Coming up Sept. 29 in Louisville, KY: The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis: What Nurses Need to Know

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The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis:

What Nurses Need to Know

With Guest Presenter:

Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, a medical cannabis consultant and addictions nurse consultant, co-founder of Patients Out of Time

Friday, September 29, 2017

9:00 am- 4:05 pm

Holiday Inn Louisville East- Hurstbourne

Patient care is your #1 priority, which is why you are great at what you do!

RN’s, NP’s, ARNP’s in all areas of practice, especially; pain management, hospice, palliative care, geriatrics, neurology, oncology, substance abuse, mental health, physical medicine, rehabilitation and all other healthcare professionals please join us on September 29th in Louisville, KY to learn more on the ground-breaking advancements of how Cannabis is offering a better quality of life to patients.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the major components of the ECS

2. Summarize the overall function of the ECS

3. Identify various therapeutic actions of cannabinoids/terpenes/cannabis

4. Compare and contrast THC and CBD

5. Describe alternative methods of cannabis administration other than smoking

6. Describe the interaction of cannabis with opioids

7. Describe the legal status of cannabis under your state law & federal law

8. Formulate appropriate patient education on the safe use of cannabis

9. Develop a personal plan as a patient advocate as it relates to the marijuana prohibition

 

6.6 CONTACT HOURS PROVIDED BY: The Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA). Kentucky Nurses Association is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Kentucky Board of Nursing 1-0001-1-18-050.The KBN approval of an individual nursing continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement of offering content. Must stay for duration of program to be awarded contact hours for continuing nursing education, provide license number or social security number upon registration and complete an evaluation for the program. Partial credit will not be awarded for any session. And we reserve the right to cancel or alter the program if unanticipated circumstances necessitate change.

Registration Fees

Pre-registration deadline: September 25, 2017

KNA member: Preregistered: $50 Day of Registration: $75

Non-member: Preregistered: $65 Day of Registration: $90

(Event registration fee includes 6.6 Contact hours and course materials. Lunch will be provided.)

Payment/Refund Policy

All payments due prior to beginning of event. No refunds. Registration fee is transferrable for day of event only and can be assigned to a new attendee.

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The Eleventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics May 2017 in Berkeley, CA

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Cannabis: Protecting Patients and Reducing Harm

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On May 18-20, 2017, Patients Out of Time will hold The Eleventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in beautiful Berkeley, California! The theme for the conference will be “Cannabis: Protecting Patients and Reducing Harm.” #Patients2017

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At The Eleventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, faculty from around the world and across the US will present on their state-of-the-art scientific and medical research findings and clinical experiences, as well as cutting edge legal strategies and organizing tactics. While intended for health care professionals, this conference will be of great benefit for patients, legal professionals, and the public who wish to educate themselves about this remarkable plant.

marina36Immediately prior to the main conference, on Thursday May 18th, Patients Out of Time will offer continuing education workshops. Over the years our pre-conference workshops have given us the opportunity to partner with other, specialized organizations working on medical cannabis, including Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access. These workshops are suited for people at all levels, from the novice to the most seasoned. This year, we’re pleased to offer workshops in four separate areas of focus, providing training for Physicians & Health Care Providers, Nurses, Attorneys, and Patients.

If you are on Twitter, the hashtag for this event is #Patients2017, and be sure that you’re following @PatientsOOTime for up-to-the-minute news, information, and conference updates!

This interdisciplinary event will also offer excellent opportunities to network with colleagues, and to review new products, services, and information from our Exhibitors! If you’re interested in exhibiting at The Eleventh National Clinical Conference, mmj17016-exhibitor-form-2017, fill it out, and email it to laramie@patientsoutoftime.org.

Members of the media interested in covering the conference may click here to apply for credentials.

hotelWe negotiated an excellent room rate at the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina, and we expect rooms to go quickly. Making your reservation using our group discount is easy. Just click here to get started.

If you call instead, the group name for the conference is:
Eleventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics

And our group code is:
CAN

That group code is to be used when making reservations online as well as by phone. The phone number for reservations is: 800-559-4655

Patients Out of Time is a 501c3 and your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, including donation of items for the auction and support for scholarship funds. If you are interested in donating any items for this year’s auction, please contact laramie@patientsoutoftime.org.

We have also set up a scholarship fund to which you can contribute via paypal (btw, you won’t have to have an actual paypal account for that, that service lets you bypass that and just use your credit or debit card). Your donations allow people who have a limited income – including patients, activists, and veterans – to reap the benefits of attending this world-class conference.

We’ll see you in Berkeley this May!

Previous Conferences
To get an idea of what’s in store in 2017, check out these video highlights from previous years:


Fallout From Cannabis Prohibition – from the 2016 Patients Out of Time’s Conference in Baltimore, MD. Featuring Neill Franklin from LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), Jeff and Chris Mizanskey, Dolores Halbin, and Paul Bregman. Heart rending tales of the legal abuse of victims in the war on marijuana.


Why Are We Poisoning Our Veterans? PTSD, TBI and Suicide – from the 2015 Patients Out of Time Conference in West Palm Beach, FL
Presenter Bryan Krumm, CPN,MSN,APRN-BC, with Veterans Perry Parks, Bob Jordan, and Jacques Stiegelman


Alan Silber, Michael Cutler & Connie Elkins McKelvey present legal issues regarding Healthcare Providers and Patients access to Herbal Cannabis. (Portland, OR, 2014)


Conference Highlights – 2015, West Palm Beach, Florida


Slideshow – 2016, Baltimore, Maryland
This slideshow was created using photographs from the acclaimed photographer David Sygall whose portfolio spans from iconic 1967 Jimi Hendrix images to the present.

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It’s easy to support the work of Patients Out of Time by becoming a member! You can also use the links below to make a tax-deductible donation securely online via PayPal. You can even direct your support toward scholarships to our next national clinical conference on cannabis therapeutics, which will be held in Berkeley, California, May 18-20, 2017!

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Sept. 25: The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

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The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis:
What Nurses Need to Know

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. [Registration from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.]

Location: NMC Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI

Contact Hours: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #16044, for 6 contact hours

Cost: $50.00* until September 24 (*for Healthcare Professionals seeking CEUs; specially discounted rates for patients, the general public, and for HCPs not seeking CEUs), $60 to register at the door on September 25. A syllabus will be provided for all attendees registering to claim CEU credits.

Click here to register for this seminar.

You can download a flyer for this seminar by clicking here.

About the program: This timely and provocative seminar will include an overview of cannabis, the various cannabinoids (endogenous, phyto-cannabinoids and pharmaceutical cannabinoid products) and the newly discovered endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) that is present in all humans. By understanding the ECS, it becomes more clear as to how and why cannabis is a safe and effective medication for a wide array of illnesses and conditions. The healthcare professional’s role in patient care and education regarding the safe use of cannabis, including ingestion methodologies and interactions with prescription opiates, will be discussed. State and federal laws regarding cannabis as medicine will also be presented.

There will be short comfort breaks in the morning and afternoon, and a break for lunch. Lunch is on your own.

Presenter: Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, is a medical cannabis consultant and addictions nurse consultant, co-founder of Patients Out of Time and Past President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.
An attorney with expertise in Michigan cannabis law will also present at this seminar.

Refunds in cases of non-attendance (less $20.00 administrative handling fee) will be provided upon notice to Patients Out of Time if received seven (7) days in advance of the seminar. After that time, no refunds will be given.

The venue: The Hagerty Center is a premier waterfront venue for lifelong learning in Traverse City, Michigan. Within steps of downtown Traverse City, the Hagerty Center is situated on Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus along the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay. Directions for travel as well as other information is available on the Hagerty Center website.

This seminar is sponsored by Patients Out of Time, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to educate all disciplines of health care professionals, their specialty and professional organizations, and the public at large about medical cannabis (marijuana).

Also on September 24-25, 2016, the Center for Compassion hosts the first Great Lakes Patient Care Conference in Traverse City. This event, sponsored by the nonprofit Michigan Growers Association, will provide the public, patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn about the health benefits of cannabis.

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized Or Not? pt. 2

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Al Byrne, co-founder of Patients Out of Time, CEO of Veterans for Compassionate Care LLC, and Founding Director of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, recently had a piece published by the website WalletHub on the question of “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?” Following is ML’s article, which also appears here.)

Should Marijuana Be Legalized Or Not? pt. 2

I am a DEA certified cannabis expert. I am a Veteran. I am a patient.

Let’s get it down right. ‘Marijuana’ is slang. The subject of my comment is a plant, an herb, correctly called ‘cannabis.’ It is not a drug. Cannabis compounds may be used therapeutically. Cannabis compounds are identical to compounds in all humans, in all living creatures excepting insects, produced by the ‘Endocannabinoid System’ (ECS) which regulates all physiological systems: pulmonary, neurological, immune, etc. All creatures have cannabis compound/ECS receptors in every organ: heart, brain, lungs, skeleton, skin, etc.

Veterans use cannabis to reduce or eliminate opiates, pharmaceuticals and alcohol legally, medically, in Veteran Health Administration (VHA) facilities in 27 states. Veteran suicides are around four dozen a day. Vets that use cannabis reduce suicidal thoughts.I have used cannabis for pain and PTSS for 40 years-plus. I have interviewed hundreds of Vets on international radio (archived) that confirm my written words. The VHA has allowed cannabis therapeutic use for over six years without a reported problem.

What I really want is for Vets to be treated equally in the VHA system. The VHA leadership are health care professionals: MD’s, RN’s, science based PhD’s. In July 2010, by directive, the VHA declared cannabis was a medicine and its use in VHA facilities by Vets who complied with state law would be incorporated into their treatment protocol. The injustice is personal. An insult to my Brothers and Sisters. We are pissed. If I lived in Maine and sought help in a VA facility I would be welcomed. I live in Florida. As a cannabis patient seeking help in a VA facility, security would be called and escort me from the grounds, warned to return only when I had no cannabis in my system.

I am thankful to those in the VHA that stood for Veterans all they could. VHA policy, ignored by Congress, is now the most illogical, immoral, modern medically unethical protocol ever undertaken, and it is inflicted on wounded U.S. military Veterans!

All I see are bad medical cannabis laws or none at all in some states. Lawyers and cops have taken control of a medical issue, witches with not a scintilla of medical or nursing education. Quacks. The medical community has abrogated their responsibility to those ‘practicing medicine without a license.’

Veterans faced death and survived, and now we are supposed to wait for charlatans to decide if the VHA can provide equal health care? We did not sacrifice, our cohorts did not die or suffer for ignorance to prevail. If legalization provides equal care in the VHA I’m for it.

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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(Patients Out of Time co-founder and President, Mary Lynn Mathre, recently had a piece published by the website WalletHub on the question of “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?” Following is ML’s article, which also appears here.)

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

First of all, we should call it Cannabis – the proper name for this highly beneficial plant. There is much baggage with ‘marijuana’ or ‘marihuana,’ the Mexican name for this ancient plant. The alcohol prohibition had ended in the 1930s and the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs needed a new drug menace to justify their existence. Cannabis was a well-known and commonly used medicine, but the bureau’s head, Harry Anslinger, purposely used the Mexican name for cannabis to create a reefer madness hysteria about a ‘new and dangerous drug’ that was based on lies, racism and greed. And today, despite all of the national studies that fail to justify its prohibition, cannabis remains illegal under federal law.

Over the last several decades I’ve come to realize that the larger question should be: How did we ever allow a PLANT to become prohibited by law in the first place? The idea that we have been accepting the prohibition of this plant and the subsequent punishment for those who plant its seeds, grow the plant, use the plant, share or sell the plant is totally insane.

We haven’t banned grapevines, yet one can make wine from the grapes. We haven’t banned grains, yet one can make alcoholic beverages from them. We haven’t banned tobacco even though it is linked to more than 400,000 annual deaths. We haven’t banned the toxic plant Foxglove from which digitalis, a heart medication, is made. We haven’t banned mushrooms – some of which are poisonous while others are hallucinogenic. We haven’t banned poison ivy, even though this plant causes harm to most who come in contact with it. Why have we allowed cannabis to be prohibited?

Cannabis is a remarkable non-toxic plant along with its low-THC cousin hemp. Yes, one can dry the leaves and flowers of the plant and smoke them or make medicinal products from the plant (which may or may not have psychoactive properties depending upon the amount of ONE of the cannabinoids found in the plant). But beyond its use as an intoxicant or as an herbal medicine, the plant can be used to make food, fuel, paper, building materials, bedding, skin and hair products, textiles, biodegradable plastics and more. And I haven’t even mentioned the newly discovered endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps explain how and why cannabis is essential for optimal health.

The DEA has placed cannabis in Schedule I (the forbidden drug category) of the Controlled Substances. A synthetic form of THC was developed in capsule form and was approved as a Schedule II medicine in 1985 and several years later down-regulated to Schedule III. How is it possible that the one chemical in the plant that causes the ‘high’ is legal, while the whole plant is forbidden?

As a nurse, I know of no other plant that can provide so many health benefits to individuals, communities, and the planet. The prohibition of the cannabis/hemp plant is a crime against nature. Let’s end the insanity and free this plant.

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Free Webinar – Streaming Live May 10 6-8pm eastern time

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Dr. Dustin Sulak, regarded as one of the world’s leading practicing experts on medical cannabis, will be presenting a free public seminar on how medical cannabis can provide a major solution to the opioid addiction epidemic. As part of the presentation, Dr. Sulak will talk about how cannabis has helped many of his own patients with opioid addiction and the latest findings from scientific studies worldwide on this subject.
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“We are in the throes of an opioid abuse crisis and are desperately searching for an answer. It’s time we acknowledge the solution that’s right in front of us and make this life-saving treatment available for those dependent on opioids. Cannabis has been proven to relieve chronic pain while reducing and replacing the use of opioids. It also relieves the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and decreases opioid craving. There is no toxic or lethal overdose of cannabis, and thousands of patients in Maine are already effectively using cannabis to replace opioids and other addictive substances. “ Dr. Dustin Sulak

He will discuss how medical cannabis, like any other legalized medicine, requires proper dosing procedures along with patient and provider education. Dr. Sulak will introduce Healer.com, a free comprehensive medical cannabis education resource for patients, the public and medical professionals. Access www.Healer.com, to learn how to best use cannabis, find your correct dosage, and achieve optimal therapeutic results.

When: May 10, 2016
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Tickets: FREE, Go to www.Healer.com/events
Where: USM, Hannaford Hall.
The FREE event will be livestreamed online.

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The Tenth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics

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Cannabis: A Botanical Medicine

Patients Out of Time comes of age this year–celebrating our 21st year as the leading source of accredited education on the newly discovered endocannabinoid system and the therapeutic use of natural cannabis!

baltimore_harberWe hope you will join us at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel for The Tenth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, April 14-16.  The 2016 theme – Cannabis: A Botanical Medicine – is in celebration of this remarkable plant.  This interdisciplinary conference will bring together leaders in the herbal/botanical world with cannabis/cannabinoid researchers, clinicians, patients and caregivers. Our faculty includes speakers from Canada, Israel, Hungary, Scotland, Spain and across the US. Here’s a tentative agenda (as of Feb 10). A complete agenda and full list of faculty will be posted soon. More information and registration available here.

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Registration Open for 10th National Clinical Cannabis Conference April 14-16, 2016 in Baltimore, MD

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Cannabis: A Botanical Medicine

Patients Out of Time comes of age this year–celebrating our 21st year as the leading source of accredited education on the newly discovered endocannabinoid system and the therapeutic use of natural cannabis!

baltimore_harberWe hope you will join us at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel for The Tenth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, April 14-16.  The 2016 theme – Cannabis: A Botanical Medicine – is in celebration of this remarkable plant.  This interdisciplinary conference will bring together leaders in the herbal/botanical world with cannabis/cannabinoid researchers, clinicians, patients and caregivers. Our faculty includes speakers from Canada, Israel, Hungary, Scotland, Spain and across the US. A full list of faculty will be posted soon.

POOT_clock_smallPrior to the main conference, we will hold several pre-conference Workshops on Thursday, April 14th. For health care providers new to medical cannabis, we encourage you to attend an overview of the endocannabinoid system, dosing methods, and legalitiesClinicians should see the new science on dosing with cannabis, including animal-study results followed by individualized human dosing and lab-tested cannabis formulations. For lawyers, policy makers, and practitioners interested in legal issues we have a seminar that provides CLEs while teaching dispensary and banking rules, medical necessity, and using science in defense strategy. And finally, we are offering a workshop designed especially for our military Veteransand their family members to help them understand the potential value of medical cannabis and their rights related to the use of this medicine.

POOT_clock_smallWith 23 medical cannabis states and an additional 17 states with CBD-only cannabis laws, it is imperative for health care providers to understand how to use this botanical medicine, the relative risks and benefits, as well as how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. Patients are using this medicine and they look for guidance from their health care provider. Along with presenting state-of-the-art science, this conference offers an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and see new products and sources of information from our Exhibitors.

POOT_clock_smallAnd don’t forget to register for the Friday night benefit dinner! Along with a great meal, we will have a live auction and comedy by the Wise Quacks from Canada! Not to be missed!

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Make your hotel reservations early, we expect rooms to go quickly! Smartphone/mobile device users, note: We’ve learned that the hotel’s mobile site is experiencing temporary problems in processing registrations, so though it is working for desktop users, people are currently unable to make hotel reservations for the conference using their celphone’s browser. They are working to resolve the problem and they hope to have their mobile site fully functional soon. Meanwhile, reservations can be made using a desktop device, or you can call the hotel directly at 1.855.695.6691, using the conference registration code POD12A.

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