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CBD For Nurses (RN’s) – Everything You Need To Know

CBD for the RN – Can Nurses Take CBD?

If you’re a nurse, it’s likely that you’ve either looked into taking CBD for yourself or you’ve had experience with patients that use the cannabinoid. The questions that nurses ask me about CBD are the same for the fire service: 


  1. How can CBD benefit me as a nurse
  2. Does CBD cause a failed drug test? My nursing job randomly drug tests me.
  3. There are a million brands and it’s confusing: what’s the difference in quality between products?
  4. As a nurse am I allowed to take cannabinoids? What about intoxication?


I want to break down all of these. But, straight to the point: CBD has been shown to improve sleep, reduce inflammation and improve mood. Sounds amazing, right?


We’ve been working with firefighters for three years and have had incredibly positive reviews and feedback in these areas of relief and zero failed drug tests.


The same holds true for nursing. You have a stressful job, you work shifts, your sleep cycles are either completely backwards or disrupted at night. We’re in the same boat. 


How can CBD benefit nurses?


Reducing inflammation

And I’m not talking about the inflammation in your feet and your back from a 12 hour shift (although topical CBD is great for that). I’m talking about the chronic inflammation our body goes through, that oxidative stress, that’sA 3D rendering of a human body showing areas of inflammation that CBD addresses in nurses common amongst healthcare workers for a number of reasons. Reducing that Reactive Oxidative Species (ROS) can add years to your life, since increased chronic inflammation is responsible for the range of diseases from coronary artery disease to cancer and Parkinson’s. 


Research on CBD has shown it’s an effective anti-inflammatory, working on the same mechanism of action as prednisone (reduction of cytokines). CBD also appears to support the activity of a protein coding gene called peroxisome proliferator activated receptor—gamma (PPARg).


This gene can inhibit the expression of cytokines and direct immune cells toward expressing non-inflammatory functions.


Improving sleep

In several human and animal studies, CBD is shown to balance the hormones in your brain (endocannabinoids called AEA and 2AG) that are responsible for setting the “master clock” of your circadian rhythm. An area of the braina chalkboard with the word "sleep" written in chalk, highlighting CBD's use to improve sleep for nurses. called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). It’s not exactly know how or why CBD improves REM and non REM sleep but nearly 70% of humans using CBD were found to have improved sleep quality and over 79% had reduced anxiety. Dr. Matt Walker PhD, sleep scientist from UC Berkeley, states that CBD reduces body temperature slightly (very important for sleep) and also reduces anxiety before bed. 

Even if you’re a nurse who doesn’t work nights, it’s likely your sleep at night when your off is disrupted simply due to elevated stress hormones like cortisol and over stimulation. This is where CBD can help


Improving mood

There are studies over the decades showing how CBD increases serum serotonin levels. There’s a direct antagonism of the 5HT1A receptors from the cannabinoids that CBD stimulates and multiple studies show humans and animals both have reductions in the symptoms of anxiety as well as fear when taking at least 30mg of CBD. 


Not saying that CBD is going to turn you into Nurse Sunshine and Rainbows but if you can go into work having the edge taken off, it would be pretty amazing. 


Drug testing

CBD is completely non-psychoactive. It has been proven safe to take while driving and is legal in all 50 states. The only time it’s unacceptable to take CBD is if your employer specifically prohibits it. We will never encourage or endorse breaking your employers rules, CBD is also not tested in your urine, the metabolites of THC are, so thereforeA passed urinalysis drug test for CBD and THC taking CBD and being tested for THC will not cause a failed drug test. 


IF and only if your CBD product has 0.000% THC in it. Taking CBD with trace amounts of THC can and will eventually cause a failed drug test. 



Choosing CBD products that are safe for nurses

This leads us to the question of product and quality. I wanted to share with you what we do vs others:


Our process

  1. We source our hemp from Colorado
  2. It’s sent to a lab to turn the hemp flower into distillate (a very thick product that contains THC in it from the hemp plant)
  3. The distillate is then converted to CBD isolate and it is continuously refined until it has 0.000% THC. It’s lab-verified to have non-detectable levels of THC at this point
  4. The CBD isolate is also sent to a 3rd party lab to double-check that it’s 0.000% THC
  5. The isolate is then mixed with MCT oil and terpenes derived from fruits and other plants
  6. The finished product is then sent to a 3rd party lab again to verify we portioned the CBD correctly, there are no contaminants and that there is truly 0.000% THC once again.


Long story short, we’re obsessed with making sure the product is perfect every single time. 


So, when evaluating products for quality it all comes down to lab testing. You must evaluate a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) to read:

  • CBD content (getting what you paid for)
  • 0.000% THC (Safe For The Job)
  • Free of contaminants (metals, bacteria, etc)
  • Timely (e.g. not from a year ago)

In Conclusion

CBD for nurses can help improve sleep, reduce anxiety and inflammation and is Safe For The Job when proven to be 0.000% THC. No THC = No failed drug tests for THC.


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