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Curious about the medical properties of cannabis, Meredith Patterson RN, BSN, CRRN aka “the brain nurse”, provides a “tour guide through the lobes” as she writes a series of popular science cannabis blogs for GB Sciences.
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — GB Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB: GBLX) introduces “the brain nurse”, Meredith Patterson RN, BSN, CRRN. In her over 25yrs of experience in neuroscience nursing, Meredith has learned the value of questions. When she first heard patients extolling the virtues of cannabis for serious medical conditions, such as Parkinson’s as well as difficult to treat ongoing conditions such as chronic pain, she got curious.
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It’d been pretty clear to Meredith for some time that the traditional medical system was broken. It’s the one where the patient goes to the doc and the doc, pressed for time, diagnoses without listening to the patient. As a nurse, you are taught to listen to the patient and in doing so become an advocate for the patient. However, a nurse can’t prescribe. This is unlike the world of medical marijuana one where self-dosing is possible. At this point, Meredith steps in as advocate and teacher making hard cannabis science accessible to the masses. She puts the science in a language that a patient can understand and is therefore better educated to prescribe for one’s self.
Meredith now writes a series of blogs in which she explains all the benefits, dispels the misconceptions and helps put minds at ease about a drug that’s been vilified for so long. What follows is her first in a series of blogs which focus on CBD.
How CBD Works as a Multi-Tasker
In the wake of the rescheduling of CBD from a Schedule 1 (like heroin) to a Schedule 5 (like Sudafed), I went on a research quest to discover more about the popular uses of CBD, the so-called non-psychoactive component of cannabis. The second CBD dispensary I visited on my research was abuzz with activity on a hot Friday afternoon.
Inside were three employees and the store owner, a quiet-spoken young man who briefed me on his wares – vapes, buds, tinctures, gummy candies, even coffees infused with CBD. A few minutes later a camera man from a local television station showed up along with a high school student and his mother to film their story “from drugs to CBD.”
“This is our best-seller, “said one of the sales clerks, pointing to a brown vial called “Calm”. Also popular were formulas called “Focus “and “Energy” alongside another tincture promoting sleep. No surprise here – relief from stress, anxiety, distraction, and insomnia are the most common complaints I hear about every single day. Medicine doesn’t have good answers for these problems outside of a heavy reliance on prescription medications and sleep-apnea tests.
The energy in the CBD store was palpable as more customers crowded inside. The experience reminded me of shopping at the early Apple stores, the shiny objects beckoning from their neatly-arranged positions under glass counters.
The products are pricey, $30-$200 for a one-month-supply bottle. And the unflavored CBD oil I sampled can be kindly described as earthy, as if a plant stalk had been chopped up and pulsed in a food processor. (The shopkeeper told me “it’s an acquired taste.”) But business was brisk and few customers left empty-handed.
This CBD compound can interact in many processes of the human brain and body. That explains how it can be so many things for so many people. So my research continues.
GB Sciences’ Chairman and CEO John Poss comments, “Meredith is an important part of the GB team. Her experience and intellectual curiosity bring to the public a better understanding of the medical foundations of cannabis.”