Can Cannabis Change the Crossroads of Healthcare Coverage?

Posted 8/1/2017

Healthcare in America is broken, there’s no doubt about that. What to do to fix it is where the debate occurs. Democrats are vying for a “Single Payer” option, where all Americans have coverage funded through taxes. Republicans want skinny plans that cost less, but also cover nothing. As a health policy wonk, there’s no doubt in my mind, we are ‘on our own’ for a while to come.

So, what can the average American struggling to manage chronic conditions do now? First, assess what your needs are, and what you’re doing to address them. What conditions do you have, and what treatment is available? Generally, this means pills you take to alleviate symptoms, and pills don’t do anything to actually fix the problem. And there are significant costs now since many medications are no longer tier 1. Higher tiers have a $250 deductible, and some RX aren’t even covered. They have formulary lists, deductibles, and coinsurance instead of copays.

The next thing to consider is whether procedures or surgeries can help you? That’s when you find insurance contract stinks! If you have something fixable, how many hoops do you have to jump through, and what are the deductibles and coinsurance associated with that? The average bronze coverage now has a deductible of $6,500, and an out of pocket maximum of $6,800. Add on top of that $500-800/month for premiums, and you just get angry. Finally, will surgery actually help or hurt? I’ve had 3 shoulder surgeries, and only the last one helped. After 2 failed operations, they said I had fibromyalgia, and all I can do is take pills, and go to physical therapy. PT helped some, but what helped most is when I found high CBD cannabis oil, & micro dosed myself with small amounts of THC. I found my path to sanity!

My health is in my own hands. Yours is too. We’re in this together, and it’s one day at a time. If you’d like to try the holistic path, to use cannabis as medicine, and to be guided and supported in doing so, call us today. Elisabeth covers the metro areas of San Diego County, and our new RN Teri Polley-Michea is covering North County. We also work by phone and Skype to get a treatment plan going for you anywhere. Call 619-880-5135.

What might help more? Is it worth a shot???

The challenges to managing serious illness, cancer, chronic pain, neurological disorders, anxiety, depression and insomnia are many. Clinicians need every available tool to guide patients toward healing. An integrated approach allows for creativity, intuition, and science to blend.

The promise of CBD & THC therapeutics is vast for both acute and chronic issues in patient care. But few providers have felt empowered or educated on how to use cannabis as medicine. Holistic Caring is a nursing organization set up to educate, support, and guide patients through the maze of healing options available from cannabis.

Holistic Caring works with patients of all ages – children with epilepsy and autistic disorders, Seniors battling chronic pain avoiding opiates and benzodiazepines, and all ages in between. Medicines have been created that are safe and easy to use – tinctures and extracts, concentrates, topicals and transdermals, capsules and suppositories, micro-dosed edibles, and vaporization. We can help you comfortably add cannabis medicine to the toolkit. We meet 1:1 with the patient and family, and help them assess, plan, and implement cannabis as an option, evaluating effectiveness and modifying as needed.

Cannabinoids are neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory in a gentle manner that is natural to the body. The Endocannabinoid system was discovered in 1992, and is a system of neuromodulators which aid the signaling processes needed to keep us in balance. We’ve got more CB1 & CB2 receptors in our body than any other, aiding homeostasis at the cellular level. THC actually mimics a CB1 agonist Anandamide, which is why supplementation can assist with so many dysfunctions at once, bringing balanced communication to our internal biology. In shorthand, general inflammation is reduced, and that leads to the kinds of relief that everyone welcomes.

Results can be dramatic and rapid, or slow and steady. Experimentation is needed, but most people do find a way to take advantage of the benefits while minimizing side effects. Timing is needed to integrate it into a care plan that may already be cluttered. Results depend on how quickly the endocannabinoid balance is restored. Sometimes CBD is sufficient, but small amounts of THC enhance the entourage effect as the whole plant needs to work together. There is an art to dosing for effect, but not for ill effect. Our motto at Holistic Caring is “heal without the high”. Small doses of high CBD, low THC ratios timed with your activity levels work well to ease pain, increase energy, promote sleep, lower anxiety, spark appetite, and improve mood. Cannabis strengthens connection between us, breaking patterns of constant thinking and allowing us to feel deeper bonds with people, nature, and the nurturing we need.

Please call us to discuss how we might work together to add another option to your care. We’ll educate you on the options available to you, the questions you should ask before purchasing cannabis supplements, and how to time your medicines with other RX for safety. Learn about adding cannabis to your treatment plan so that you feel empowered and ready for your next step.

Elisabeth Mack, RN, MBA 619-880-5135


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