The Kush Nurse

It’s a whole wide world of cannabis information want some help navigating it?

Join Cannabis Nurse Sandra Guynes MSN, RN as she brings the science and facts with a big dose of humanity every Monday morning.

A registered nurse for 16 years she brings her knowledge of the endocannabinoid system; the most undiscussed system in our body. Nurse Sandra came to cannabis as a patient after suffering from postpartum depression, chronic pain and anxiety. After navigating all the information she realized there was a great need for community education. Nurse Sandra creates hands on experiences for clients to rebalance and nourish their endocannabinoid system.

Come on in and listen to the stories of patients, learn from medical experts and as always have a great time with your friendly Kush Nurse.

Season Two Wrap Up

On The Kush Nurse Season 2, we had a chance to speak to cannabis nurses working in the industry. Covid-19 and the pandemic made it clear; cannabis is essential medicine. We have even prioritized cannabis workers to access vaccinations before teachers. 

From talking to kids about cannabis to navigating your own child as a cannabis patient this season helps us see how cannabis has become an integral part of healthcare. No matter the need or condition, cannabis remains a privileged medicine accessible by few and highly ignored by many healthcare providers. 

Patients still struggle with employment protections as medical cannabis patients. Many may lose employment for choosing cannabis as medicine. We need significant education in our government and healthcare systems to continue to see forward momentum. 

We learned of the challenges many healthcare providers, nurses especially, face when choosing a career in cannabis. From advocacy to transforming patient’s health; nurses are changing and paving the way for cannabis care.

The challenges and federal laws continue to create barriers for cannabis to be accessible, affordable and even an option discussed by providers but we’ve seen great strides with the state by state legalization. Will federal legislation be in our near future? We’ll be back next season and hopeful for policy changes to benefit all. 

Next season we’ll talk with cannabis patients and hear their stories of how cannabis has helped changed their health and the challenges of choosing plant medicine. 

Visit www.thekushnurse.com for more education and to learn how cannabis can help your health and wellness. 

Listen in as we talk to Monique Vargas:

  1. She shares about her journey to cannabis
  2. how it’s helped her to find balance and relief from the challenges of depression and chronic pain.
  3. How cannabis helps her manage motherhood and normalizing cannabis use at home

 

Monique is a mom, hiker and passionate about sharing her love for nature and life with others.
She is best known for her love of hiking @adventures.with.august and her support of mothers and children who want to explore the outdoors together. This episode we chat mom to mom and you don’t want to miss her insights on how her cannabis journey has impacted her life positively. Like many new cannabis consumers she didn’t just come to cannabis as medicine. Her evolution in what she felt about cannabis before, during and now are just what many mothers feel when exploring this option for health and wellness.

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Cannabis for kids?

Listen in as we talk to Nurse Vanessa Peck: 

  1. She shares her experience as an ER nurse and her first experience witnessing a cannabis transformation in a patient.
  2. The challenges of cannabis in a pediatric population
  3. Conditions and considerations for cannabis in children.

After seeing the transformative power cannabis had on one of Vanessa’s pediatric patients in the ER, she turned her astonishment into a relentless passion for unlocking the power of this therapy for others.  With 12 years of professional nursing practice in emergency care, trauma, and pediatrics, Vanessa saw conventional medicine work at its best and where it failed many patients.  As a Certified Cannabis Nurse and the CEO of Elevated Healing, Vanessa now dedicates her work to guiding families and their children through the world of cannabis, transforming, restoring, and finding a quality of life they didn’t know was possible.

 

Website:

www.elevated-healing.com

 

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FB:  Elevated-Healing

IG:  @elevated___healing (that is 3 underscores; had to get creative)

YouTube channel:  "Kannakids"

 

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www.elevated-healing.com

 

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FB:  Elevated-Healing

IG:  @elevated___healing (that is 3 underscores)

YouTube channel:  "Kannakids"

 

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Listen in as we talk to Nurse and Author Ashley Winn-Grimes: 

  1. She shares the story of Asa’s Medicine a children’s book aimed at breaking the stigma of cannabis
  2. The impact and challenges of being a nurse in the cannabis industry
  3. Why it’s a vital time for nurses to claim their stake in the cannabis nursing specialty

Ashley Wynn-Grimes, MS, RN-BC LSSBB, is a Registered Nurse of over 12 years and newly published author of Asa’s Medicine. She has worked in various healthcare settings including telemetry nursing, quality improvement and professional development. Ashley is a change agent in the nursing industry through her non-traditional approach to her healthcare career most notably through the creation of Cannabis Nursing Solutions (CNS).

 

CNS provides patients and nursing professionals with the information they need to understand how cannabis interacts with the human body so as to provide optimum medical benefit. Ashley has taken her expertise in healthcare, professional development and process improvement to develop a standardized approach for nursing professionals. Ashley holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Nursing Education. She has a certification in Professional Development and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Ashley is also on the advisory board member for the Cannabis Nurses of Color (CNOC). 

 

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www.cannabisnursingsolutionsllc.com

 

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Listen in as we talk to Cannabis Nurse Heather about: 

  1. The Role of the Cannabis Nurse
  2. How to care for the Endocannabinoid System (ECS): the largest receptor signaling system in the body.
  3. The impact of the cannabis nurses in the healthcare system
  4. Free education for nurses interested in the cannabis nursing 

Heather Manus, RN is a native New Mexican and Registered Nurse specializing in all aspects of 

medical cannabis care. “Nurse Heather” began her career as a Registered Nurse providing psychiatric home health care to patients in New Mexico.

She has extensive background and experience in natural healing modalities and herbal remedies, some of which she obtained from her close association with Hispanic and Native American healers in New Mexico.

 

Her vast knowledge and holistic approach to individualized patient care have been the cornerstone of her success as a nurse, educator, entrepreneur, and promoter of health.

 

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www.cannabisnursesnetwork.com

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On today’s episode Jessie speaks about:

 

  1. How to talk to your kids about your cannabis use
  2. The issues with cannabis being compared with opiates and heroin
  3. Cannabis safety and children
  4. Parents who consume and considerations

 

Jessie Gill, RN is a cannabis nurse with a background in holistic health and hospice. After suffering a spinal injury, she reluctantly became a medical marijuana patient then quickly transitioned into an advocate. She’s the founder of MarijuanaMommy.com, a resource that educates about cannabis while challenging the stigma against marijuana use. She’s been featured on Viceland and her work has appeared on VICE, GoodHousekeeping, Cosmopolitan, MSN, and more.

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www.marijuanamommy.com

 

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Ivory Rosenthal Davis is the co-founder of Cannabis Nurses of color she joins this episode to speak about her journey into the cannabis industry. She talks on how she hopes to challenge corporate America’s policies and practices when it comes to how they handle cannabis patients, employees and education as whole. Follow Ivory for all things policy and politics of cannabis. 

On today’s episode Ivory speaks about:

  1. The need for the community and every day person to have more cannabis education
  2. Cannabis Nurses of Color: Advocacy, Training and Education for black and brown nurses in the cannabis industry.
  3. Understanding the politics and policies of cannabis and nurses 
  4. The M.O.R.E. Act - Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019
  5. The Marijuana Justice Act 

 

Ivory is the Co-Founder of Cannabis Nurses of Color (CNOC).  She is also the CEO & Owner of Rosenthal Consulting Solutions, LLC (RCS); a minority, nurse-owned case management consulting firm specializing in Workers Compensation,  case management, cannabis medication insurance appeals, and medical record reviews.    

Connect WIth Ivory Rosenthal Davis

www.instagram.com/Lacannanursenavigator

www.youtube.com/nurseivory

www.twitter.com/nurseivory

www.facebook.com/cannanursesCNOC

 

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Creative Entrepreneur and mom, Voneva Denham, talks chronic pain, the effects of overconsuming edibles, teens and cannabis.

 

As an active mom and creative entrepreneur, Voneva Denham couldn’t let the pain she was experiencing keep her from living a full and present life. She shares her cannabis journey and how ultimately her views on cannabis use have changed. A mom to a toddler and a young adult, Voneva shares the trial and errors of her cannabis journey and how cannabis has been a tool in her health and wellness regime. Her candid chat about some common issues people face when having high doses of edibles is so relatable. Overindulging on edibles is the number one “negative” effect that people report to The Kush Nurse as a fear associated with cannabis use, paranoia being the second. 

 

Voneva shares about her teenage daughter using cannabis, her reactions and her policy about cannabis use in her home. As a cannabis patient now, she has had to navigate those past experiences with her family and like so many other parents who use cannabis as medicine she has had to find her own policy of adopting normalization of cannabis use in her home. 

 

As a patient who prefers not to smoke or vape, Voneva shares some of the unpleasant side effects of consuming cannabis without knowledge of dosage as she shares a lighthearted recollection of her first cannabis experiences. Listen in and as always if I can help guide you on your cannabis journey visit the booking page to schedule a nurse consultation.

 

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The biggest concern patients have when they are exploring cannabis is not wanting to smoke it. While smoking cannabis is the mainstream method that is depicted in most social media, movies, videos or magazines there ways to consume cannabis. Most would be surprised to know that smoking while it allows for quick onset of relief is not the most effective or efficient way to consume cannabis. 

Listen in as we discuss the different methods. 

We discuss the risks of smoking and inhaling carcinogens. Alternatives to smoking including dry or oil vaping as a better alternative. Why do routes matter? Each route has it’s own duration. Did you know edibles, tinctures, and patches all have a longer duration than smoking? I talk about the benefits of using sublingual tinctures, edibles, topical preparations, and cannabis transdermal skin patches.

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In this episode, we continue looking at the complicated history of cannabis. 

We pick up in the 1980s and the Reagan era with the war on drugs.

We learn of the discovery of the endocannabinoid system almost 30 years later by Israeli scientist, Dr. Rafael Mechoulam, and how these findings help push our cause forward. 

Lastly but most importantly both episodes share the impact that cannabis criminalization has had on already marginalized communities and the incarceration rates of African Americans, Hispanics, and other POC communities. We look at the divisive and racist propaganda, incarcerations and financial impact that cannabis and the legal systems have used to keep these communities in the margins.


Cannabis at the time of this recording a Schedule 1 drug at the federal level and not considered for medical use. This level of restriction has made it difficult to continue the research necessary to create greater gains in cannabis medicine. However, we continue to champion on and the government begins to take note of the ever-changing green rush.

In this episode, we talk about cannabis as medicine and take a look at the history of cannabis from the 1980’s to the current day. 

  • Cannabis as medicine
  • Dr. Mechoulam discovery of the Endocannabinoid System
  • Reagan Era - War on Drugs
  • Medical Marijuana Law
  • Farm Bill or Agricultural Act of 2014

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