline provides free, anonymous education and directional support to the general public about the safe use of legal cannabis. We partner with select business members who meet our rigorous standards to extend our education and outreach efforts.


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Leaf411’s New Scheduling System FAQs

How to schedule your consultation with a cannabis-trained nurse

Leaf411 is excited to announce that we are now offering scheduled appointments for our callers! We are making this change to match our resources to demand, ensuring we’re available at a weekday time that works for you. 

We know that you have questions which is why we’re sharing the FAQs below to help you get started with our new system.

FAQs

1. Where do I go to set up an appointment?

From the Leaf411 homepage, click on the “Let’s Talk!” button, which will take you to the Leaf411 client portal hosted on the vcita scheduling app.

Leaf411 cannabis nurse hotline homepage screenshot with “Let’s Talk” button.

2. How do I schedule an appointment? Should I choose the 30-minute or 15-minute option?

After you click on the “Let’s Talk” button on Leaf411’s homepage, you’ll be redirected to our scheduling page hosted on the vcita website.

Leaf411 screenshot showing two different appointment options for a 30-minute guidance call or a 15-minute followup call.Select the Leaf411 30-minute nurse guidance call if it is your first time contacting us through this online appointment service. Even if you’ve previously called the hotline, you will want to select the 30-minute option for your first scheduled appointment.

This 30-minute guidance call allows the nurse to cover one ailment or concern. For example, if you are seeking guidance on using cannabis for insomnia and also for migraines, those are two different issues that may require different products and approaches. Therefore, we would ask for you to schedule two separate appointments–one appointment to discuss cannabis and insomnia, and a different appointment to cover cannabis and migraine pain.

The 15 minute follow-up call is ideal for any remaining questions you have about your primary issue after the initial consultation. The shorter time takes into account the nurse already having your history with your previous 30 minute guidance call so it should allow enough time.

On the scheduling website, a calendar will pop up with available dates and times. Pick the time slot that works best for you and then complete your contact information and you’re good to go! The Leaf nurse will call you at the number you provide on the day and time you selected.

3. My availability has changed after scheduling an appointment. What should I do?

We ask that you provide at least 48 business hours’ notice if you need to change or cancel your appointment. You can cancel the appointment through the confirmation email you receive or by calling the Leaf411 office at 844-LEAF411 (844-532-3411).

4. Is my information safe with vcita?

You can trust that our new scheduling system provided by vcita will keep your information secure. The HIPAA-compliant site will allow you to pick a day and time when our nurses are available for a phone appointment, and even gives you an option to select your preferred nurse if more than one nurse is available at your preferred time. You’ll also have the ability to send and receive documents or messages to our team via the client portal, and will receive reminders about upcoming appointments. 

5. What if I have a quick question, can I still call the hotline instead of making an appointment?

We are moving all of our services to the online appointment system. Even a quick question often has additional concerns—for example, an inquiry about a particular product might be followed up by questions about how it will interact with other medications or supplements. 

If you are unsure about whether your question warrants an appointment or have other questions about scheduling, please call and leave a message at 844-LEAF411 (844-532-3411). A nurse will return your call within 24-48 business hours.

6. Does the nurse call me or do I call them at the appointed time? Is this a video call?

The Leaf nurse will call you at the number you provided at the date/time you selected when signing up for an appointment. The appointments are conducted only by phone, not by video at this time.

7. What happens during the call?

Generally, you can expect the following steps during your call: 

  • Background information: We gather demographic data at the time of scheduling your appointment to ensure our services match caller needs. This information also helps us determine what cannabis and CBD hemp options exist based on laws in your home state. We may gather some of this information up-front or as part of the conversation, depending on the caller’s and nurse’s needs.  
  • Triage: Our Leaf nurses ask a series of questions to understand your main healthcare need and goals for using hemp CBD or marijuana, including whether you’re completely new to the plant or an experienced user. We’ll also ask questions about your activities of daily living to make sure that our education is tailored to your day-to-day realities.  
  • Reviewing your history of marijuana and hemp use: When considering marijuana or hemp CBD as a therapeutic tool, it’s important to factor in where you’re coming from. Are you an experienced current user, or was the last time you consumed over 20 years ago? Have your past experiences been positive or negative? It’s okay if you have hesitations or concerns based on past experiences! Our Leaf nurses are non-judgmental and provide balanced information based on your goals and preferences.   

Offering education and guidance: Once we have a clear sense of your health needs and goals, we provide evidence-based education and guidance that empowers you and can save you time and money when it comes to finding the best cannabis options for pain, insomnia, or other needs. Our Leaf nurses also understand that most callers want relief without impairment so that they can go about their daily lives. Depending on your previous experience, we may start with Cannabis 101 education on your endocannabinoid system, followed by general guidance on product types and routes of administration. For example, our Leaf nurses may suggest starting with a ratio product that contains specific amounts of THC and CBD. Our Leaf nurses also take into account any physical limitations that you may have to recommend easy-to-use product formats, like gummies that can easily be divided into smaller doses.

8. What will not be provided during the nurse guidance call?

It’s important to understand what types of information we can and cannot provide based on our professional scope of practice. Our Leaf411 nurses work within their scope and standard of practice. Registered nurses (RNs) provide guidance and education; however, they do not practice medicine and are not legally allowed to give specific dosages to take at a specific time of day for a specific length of time.

If you have multiple health concerns that are beyond what our nursing guidance can provide, we will suggest a consultation with a cannabis-trained advanced practice nurse (Nurse Practitioner) or a cannabis-trained physician who can take you into their private practice as a patient. We have wonderful resources for trained cannabis clinicians listed under our Resources tab on our website.

Unfortunately consultations with private practice cannabis clinicians are not covered by insurance carriers yet, so please check pricing in advance and assume that it will be an out-of-pocket expense for you.

9. What happens after my call?

Our Leaf nurses understand that as you begin trying different products and learn more about cannabis, additional questions may come up. We take notes as part of our nursing practice which will be uploaded to your online account following the call. That makes it easy for us if you have follow-up questions so that we can pull up those past notes and pick up right where we left off. You can also schedule your follow-up consultation with the same Leaf nurse you previously talked to.

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Schedule your Leaf411 cannabis consultation today!

With our recent transition to a schedule-based system, our goal is to make trustworthy guidance on cannabis use more accessible and convenient for you. We look forward to hearing from you! Visit our homepage to get started scheduling your nurse consultation, or call us at 844-532-3411 if you have questions about the new scheduling system.

The Leaf411 cannabis nurse hotline provides free, anonymous education and directional support to the general public about the safe use of legal cannabis. We partner with select business members who meet our rigorous standards to extend our education and outreach efforts.


Leaf411’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: PHoto of a couple opening holiday gifts by a Christmas tree

Leaf411’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

To help you out with your holiday shopping, we asked our Leaf411 business members to share their products they’re most excited about this holiday season. If you’re looking for gift ideas for hemp CBD or cannabis lovers, these products would be a great place to start!

You’ll find hemp CBD products listed first, followed by cannabis products available in select Colorado dispensaries. Product details were provided by the manufacturers or retailers.

Be sure to read all the way through! You won’t want to miss Nové Luxury Edibles’ exquisite cannabis-infused chocolate bar or Seed & Smith’s holiday gift sets specially priced for all kinds of budgets, and more!

The best hemp CBD gifts for friends and family

Hemp CBD makes the perfect gift for friends and family who live too far away to visit in person, since hemp products are federally legal and can be mail-ordered and shipped. Of course, hemp CBD is also a great option for local family members, friends and neighbors who are interested in health, wellness and relaxation during the busy holiday season!

Elixinol Calm Stress Support Capsules and Everyday Rapid Reset Liposome

Elixinol Calm Stress Support Capsules pair Ashwagandha – a natural root known for its calming effect – with CBD to help relieve occasional stress. Perfect for just about anyone who could use a little help combatting daily stress during the holiday season!

Looking to boost your non-alcoholic holiday beverage? Elixinol Everyday Rapid Reset Liposome

tincture leverages liposome technology for efficient CBD absorption. Liposomes are microscopic bubbles that carry CBD, making it easy and efficient for your body to absorb. They give your body more CBD per serving that might otherwise be lost in the digestive process. The product tastes delicious too, as it is naturally flavored with orange & lemon extracts. Click here to learn more about Elixinol’s current promotions and products.

WelCel CBD Sleep Creme

Support a restful night’s sleep with WelCel’s CBD Sleep Creme featuring 3,000mg CBD Isolate per bottle. This groundbreaking product doesn’t contain drugs or hormones, only the power of CBD and natural botanicals. Welcel Sleep Creme effectively relaxes your mind and body so your body can do exactly what it is designed to do at night – SLEEP!

When developing this product, WelCel founder Dr. Lisa Gardner started with an amazing antioxidant creme that has both natural and organic ingredients, without harmful chemicals or hype. She then sourced the highest quality ingredients and essential oils like Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Vitamin E, Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract, Vitamin C, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, and Organic Lavender. Next, she infused this amazing creme with 3,000mg of powerful pure CBD! WelCel CBD Sleep Creme makes the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for your loved ones this holiday season. Order at Thrive Apothecary via this link.

Myriam’s Hemp Gift Bundle

For the friend who loves exploring new products: Myriam’s Hemp offers a wide range of hemp topicals and tinctures featuring CBN, CBG, and even CBDA (a cannabinoid that Leaf411 recently covered in our blog). Even better, Myriam’s Hemp offers options to customize with terpene boosts and your favorite flavor. Diana Peña, Myriam’s Hemp co-founder, suggests putting together a gift bundle with their bestselling CBN and CBG tinctures, together with their CBD balm topical cream. Keep an eye on Myriam’s Hemp website for holiday deals.

RESTART CBD CBN Sublingual Oil

Relaxation is at the front of RESTART CBD co-founder Shayda Torabi’s mind as holiday parties gear up. She recommends RESTART’s CBD CBN Sublingual Oil 1200mg as a great gift for busy people, explaining that CBD:CBN Oil is typically used for calming nighttime relief that standard CBD extracts can’t fully solve. Depending on how you respond, it might help you chill out after a long day, loosen up for a social situation or get some solid rest. CBN alone could bring relief, or it might benefit your routine as an addition to CBD so that you get the entourage effects of multiple cannabinoids working together. CBN Oil can also be added to THC therapies to elevate its effects. Find RESTART CBD’s full product lineup, including CBD flower and vapes, at this link.

Calm Better Days Holiday Box

Want to give your friend the gift of product support along with a collection of great hemp products? Calm Better Days has you covered. Not only do they sell over 20 well-known CBD brands, many of them woman-owned, but they also provide free consultations where consumers can learn the basics of CBD and complete a personal assessment to discover which products are best for their specific health situation. This holiday season, Calm Better Days is also offering the Women of Wellness Holiday Box featuring the best CBD products by woman founders in cannabis. The curated set includes different CBD products for the best self care experience, from bath bombs, tea, oral spray, intimacy oil, facial oil and more. Click here to learn more.

Hemplily Menopause Complex Tincture bottles and roses, pairing two great gift ideas.

Hemplily Menopause Complex Tincture

Maintaining good mind/body balance is more important than ever, especially for women with menopause symptoms. The new Hemplily Menopause Complex tincture with full-spectrum hemp extract (FSHE) plus Ashwagandha and Reishi Mushroom is great for helping to manage mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats and more. Hemplily also offers Everyday CBD tinctures, topicals and gummies that will appeal to health-minded friends of all ages. Visit Hemplily at this link for the latest deals and product information.

Ology Essentials Full Spectrum CBD Muscle Gel

Looking for that perfect warming product to soothe and nourish your body? Ology Essentials has formulated a product specifically for you – the hemp CBD Muscle Gel is a beautifully synergic product with 300 mg of full spectrum hemp CBD, capsicum, menthol, hyaluronic acid, and a powerhouse of essential oils. Click here to find product information and holiday deals.

CAASI CBD products including CBD Bath Bombs, Water-Soluble Drops, Scalp & Skin Soother, and Soothing Transdermal Body Lotion.

CAASI Water-Soluble Drops and Scalp & Skin Soother

CAASI’s flagship Water-Soluble Hemp CBD Beverage Drops are perfect for the athletes, cooks, bartenders, home hosts or anyone that wants to relax. These drops are available with either broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate, providing a convenient option for adding CBD to food or beverages.  

Looking for a topical gift? CAASI Scalp & Skin Soother is perfect for anyone looking for new options to help with scalp psoriasis or eczema, conditions which are often aggravated by dry winter air.

CBD Garage – Foria Wellness Intimacy CBD Quickie Kit

Intimacy plays a big role in wellness, and this year CBD Garage has you covered with a special Foria Wellness Intimacy CBD Quickie Kit. Whether you’re already a Foria fan or new to CBD in the bedroom, this bundle includes all the bestsellers from their Intimacy collection, in deluxe mini sizes: Awaken Arousal Oil, Sex Oil and Intimacy Suppositories. With an unwavering commitment to clean ingredients, organic and regenerative farming, and responsible packaging, Foria is on a mission to support lifelong sexual wellness and pleasure. 

CBD Garage carries hemp products, nutritional supplements and adaptogens made by over 20 different high-quality brands, many of them Colorado-based. Check out CBD Garage’s full catalog at this link.

Foria Wellness The Quickie gift set showing Awaken Arousal Oil, Sex Oil and Intimacy Suppositories.

Cannabis options for celebration, relaxation and wellness

Cannabis can make a great gift for yourself or for friends who you know enjoy the plant’s many benefits. Of course we recommend sticking with legally-manufactured products that have undergone testing and are compliant with state laws. Remember as well to always start low and go slow when trying new products so that you don’t become too high. After all, the goal is to enjoy and savor the product!

Nové Luxury Edibles Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Bar with 10mg THC per piece and 100mg THC per bar.

Nové Luxury Edibles Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates

New from the creators of incredibles, Nové Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates are the perfect infused edible for everyday luxury. There’s no need for wrapping paper with their sophisticated and sleek packaging, which happens to be environmentally friendly. Recyclable, biodegradable, and made with 33% post-consumer materials, the eco-conscious would appreciate this elevated gift, as would the foodie! Crafted with a sprinkle of fleur de sel, 38% single-origin cacao sourced from Venezuela, and filled with decadent caramel, this flavor is sure to impress both the canna-curious and the cannabis connoisseur. Available to adult use consumers, packages contain ten 10mg THC pieces. Please remember to consume responsibly, waiting at least two hours before eating more than a single serving.

Nové is luxury without the luxury price tag, averaging $20 retail. Find Sea Salt Caramel as well as other Nové chocolates and gummies at exclusive Colorado retailers including Medicine Man, Euflora, and Rocky Road Aurora. Check Nové’s online store locator for more information.

Ripple Gummies

Putting together a cannabis-infused gummies gift basket? You’ll want to be sure to include Ripple Gummies! Ripple Gummies combine everyone’s favorite edible with a high that’s clinically proven to be 2 times faster than the leading gummy. Available in delicious, all-natural flavors and a wide range of doses, there’s a Ripple Gummy for every high. Learn more and find retailers at this link.

A man shares two cannabis-infused Ripple Gummies with a friend.
Gift-wrapped Seed & Smith Holiday Vape Bundle featuring the Dart battery which uses Live Dart Pods.

Seed & Smith Holiday Vape Bundle

Give the Gift of Happy with Seed & Smith! Starting December 6, you’ll find holiday bundles at multiple price points exclusively at Seed & Smith retail locations: 5070 Oakland St, Denver CO 80239, and 1413 Hecla Way, Louisville CO 80027. Our Holiday Vape Bundle includes two Live Dart Pods, a Limited Edition Holiday Dart battery, two Live 1gram carts and a Seed & Smith 510 battery for a special low price that you won’t want to miss! Visit Seed & Smith’s website to learn more.

Give the gift of knowledge by supporting Leaf411

If you’ve spent much time talking to others about cannabis and hemp, you know that the old stigmas and myths are going strong. Even experienced cannabis users may have questions as new product types roll out, and everyone is looking for reliable sources of information they can trust. That’s where Leaf411 plays a vital role–but we need your support!

As you plan your holiday giving, please consider giving the gift of cannabis guidance by contributing to our Leaf411 GoFundMe campaign at this link. By joining the movement, you’re providing access to cannabis education from cannabis-trained RNs with the goal of supporting safe consumption and effective use of plant-based medicine.

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