A Letter to Health Care Professionals Everywhere

Me and My Dear Dad — One Week Before His Death

I’m writing this in an effort to remind my fellow health professionals to not lose sight of who we are taking care of in the face of covid-19: human beings.

My family became victims of a deeply dehumanizing experience at the very end of my father’s life. I have no doubt that this experience was derived from fear and panic.

My father succumbed to complications from lung cancer last Monday morning. Two weeks prior to his death, my dear sister transferred him to a Boston hospital as he was struggling to breathe. He had been battling stage 4 non-small cell…


How to help your health provider help you

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As legalization of cannabis expands across the United States and federal prohibition dwindles to an eventual end, patients are seeking symptom improvement with the use of cannabis in ever-increasing rates. No longer is cannabis a plant that is relegated to the counter culture it once was. The stigma is starting to dissipate and people are seeing the value in medicating with plant-based medicine in greater numbers. In fact, people from across the lifespan have turned to cannabis therapy in an effort to improve quality of life, relieve symptoms of chronic illness, and in some cases, manage disease states better than…


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The safety of vaping has always been questionable

On September 24, 2019, the Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, declared vaping a public health emergency. As a result, he initiated a ban on all vape products, effective immediately until January 25, 2020.

The circumstances that lead Governor Baker and the Public Health Council in Massachusetts to this decision have to do with an uptick in illnesses linked with vaping in this country. At the time of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1080 lung injury cases related to the use of vape products (both e-cigarettes and cannabis) have been identified in 48 states…


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Purpose of this paper

This paper will discuss some of the challenges faced by patients and adult users of cannabis in terms of inadequate guidance and counseling from qualified health providers, the less than clear scope of practice for dispensing agents and caregivers, and some of the negative impacts this lack of clarity presents for many of the players in the cannabis space. A discussion of the discontinuity of care between recommending healthcare providers and the medical marijuana dispensaries will be included. Recommendations for possible solutions to some of these issues and challenges will also be discussed.

The dispensary experience


A Discussion of the Challenges Pregnant Women Face When Deciding to Use Medications While They’re Caring for Two

Precluding pregnant women from clinical drug research presents risks According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9 out of 10 women take medicine during pregnancy, 7 out of 10 report take at least one pharmaceutical medication. For many pregnant women, choosing to take medications during pregnancy is a difficult decision. The risks associated with taking most medications during pregnancy is largely unknown, mainly due to the long-held standard that it is unethical to include pregnant and breastfeeding women in clinical trials and other research studies to determine drug safety and efficacy. The health risks to the developing fetus…


A Cannabis Nurse’s Suggestions for Finding Your Personal Therapeutic Dose of Cannabis

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Start low and go slow. It’s a phrase that’s thrown around in the cannabis space like a Nerf ball at recess, but what does it really mean? And do cannabis consumers understand it? Let’s explore the answers to these questions and get down to the basics that encompass the concept of microdosing — another term often heard and misunderstood in not only the cannabis space, but also our culture.

Ask any cannabis user when they began to use cannabis and the answer from most people will fall somewhere between their high school and college years. Reach a little further to…


A Patient’s Story of Recovering from Accidents and Overdose with a Little Cannabis

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Brandy (not her real name) is a 30-year-old woman who will tell you that she once had the world at her feet. Always an overachiever, she had been working in her career as a marketing manager in a large advertising firm for about five years following her magna cum laude finish from a local university. Everything was going remarkably well for her until she veered her car at high speed into oncoming traffic — she was checking a text on her cell phone while driving. She wanted to respond to her best friend who was confirming dinner plans for that…


A Disastrous Account of Addiction Based on Many Truths, But a Work of Fiction

Kate drove like a madwoman in her usual way, weaving her old vehicle through rush hour traffic, speeding up to the next vehicle’s bumper, slamming on the brakes, and narrowly filling in the gap between the cars in the neighboring lane. With each jerking maneuver, this junkyard ready vehicle from the last century would scream, whine, and squeal. Kate was really pushing it this time. She realized her exit was coming up and immediately clicked on her indicator to let others know she intended to depart the highway. Once the blinker was on, she proceeded to navigate her rusted, shaking…


A Review of the Problem and A Nurse’s Personal Map Toward Healing One Day at a Time

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According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States among people ages 15–44. In 2015, 16.1 million American adults over the age of 18, or 6.7% of the total adult population in the United States, had experienced at least one depressive episode. A recent report issued by the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that depression is the leading cause of illness and disability for children aged 10 to 19 years old. …


Cannabidiol (CBD) is my go to cannabinoid when I am struggling with anxiety. I have tried many different applications of CBD — topicals, capsules, tinctures, vape oil pens, inhaling CBD flower, edibles, and medibles. The transdermal application was relatively new to me and I wasn’t sure 2mg metered-doses would have any effect at all. I was pleasantly surprised for sure.

The Elite Gel is comprised of hemp-derived CBD, several terpenes — limonene, B-pinene, B-Carophyllene, purified water, some natural fragrance, and the PLO gel — a pharmaceutical grade transdermal gel. The pen is discreet and easy to use. …

Marissa Fratoni

Holistic RN Specializing in Cannabinoid Therapeutics & Maternal Health — HolisticNurseMama.blog

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