ROWAN COUNTY, NC – On a sunny June afternoon, Nicole Ryan sits on a picnic bench at Patterson Farms in Rowan County with a client suffering from joint pain and stiffness in her hands.
“I think a lot of nurses jump on this healing journey and that’s why we’re so compassionate and empathetic,” Ryan said.
Ryan was a registered nurse at Atrium Health Cabarrus. He began his career in 2020, around the beginning of the pandemic.
“It was a really crazy time then, everyone’s anxiety was high,” Ryan said.
Ryan then suffered an accident with his dog, which left her with broken bones in her knee, crutches, and debilitating pain.
“I wasn’t very lucky with the pharmaceuticals they gave me, the opioids made me sick,” Ryan said.
He found healing in cannabis oil, and his way of looking at pain medications and pills changed.
“I realized very early on with my own self that there was a real gap between traditional medicine and herbal medicine, and there needed to be someone to help navigate people,” Ryan said.
Ryan left nursing to become a full-time cannabis consultant after seeing positive results from her clients with CBD, CBG and THC products.
He says his products only have 0.3 THC, the legal amount in North Carolina. He would like to see more, because higher THC levels increase the effectiveness of the products.
“I’ve heard from clients in California and in the cannabis legal states that my ointment is not as strong as yours,” Ryan said.
The Medical Marijuana Bill has been passed in the state Senate and is now in the House. Ryan expects it to pass, but disagrees with certain restrictions on the bill.
“I would love to see more autoimmune diseases out there and mental health conditions,” Ryan said.
The bill includes more than a dozen medical conditions required for a prescription, including cancer, terminal illness, PTSD and epilepsy.
Ryan also disagrees with the prescription limit imposed on doctors.
“I think it’s very weird because cannabis has an amazing safety profile, compared to some of the other recipes that are given to people,” Ryan said.
Despite his reservations about the bill, Ryan hopes the measures will be passed, so that some in our community will find the cure.