American Cannabis Nurses Association: providing guidance for patients in need

Dr Carey Clark of the American Cannabis Nurses Association outlines their mission, how they work to promote education, and boost awareness in the nursing community.
Cannabis is becoming more available across the US, yet lingering stigma and a lack of education are preventing further progress. Health Europa spoke to Dr Carey Clark, President of the American Cannabis’ Nurses Association who explains the work the organisation are doing to tackle this, and how collaboration could be the key to reaching more professionals for the benefit of patients.

How and when did you first become aware of the benefits of medical cannabis?
Around 10 years ago, I became aware of using cannabis as a medicine and I lived in an area in California where many people grew their plants outdoors. I did believe that it worked to palliate many symptoms, but at that time I had no understanding of the endocannabinoid system and the scientific basis of cannabis effects. When I moved to Maine, I created a student-faculty chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association, and the students would plan different events and invite speakers to campus. On one occasion they brought a local doctor, Dustin Sulak, to campus who explained physiologically how cannabis worked in the body through the endocannabinoid system. I was very excited to learn the scientific basis of how cannabis could palliate and support healing around so many medical conditions.

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