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COVID-19 and Medical Cannabis

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Live Webinar May 12th, 4:00pm PT / 6:00pm CT / 7:00pm ET

Master Class Series: COVID-19 and Medical Cannabis

Join Eloise Theisen, AGPCNP-BC, faculty of Pacific College’s Medical Cannabis Certification Program and Timothy Byars from Radicle Health, as they discuss medical cannabis applications for COVID-19. They will:
• Discuss the viral pathogenesis of COVID-19
• Review the applicable information in the medical literature about cannabis
• Speculate about possible uses of cannabis to treat coronavirus symptoms
• Discuss information prevalent in the media and assess for truth, accuracy, and hyperbole
• Debunk some claims about CBD and COVID-19 cures
• Discuss post traumatic stress and how cannabis can be helpful
• Provide some general recommendations

At least 500 distinct coronaviruses (CoV) have been identified in bats, and estimates of bat CoV diversity is greater than 5000. SARS-CoV-2 is unlikely the last that will jump from bats to an intermediate host to humans. In fact, there now have been three zoonotic jumps of highly pathogenic CoV into the human population in less than 20 years.[1] Given the diversity of CoV, and the speed and prevalence of global travel, these pathogens are likely to cause additional pandemics in the future.


Eloise Theisen is one of Pacific College’s Medical Cannabis program expert faculty members. She is a board certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in cannabis therapy. For over 20 years, Eloise has worked primarily with cancer, dementia and chronic pain patients. In the last 6 years, Eloise has focused her efforts on cannabinoid therapies.

Eloise has worked with over 6000 patients to help them effectively treat age-related and chronic illness with cannabis. Eloise is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Radicle Health and Radicle Health Clinician Network.

Eloise was one of the first healthcare professionals to bring a clinical dosing regimen to the cannabis space. In 2019, she was elected President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and will serve through 2022.

In 2019, Eloise co-authored Pain Free with CBD: Everything You Need to Know to Safely and Effectively Use Cannabidiol with Alice O’Leary Randall

Her work has been featured in Newsweek, the SF Chronicle, Leafly, Weedmaps, Merry Jane, and Green Flower Media. Eloise continues to advocate for patients at the local and national level through education and has successfully increased access in local cities.

Timothy Byars
Timothy is a researcher, writer, and curriculum developer with over 20 years experience writing, editing, and developing content. Prior to Radicle Health, Timothy co-founded The Agathist Collective, a consulting and delivery service that helped members—most of whom were seniors—use cannabis to treat chronic and age-related illness. Prior to working in cannabis, Timothy worked for 15 years for Oracle and PeopleSoft as an information architect, technical writer, and curriculum developer.

Timothy has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan, which he self-funded by painting houses, mowing lawns, working retail graveyard shifts, flipping burgers, selling encyclopedias door-to-door, and working on a fishing boat in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. He is currently enrolled in the nation’s first Master’s program in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

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