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

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