Cannabis Patient Care - March/April 2021

Cannabis Patient Care - March/April 2021

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20 cannabis patient care | vol. 2 no. 1 nurse focus C hronic pain has been described as an "unpleasant sense of discomfor t" (1), which may persist or con- tinue to progress over an extended period of time. In the case of acute pain, it arises rather quickly as a result of a bodily response to an injur y and is often treat- able. With chronic pain, the discomfor t is typically resistant to medical treatments. Medical conditions such as f ibromy- algia, cancer, shingles, ar thritis, diabetes, previous injuries, and so for th are among the many ailments that can be con- nected to chronic pain. Environmental or psychological fac- tors have also been found to aggravate and worsen chronic pain. Eloise Theisen, an Adult Geriatric Primar y Care Board-cer- tif ied nurse practitioner, who has been in the nursing f ield for more than 21 years is now using her medical exper- tise to assist patients in using medical cannabis to treat their chronic pain. Aside from Theisen's medical experi- ence she is also the Chief Nursing Of f icer at Leaf411, which is a free cannabis hotline for anyone who wants to call and discuss their cannabis use or inquire about cannabis use with a nurse (2). Theisen is also the president of the Ameri- can Cannabis Nurses Association (3). Originally, Theisen be- gan her impressive nursing career in oncolog y. In this de- par tment, it was quite common to see patients experiencing One Nurse's Battle with the Stigma Against Medical Cannabis Use and Chronic Pain B Y M A D E L I N E C O L L I An interview with Eloise Theisen, a board certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in cannabis therapy and the president of the American Cannabis Nurses Association. APchanel

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