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Title: Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System and the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis

Mary Lynn Mathre

Patients Out of Time, USA

Biography

Ms. Mathre earned her BSN from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN in 1975.  Served 6 years in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and later earned her MSN from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH in 1985.  Ms. Mathre initially worked as a medical-surgical nurse and changed specialties to addictions nursing in 1987.  Ms. Mathre first learned about the history of medical cannabis while doing her thesis work (Marijuana Disclosure to Health Care Professionals) in 1984-1985 and has since studied in this area.  In 1995 she co-founded Patients Out of Time and in 2010 she co-founded the American Cannabis Nurses Association.  Author, consultant and educator on cannabis.

Abstract

Most practicing nurses are unaware of the newly discovered endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for attaining, maintaining and regaining homeostasis or balance and this newly discovered molecular signalling system is still not taught in most nursing schools.  The ECS helps us understand how and why cannabis is such a safe and versatile medicine.  This presentation will provide an overview of the ECS followed by a review of the active constituents of the cannabis plant, various cannabis preparations, and how to safely administer them.