Cannabis, which has been widely used as a medicinal plant since ancient times, was brought to Western Europe in 19 century by Napoleon’s soldiers who had fought in North Africa. Nurses and other caregivers should be informed about the therapeutic effects of cannabis and how it can interact with other drugs is prescribed to the patient. It ‘also essential that the patient use of cannabis is well documented in the documents and other professionals, pharmacists, physicians and teams of substance abuse are required to provide advice, with their permission.
The purpose of our study was to examine the literature and awareness of the problems and dilemmas of the medical profession, particularly nurses, when it comes to treating patients who use cannabis for medical reasons.
The nurses are more likely to treat patients who use medical cannabis and it is important that they put their personal views aside and address the health consequences of drug use, said Dr. Green, a nurse for the Partnership Council NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Fellow at Sussex University in Brighton.
Nurses have a responsibility to respect and support patients who use cannabis for medicinal purposes, but must remain within the law and follow the advice of professionals of all time, according to a research journal in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.
Nurses have a responsibility to maximize the quality of patient care for life, but must also be reminding them that the medical use of cannabis remains illegal? Asks Dr. Green. Or should respect the right of the patient taking the medication and just make sure it does not conflict with other treatments, such as prescription drugs?
Meanwhile, it is essential that nurses and other health care providers acting within the law and follow the guidelines established by their professional organizations.
It ‘clear that the debate is essential and that nurses need support and advice to help them cope with these difficult dilemmas and provide the best care they can for their patients without compromising their professional integrity.
And ‘repeatedly stressed in the literature that the development of cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids isolated for medicinal purposes is still in its infancy and has a long way to go.
They note that the fact that cannabis is usually obtained illegally can have consequences for those who choose to use it for its medicinal and create dilemmas for nurses and other health professionals who care for them. For example, it is essential that any drug use is recorded on the patient’s for their safety, but many patients may be unfortunate for this to happen.
Our study shows that the general opinion of the integration of drugs derived from cannabis for medical use public remains extremely cautious, says Dr. Green. Most of the research that we reviewed indicated that there was a need for more clinical trials examining the routes of administration and optimal dosage regimens.
Its medicinal use was supported in European and American medical articles as far back as 1849, but was banned in the United Kingdom in 1928 after the delegates of the United Kingdom at an international conference of opium were convinced that cannabis caused insanity.
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Anita Kay-De Vries has studied more than 50 articles published with the professional guidance and government officials and media reports, from 1996 to 2009.