February 25, 2020
Yesterday, Verywell Health, an award-winning online resource for up-to-date health information with more than 300 million readers, cited Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, in an article on how to start talking about cannabis with your healthcare provider. Theisen is a faculty member at Pacific College of Health and Science’s medical cannabis program and president of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.
As more states legalize cannabis for both health and recreation, this question becomes more common for Americans everywhere. The historical legislative and moral baggage, however, can leave many of us nervous or uncertain about talking to a professional about it.
Making the situation even more awkward, healthcare professionals on the other side of the conversation may also be unprepared. The landscape has changed so quickly in recent years. “Many patients are embarrassed or ashamed that they have resorted to cannabis as an option,” says Theisen. “I would encourage patients to start the conversation with their providers and be transparent about their usage. The more we normalize cannabis as a medicine, the more healthcare providers will need to become familiar with it.”
Find out how best to prepare, what questions to ask during, and what to do after your appointment: