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Dispensaries and Hospices – Natural Allies in Enhancing Patient Quality of Life

Staff of Sea Crest Hospice Visits Bud and Bloom

It has always struck me that cannabis dispensaries and hospice care facilities have quite a bit in common when it comes to enhancing the overall quality of life for patients with conditions treatable by medical cannabis.

I recently had the pleasure of hosting many of the nurses from Sea Crest Hospice Services at Bud and Bloom, where we had an engaging and informative discussion about the usage of cannabis as a medicine.  Here are three of the biggest takeaways I got from the exchange:

  1. The Range of Conditions Treatable by Cannabis is Increasing

Our understanding of the active chemicals in cannabis, collectively known as cannabinoids, barely scratches the surface of what is available.  Up until this point, most interest has been focused on THC, which is the primary psychoactive chemical in cannabis.  However, interest is rapidly developing in another class of chemicals, known as Cannabidiol, or CBDs.

In addition to THC and CBD, there are over 100 additional unique cannabinoid chemicals present in marijuana, about the vast majority of which we know virtually nothing.

As our understanding of these chemicals has increased, so has the range of medical conditions it has been approved to treat.  As we gain further insight into medical applications of these chemicals, we will likely see the list of conditions cannabis usage palliates grow even further.

  1. Cannabis Delivery Methods Are Rapidly Improving and Diversifying

From the point of view of a hospice care provider, patient care and comfort are their number one concerns.  In years past, this may have been an adverse impact on hospices willingness to recommend cannabis as a treatment; people with terminal illness may not be able to handle the coughing associated with smoking, for example.

However, this too is rapidly changing.  These days, if someone doesn’t want to or cannot smoke, they have a multitude of other delivery options available for their medicine.  If a patient’s lungs can’t handle, or they simply do not wish to vaporize or smoke, they can take a look at edibles, and other varieties of consumable cannabis products.  If they have stomach conditions which make the idea of edibles unappealing, there are tinctures and cannabis-infused liquids to look at.  Believe it or not, there are even transdermal patches capable of delivering a medical dose of cannabinoids to a patient.

  1. Mutual Educational Opportunities

One thing that really struck me during our conversation is how much that I personally, as a cannabis business owner, stood to gain from listening to and learning from their concerns, along with those of their patients.  For example; one of the things they mentioned is that many of their patients had felt ‘put off’ in a sense by the culture and design of many modern smoke shops and dispensaries.  This wasn’t the first time I had heard this sentiment expressed, indeed, a large part of the inspiration behind the award-winning design and décor of Bud and Bloom was an attempt to counter this impression and provide a space that everyone would find welcoming.

I hope that the nurses and other hospice workers were able to benefit as much from our exchange as I was!


Moving forward, I think that the health care industry and the growing legal cannabis industry will find themselves natural allies when it comes to lobbying to improve access and ease restrictions on the usage of cannabis for medical purposes.  I hope this trend continues, and look forward to developing new relationships in this area, and improving current ones.  Thank you once more for an entertaining and enlightening afternoon, employees of Sea Crest Hospice; I hope we work together again soon!

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