‘This is medicine’: Maine nurse practitioners can recommend marijuana starting …

July 28th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

PORTLAND, Maine — Nurse practitioners in Maine can legally certify patients to use medical cannabis beginning Friday.

Nurse practitioners will join physicians as medical professionals who can legally recommend marijuana to patients suffering from qualifying conditions approved by state government, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder and others.

Wellness Connection of Maine, the state’s largest medical marijuana dispensary group, is hosting informational sessions so medical professionals know the ins and outs of medicinal marijuana treatment, science and regulation.

“We feel it’s very important to provide education like this,” said Catherine Cobb, a member of the group’s board of directors and a former Department of Health and Human Services official who oversaw Maine’s medical marijuana program. “We’ve been working for the last few months to try to put on more sessions so that the information is out there, and we get rid of some of the stigma attached to people who use marijuana for medical reasons.”

Becky DeKeuster, director of community and education at Wellness Connection of Maine, said negative stereotypes have been attached to marijuana because of the psychoactive effects.

Those effects, caused by the compound THC, became more visible when marijuana was banned nationwide even for medicinal use, she said.

“During prohibition, marijuana was used only recreationally, so there was this drive among growers to breed plants with higher THC levels,” DeKeuster said. “Now we have professionals working to breed plants where other compounds are prominent.”

While THC is the most commonly known compound, hundreds of other compounds

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