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California Hospice & Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA)

2009 Annual Conference

Hyatt Hotel San Francisco, CA


Hospice care is a special way of caring for those seeking access to quality end-of-life care.

CHAPCA is committed to expanding access to hospice and palliative care, expert pain and symptom management, with the goal of profoundly enhancing the quality of life for people who are suffering, and for their families and loved ones.

I submitted my proposal to speak at this conference on the "controversial" use of medical marijuana and after they reviewed my proposal I was invited to provide a training module to hospice care clinicians on the use of medical marijuana for pain and symptom management for the terminally ill.

Because marijuana was not ushered onto the medical scene by the pharmaceutical industry traditional methods of training and education have not previously been available to clinicians.

The training in this module gave doctors and nurses the knowledge necessary to competently address the stigma surrounding medical marijuana and counsel patients on the use of medical marijuana with complete confidence that they are providing sound medical advice.

At its heart, hospice care is about bringing comfort to those who suffer. Whether by eliminating nausea and allowing a patient to enjoy a favorite food, or reducing consumption of Opioids thereby enabling a patient to interact in a more meaningful way with loved-ones, or by merely providing peaceful sleep, marijuana delivers therapeutic efficacy and options to hospice care that define palliation, and whose time has come.