Nurses are on the frontline with cannabis these days because we are situated closest to the patients
Medical marijuana has been available in Canada since 2001 and following the legalization of recreational marijuana there are more people looking to turn to cannabis for its medicinal benefits.
Unfortunately some doctors are still unwilling to prescribe the drug and nurses are stepping up with the information.
CTV News reported that Gordon Bennett was prescribed opioids to ease arthritis but they just didn’t work.
“I could hardly get out of bed, it was hell, I had pain in my back, neck and legs, every part of my body suffered.”
He resorted to hiring a registered nurse to help find the correct strain and dose. He was concerned that it may be addictive but has stated that this isn’t the case and is currently using CBD oil.
“I’m living again, right now I am looking after myself in a big home, I have no trouble getting around, my walking has improved and I have no pain whatsoever”
Susan Hagar from Nurse on Board stated :Nurses are on the frontline with cannabis these days because we are situated closest to the patients… We have that little bit of extra time to spend with them, to help them,” “It is my sincere hope that cannabis and the use of cannabis becomes normalized, that we sort of get over the hangover that I believe people have from the past.”
Nurses are not trying to replace physicians but are filling the gap created in the industry. Morgan Toombs from O Cannabis states
“Patients who have tried everything, and they’ve had a really hard time finding the right medicine for them, will have often approached their doctors and are not able to get access, Many physicians are uncomfortable prescribing medical cannabis and so they’ll come to a clinic like ours and they’ll get the care and the help that they need.”
“With medical cannabis, there is a lot of follow-up care that’s required for a patient to find their right dose, to find the right products for them,” Toombs added. “And so we all know how busy doctors are… We can help take the load off the physicians.”
Source Ctv news
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