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Cannabis Patients Out Of Time
Learn how cannabis can help those are dying.
Cannabis Patients Out Of Time is an organization built on LOVE.
Above is Mary Lynn Mathre and Al Byrne.
Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, is a co-host of Cannabis Patients Out Of Time. She is a cannabis nurse educator and addictions consultant. The Cannabis Patients Out of Time organization is a dedicated to educating health care professionals and the public about the therapeutic use of cannabis. It also is focused on the emerging science on the endocannabinoid system. She is the President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association. It is a specialty nursing organization with the mission to advance excellence in cannabis nursing practice through advocacy and policy development.
Al Byrne is a co-host of Cannabis Patients Out Of Time. He is also the Co-founder of Cannabis Patients Out of Time. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) from 1989 to 1994. Al is a United States representative of patient advocacy for the European based International Academy of Cannabis Medicine (IACM). He co-produced the award winning video “Marijuana as Medicine. Mr. Byrne is a co-founded of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access. The organization is designated as a Veteran service organization. The group works to help Vets obtain medical cannabis.
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Terminal illness is, by definition, an illness that is going to result in death. By the time an illness is deemed terminal, it is incurable and not treatable with any hope of successfully prolonging life. Treatments for terminal illness are typically geared toward quality of life and comfort. Because many illnesses can become terminal and many more are terminal by nature, there are numerous and varied symptoms associated with terminal illness that may require treatment. As such, countless care and medicine options may assist in end of life treatment. Some of the most common symptoms that caregivers seek to alleviate in patients with terminal illness are pain, depression, digestive discomfort, nausea and loss of appetite.
While treating these symptoms will not cure terminal illness, it can make patients feel more comfortable. Though dosages are still kept within safe limits to avoid overdosing terminal patients, there is typically no holding back of medication at this point, due to the nature of terminal illness. Therefore, controversial treatment with medical marijuana tends to be more common in terminal illnesses and in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Medical marijuana has been shown to help with nearly all of the common symptoms that appear in terminal illness. There is evidence that it works with chronic pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and possibly even depression, as it can affect a patient’s mood. It can also help terminally ill patients sleep.
Legal medical marijuana such as Marinol is approved by the FDA. In some states, smoked marijuana is also legal under state law but still illegal under federal law. Both forms of medical marijuana have been shown to help with pain. They are not pain relievers, but can work with opiates to make them more effective. According to UCSF, they conducted a study using cannabinoids with opiates and found that patients showed up to 95% decrease in chronic pain when using inhaled marijuana vapor with opiates such as morphine. It also showed that the dosages of opiates could be decreased when opiates are used in conjunction with cannabinoids.
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