The United States is at an important point on its path to legalizing medical and recreational marijuana. At the time of this post, 55 million American citizens report using cannabis. Thirty-four states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have approved comprehensive, publicly available medical marijuana/cannabis programs, while twelve also have legalized adult recreational use.
Still, the healthcare industry has been slow to react. Despite the medical marijuana guidelines produced for nurses by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in 2018, too many front-line healthcare workers are unprepared to help the population navigate the benefits — and concerns — related to its use. It is essential that America prepare its healthcare force for medical and recreational cannabis through comprehensive education. Healthcare providers with an eye to the future are using CBD to improve health conditions of their patients.
In the following infographic, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine looks at 11 ways healthcare providers are using CBD to improve health and wellness in patients.