Updated: Feb 28
Insight 》 The Green Nurse Practitioner If you have been fortunate enough to meet The Green NP then you are a witness that there are some truly compassionate advocates within medicine. Those few who actually believe that cannabis can help people, that we aren't just potheads. With years of experience in the medical field and an appreciation for cannabis, The Green NP made it her mission to educate, not just patients but the doctors too! She began sharing her knowledge on instagram around October 2018. In this short period she has become a symbol of compassion and knowledge amongst the cannabis community online. Partnering with doctor's at Winter Park Pain Management and GoFire, the smart inhaler for medical cannabis. She continues to help educate us on the benefits and uses of marijuana.
What brought you into the cannabis industry?
I've been using cannabis for 20 years. I've been in medical field for 13 years. I was in primary care and saw a huge gap in the system; our healthcare system is severely broken. I've always believed in the power of cannabis as a medicine. I self taught myself all about it as a medicine by reading research studies and going to conferences, etc. I helped my ex-father-in-law at his office and was disgusted by what I saw. No proper education, all driven by greed. So I decided to branch off and created @thegreennp last October, not really knowing what exactly I would do with it. Here I am now, almost a year later, working at an office doing education & recommendations, helping people throughout the community and going to conferences.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
The best advice I can give is to just be genuine in what you're doing. Follow your heart and just keep moving. You're not always going to have the answer. You're not always going to know what the hell you're doing, but if you're true to yourself and your passion...that will shine through and you'll end up finding your niche and be happy. I feel like I don't work ever because I genuinely love what I do. Also, never stop learning. I feel like I know so much yet so little because there's just so much to know and it's forever changing as research improves.
What is something you wish more people knew about The Green NP?
I wish people understood how personally I take everything I do and how much it all means to me. This is truly my passion. Cannabis really is medicine to me and I look at it at such a deeper molecular level. I wish people understood how truly powerful this plant is. That's why I make sure to tailor everyone's consultation specifically for them based on their own personal history. I don't just take the education personally though, the connections I have with people really mean everything to me. With me, what you see is what you get...the person you talk to on here is the same exact person you'll meet in life. I take my relationships with everyone to heart. As much as people tell me I help them, in all actuality you all help me. Also, I want people to know that I haven't gone anywhere...I may not post as much but I'm active daily. I just get like 20-30 dms an hour and I pride myself in personally answering each one of them.
What concerns you most about the future of cannabis?
My biggest concern with cannabis is that it will be legalized, but led by all the wrong people that are in it for profit. Then it becomes worse than it was before prohibition somehow, like in a sick twisted world, some big corporate greed will make a pivotal mistake that ends up making the stigma worst. If that makes sense? Like this vaping ordeal...almost feels like the beginning of something that could really get worse.
How would you define the term "CannaBest" in your own words?
Cannabest to me signifies the best of the best, regarding all things cannabis. It's such a complex medicine that requires a community of people, from an array of backgrounds, to get the best of the best. So in essence, it's the best of the best of the cannabis community. 💚
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