Monday September 16th 2019

Exploring the Science of Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana
By Susan Trossman, RN

Aspirin is often touted as a wonder drug, while critics challenge the medicinal effects of a natural plant used for centuries — marijuana. As a way to counter those challenges, medical marijuana advocates helped plan a clinical conference in Rhode Island this April in which health care professionals could hear the latest science on cannabis and state initiatives allowing its use.

Nearly 250 nurses, physicians, and patients attended the Sixth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, entitled “Cannabis: The Medicine Plant.” The conference was sponsored by the advocacy organization, Patients Out of Time, and the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, with support from the Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA) and several other organizations.

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