• Cannabis and Anxiety: Navigating the Complex Relationship for Therapeutic Use

    Man with anxiety shaking his head

    Over the years, I have had the privilege of caring for a multitude of patients turning to cannabis as a therapeutic option for anxiety, spanning from general anxiety disorder and situational anxiety to its role in managing PTSD and accompanying depression.

  • CANNRA Panel: How do Policies Affect Patients?

    CANNRA Panel

    Recently President and Founder of the Association of Cannabinoid Specialists, Jordan Tishler, MD, was invited to participate in a panel at the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) 2024 External Stakeholder Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

  • Many Patients Using Cannabis For Health, Yet Medical Cannabis Systems Are Failing

    State Medical Programs Prescription for cannabis.jpg

    State medical cannabis programs are slowly failing.  They are failing largely because they don’t support patient care, neither from the patients’ perspective nor from the practitioners’. 

  • Communicating Cannabis Use Before Surgery

    Communicating Cannabis Use Before Surgery featuring Deondra Asike, MD

    On June 18, 2024, the Association of Cannabinoid Specialists was proud to host the symposium “Communicating Cannabis Use Before Surgery”, featuring Deondra Asike, MD, double board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine.  In this symposium, Dr. Asike discusses the risks associated with cannabis use before surgery.

  • Navigating the Intricacies of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS): Understanding the Unseen Challenges

    Woman vomiting due to cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome

    As the utilization of cannabis transcends traditional boundaries, encompassing medical treatments, recreational indulgence, and wellness pursuits, the profound impact of THC and cannabinoids on gastrointestinal physiology is coming to light.

  • If You’re Prescribing Opioids, Why?


    Don’t get me wrong. I am not part of the anti-opioid crowd. My only interest is in patient well-being which, of course, led me to practice cannabinoid medicine. I firmly believe that there are patients who need opioid medication. So the question really isn’t why are you prescribing opioids, but rather why aren’t you prescribing cannabinoids first.

  • Intoxicating Hemp Products: Why They Matter and Why They Don’t

    Intoxicating Hemp Products

    Recently there has been a lot of discussion in various states about regulating or banning hemp-derived cannabinoids and intoxicating hemp products.  This has come up in part because these hemp-derived products are circumventing state-legal programs as well as posing public health risk due to lack of regulation.  Let’s take a look at why this is important and also where current focus misses the boat.

  • Member Spotlight: Jesse Christianson

    Jesse Christianson RN Spotlight


    Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

    My name is Jesse Christianson, and I have been a registered nurse (RN) since 2016. Currently, I am in the final stages of completing my graduate studies to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), commonly known as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) for those unfamiliar with the terminology.

  • Don’t Smoke Your Medicine

    Smoke cloud

    Whether cannabis is used in a medical or recreational context, doing so in the safest manner possible is paramount.  While there is good evidence that smoking cannabis is less risky than tobacco (1), it likely still poses some risk.

  • Ask Us Anything: A Student Education Forum

    ACS Presents: Ask Us Anything

    On March 26, the Association of Cannabinoid Specialists ( hosted an event in conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.  The event was career focused and used an Ask Us Anything template with questions submitted by students prior to the event.