Is Medical Cannabis Right for You, a Loved One, or Your Patient?
Navigating the medical cannabis world can be difficult and confusing. 2 Leaf Nurses acts as a guide for patients, caregivers, and medical professionals in Springfield and around southwest Missouri. We belong to the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA), the Cannabis Nurse Network (CNN), and the American Nurses Association (ANA). We have the knowledge and experience to educate our clients about all aspects of medical cannabis. Whether you have years of experience with medical cannabis or no experience at all, we have a coaching plan to fit your needs.
2 Leaf Nurses offers medical cannabis education workshops for social groups and community organizations, as well as cannabis education sessions for health care professionals, agencies, and organizations of all sizes and backgrounds. In addition, we offer support for members of the cannabis industry—including marijuana dispensaries and licensed cannabis growers or cultivators—allowing them to better understand the varied needs of their patient customers. We can even facilitate online workshops with groups across Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. If you're not in the Springfield, MO area, we're happy to set up a video conference via Zoom, UberConference, or Google Hangouts.
2 Leaf Nurses is here to help light your way. Want to discuss how we can help? Click here to speak with an experienced cannabis nurse.
Meet Dedee Culley, RN
Cannabis Nurse and Interpener
For Dedee Culley, her work as a cannabis nurse is far more than a job or career: It's a calling.
Culley grew up wanting to become a nurse and a teacher. Over 20 years ago, she was able to combine those two passions by becoming an RN and seizing opportunities to teach whenever she could. For Culley, there is nothing more invigorating than seeing someone's eyes light up when they realize they understand a new concept and are empowered to take control of their health and their life.
Her journey to become a practicing cannabis nurse began not long after she became an RN, although she learned about the healing power of herbs and other natural remedies from her grandmothers when she was a young girl and took it upon herself to study holistic and naturopathic therapies later in life. As an RN, she saw how patients benefited from medical cannabis use when more advanced medications failed. In 2014, she searched for a way to better manage the chronic pain and anxiety she'd dealt with for years and discovered that more holistic and naturopathic therapies, including cannabis, offered more hope than prescription medications had.
In 2018, she learned that cannabis helped children with various forms of epilepsy. Later that year came her biggest personal challenge: Her husband was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, terminal brain tumor.
"While we were beyond devastated, I knew first that God had a plan," she said. "I researched day and night to find what would provide the best hope. Again, I found cannabis. I also found other nurses doing what I knew I was called to do as well: be a cannabis nurse."
Culley's personal experiences have driven her passion exponentially to provide best practices and most successful methods to all medical cannabis patients.
Why Medical Cannabis?
Patients researching medical cannabis are likely struggling with a wide range of complicated illnesses, and cannabis works differently in everyone. As cannabis nurse consultants, we do not diagnose, treat, or make any claims as to what cannabis will or will not do for any individual, but we do serve to educate and share our knowledge with patients, caregivers, and medical professionals so they can better understand how medical cannabis may or may not benefit those suffering from a variety of conditions. Some of these conditions may include the following:
It may help with
Generally, for pain to be a qualifying condition, it must be "severe, persistent, and debilitating." This type of pain may include pain associated with MS, seizures, Parkinson's disease, Tourette's syndrome, intractable migraines, neuropathies, addiction to prescription medication, and numerous other conditions.
Missouri qualifying conditions include, but are not limited to, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn's Disease, cachexia, and wasting syndrome.
Cancers are often a state qualifying condition, but not all cancer treatments are as receptive to medical cannabis as others. It is important to work with your health care provider and cannabis nurse to see if it's beneficial to add medical cannabis to your cancer treatment plan.
Chronic Medical Conditions
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services lists several chronic conditions that qualify for cannabis treatment, including, but not limited to, migraines, epilepsy, glaucoma, PTSD, HIV/AIDS, and any condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence. In addition, patients with any other chronic or debilitating condition may be able to use medical cannabis "in the professional judgement of a physician."
Weight Loss or Gain
Depending on the circumstances, cannabis has been known to help patients gain weight if they're suffering from conditions such as cachexia, wasting syndrome, or digestive disorders such as Crohn's disease or IBS.
Stress affects every part of our body, causing feelings of anxiousness, panic, and even depression and PTSD. Several studies show cannabis provides significant help with these conditions.
These women are knowledgeable, understanding and driven to help others. They were able to give me the exact information I was looking for so I can better take care of myself. Thank you!
— BM, Springfield