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.
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.”
Learn more about the Medical Cannabis Program at Pacific College of Health and Science.