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Why Bay Area Nurses Are Educating Themselves about Pot

by Andrew Stelzer

The California Report

December 15, 2016

The downtown public library in the East Bay town of Lafayette might not seem the most likely place, but in October about 30 nurses and pharmacists gathered there for a daylong Nurses Medical Cannabis Workshop.

Geriatric nurse Eloise Theisen tells the crowd she generally does not recommend edibles, "especially in somebody I consider to be cannabis naive, somebody who hasn’t used cannabis before. And that’s because they’re super unpredictable."

Case Studies from the Field of Medical Cannabis for Gerontology

by April M. Short

San Francisco Chronicle

March 16, 2017

Eloise Theisen keeps a jumbled voice mail from a patient diagnosed with dementia permanently saved on her phone.

It’s a reminder to the 43-year-old Concord nurse practitioner why she does the work she does: education and consulting about medical marijuana for seniors and senior living facilities. And why she’s considered a rock star of pot gerontology.

Is Weed Glass Ceiling Proof?

Newsweek

2017 Special Edition

(Eloise) Theisen is a nurse who specializes in cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain, ALS, dementia, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, PTSD, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune and neurological diseases. She is also an advocate for medical cannabis---having seen firsthand how it can benefit her patients. She served as a board director for the American Cannabis Nurses Association and is the founder of Green Health Consultants, which offers treatment plans that include medical cannabis and cannabis oil alternatives to those in need of care.

Pot's Healthy New Image

by Marisa Meltzer

Self Magazine

August 26, 2015

Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, an adult geriatric nurse practitioner and director of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, consults with patients—80 percent are women—to offer cannabis treatments for everything from pain and mood disorders to insomnia....

[Theisen says] “[t]inctures are the most common I recommend, for the ability to control your dose.” She likes to prescribe a topical treatment for osteoarthritis, vaping for panic disorder and suppositories for Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

Women in Weed: How Legal Marijuana Could Be the First Billion-Dollar Industry Not Dominated by Men

Newsweek

August 20, 2015

As pot legalization spreads, women are taking over more roles in the industry. There are female cannabis doctors, nurses, lawyers, chemists, chefs, marketers, investors, accountants and professors. The marijuana trade offers women a shortcut to get ahead in many avenues, and women in turn are helping to organize it as a viable business. Mary Lynn Mathre founded and is president of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA), a national organization with 315 members — 271 of whom are women. ACNA board member and director Eloise Theisen in Lafayette, California, created her own medical cannabis treatment clinic, Green Health Consultants.