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Medical guidance for CBD can help more than 50 million Americans manage sleep, stress or chronic pain

Clinical entrepreneur and RN provides education to help health professionals provide prescription-free alternatives for health and wellness

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It is no secret Americans are experiencing stress, sleep and pain issues. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 50 to 70 million US adults have a sleep disorder which can often lead to anxiety affecting 31.1% of US adults at some time in their lives. Chronic pain or severe pain affects nearly 50 million American adults who are prescribed varying doses of pain meds including potentially addictive opioids.

Nurses know firsthand the seriousness of these conditions and the pervasive opioid crisis. CBD can be an alternative when clinicians combine it with a reduced number of prescription pain medications for their patients.

“There are no side effects or disease-causing evidence of CBD or THC-prevalent cannabis. I see physicians legally treating patients with cannabis. Many of my patients have reduced prescriptions for sleep, anxiety and pain that required opioid use,” said Dr. Loraine Glaser-Zakem, M.D., an internal medicine physician and founder of Medical Marijuana Health Consultant.

Founder of Tulip Tree, Jeri Schulz, MSN, RN, is a nurse who brings a medical approach to using CBD for anxiety, pain, inflammation, and insomnia symptom relief. “My vision for Tulip Tree focuses on nurses’ and healthcare professionals’ self-care as well as their guidance for consumers facilitated by custom-care plans for the safe and effective use of CBD products, custom dosing, and understanding potential drug interactions.”

Given 56% of Americans support using CBD as a replacement for prescription painkillers, health care professionals treating patients with CBD could result in decreased opioid prescriptions for adequate pain management.

Tulip Tree’s prescription-free, plant-based, alternative to traditional medications provides health care professionals an opportunity to care for themselves and their patients. Their firsthand understanding of CBD’s benefits can be translated into empowering patients and their families on its safe and effective use.

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The power of knowing why and how to use CBD starts with trusted medical professionals such as RNs

Top U.S. health issues call for alternative guidance for insomnia, inflammation, pain

With so many CBD products of varying quality on the market, it’s difficult to know if or when to take products, which products to take and how much. Combining these factors with a lack of labeling requirements prompts legal experts to sum the problem up as people not knowing what they are getting.

Jeri Schulz, MSN, RN, has seen firsthand how healthcare professionals and patients can use CBD to “heal without the high” when properly educated. This experience called her to start Tulip Tree, a CBD products company, that integrates the safe and effective use of CBD into healthcare practices by providing professionals tools for giving advice to patients and taking care of themselves when most days they are taking care of others.

“I want healthcare professionals to have the highest level of confidence when speaking with patients and their families about CBD and its use. A strong knowledge base helps remove stress and empowers care teams,” said Schulz. This knowledge base is especially important because no official CBD certification currently exists for nurses.

Dr. Loraine Glaser-Zakem, a Cincinnati-based internal medicine physician and director of Medical Marijuana Health Consultants, understands the importance of managing or removing stress.

“Patients ask me: ‘what am I getting in these 200 milligrams?’ Many brands say ‘hemp-derived oil’ or ‘CBD oil’ and that can be misleading,” notes Glaser-Zakem. “Most physicians have not educated themselves or [don’t] know much about cannabis and its compounds. It’s a real problem.”

Schulz supports the development of prescribing standards that include indications for use, specific dose, route, expected effect and possible side effects. She believes in establishing evidence-based standards for the therapeutic use of cannabinoids that includes CBD. 

Tulip Tree believes in transparency for its consumers. It collaborates with trusted partners to provide beneficial, safe, reliable and simple products.