American Cannabis Nurses Association Cites PCHS Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

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Published: May 21, 2020

By: Pacific College

Eloise Theisen is one of Pacific College’s Medical Cannabis program expert faculty members. She is a board certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in cannabis therapy. For over 20 years, Eloise has worked primarily with cancer, dementia and chronic pain patients. In the last 6 years, Eloise has focused her efforts on cannabinoid therapies.

ACNA’s Advocacy for Cannabis in Treating PTSD

The American Cannabis Nurses Association, of which Eloise is the President, announced they advocate the use of cannabis for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“In light of the pandemic, ACNA recognizes that many people will experience the trauma of serious illness and loss of loved ones under highly stressful circumstances,” said ACNA President Eloise Theisen, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC. “These traumatic events can lead to a PTSD diagnosis, which has been linked to increased rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. A high percentage of patients cannot tolerate conventional treatment options for PTSD but many have discovered cannabis can help.” The ACNA position statement on cannabis use for PTSD calls on the nation’s governing bodies to acknowledge cannabis as a treatment for PTSD and “improve the public safety, health and economic development of their communities.”

Read the press release from the ACNA.

Are you interested in learning more about the proper use, indications and contra-indications of medical cannabis as part of an integrative healthcare approach? Pacific College’s 8-credit medical cannabis certificate program is also available as an elective in the holistic nursing programs! Pacific College is regionally accredited by WASC’s WSCUC and offers financial aid to those who qualify. Visit our calendar page to see a schedule of our free upcoming info sessions.

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