Meet the Cannabis Columnist
Me Fuimaono-Poe FNP-BC is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She attended Penn Valley Community College graduating in 2003 with an Associates Degree of Nursing. She attended Hawaii Pacific University and graduated in 2013 with a Masters Degree in Science and Nursing. She has both acute care and family practice experience. In 2016 Me opened the first nurse-led cannabis clinic in the state of Hawaii. The Malie Cannabis Clinic has served thousands of patients of all ages. We provide certification, dosing based on symptoms, education, and advocacy. Me recently created Alia Cannabis app Alia is the only HIPAA- certified app designed to help patients discover the right cannabis dosage for their health and wellness needs.
Me Fuimaono-Poe is the CEO of Malie Cannabis Clinic. The Malie Cannabis Clinic is a Honolulu based family practice that certifies patients for medical cannabis use in the state of Hawaii. Me is responsible for the design and execution in opening our Honolulu location. She oversees the day to day operations and is a practicing clinician, who has treated over five thousand patients in the state of Hawaii.
In 2017, she saw the need for science-based education that was easy to understand and accessible to patients. She worked with a team of filmmakers and engineers to create the first HIPPA certified Cannabis dosing app, Alia Cannabis. The app uses carefully curated research and evidence, Alia guides users to a better understanding of how they can manage their health needs with medical cannabis. Through the app, patients discover the dosages best suited for them to find relief. The Alia app formulates a cannabis care plan and CBD dosage guide based on individual health needs.
Me is from a long line of midwives, and traditional healers her great aunt was one of the first registered nurses in Samoa. She spends all her spare time with her beautiful family and community at the beach.
Cannabis and your ENdocannabinionoid System: Baby You Were Made for This
Cannabis is a plant with both female and male plants. The female plants have the most potent concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes (the active ingredients). Cannabis is one plant with several different chemical compositions also known as cultivars or strains. Each strain has a unique blend of cannabinoids and terpenes; this is why different strains have different effects.
Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
ECS is the bodies way of creating homeostasis (balance). With the core functions to eat, sleep, protect and relax. We all produce cannabinoids known as endogenous cannabinoids anadamine and 2 AG. For example when you run you get “the runners high” It’s actually from your body producing cannabinoids in your ECS.
Phytocannabinoids (the cannabis plant) work with your ECS. That's why cannabis can help relieve a variety of symptoms including; pain, nausea, anxiety, psoriasis, seizures, muscle spasms, infections, PTSD and more. The effects of cannabis are from the cannabinoids and terpenes that are concentrated in the trichomes (the sticky part of the cannabis flowers).
It is the combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that create the "entourage effect."
The entourage effect means the plant works best in its whole state and not isolated or synthetic parts.
Cannabis has three classes (taxonomy): Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis. The categories describe how the plant grows. Indica is short and fat, Sativa’s are tall and slender, and ruderalis is similar to a vine. The class has nothing to do with the effects. It is part of cannabis folklore and culture and is not an accurate way to describe the results from cannabis.
The effects from cannabis are from the active ingredients; cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
*Atlas Tea + Apothecary is pleased to introduce Me Fuimaono-Poe as our featured monthly cannabis columnist and educator beginning May 13, 2019. She offers medical insight on cannabis through a scientific lens, while providing local & global news on cannabis culture and healing. Stay tuned to the official app launch coming soon.
HB2019 Atlas Tea + Apothecary Feature:
Catch Me Fuimaono-Poe at Atlas Tea + Apothecary's final installation on Day 4 / Session 7 at the Honolulu Biennial and see details below. For more information on how to RSVP for this very special offering, please see the HB website and Eventbrite link (to be posted). Space is limited for this program so be sure to RSVP.
Sunday, 4/21 (12 to 2 PM)
SaVAge K’lub, Chinatown, Honolulu
Session 7 - Me Fuimaono-Poe & Kat Burke
Women & Cannabis
Herstory from cradle to the grave on how women have been using cannabis as medicine for millennia
Me Fuimaono-Poe FNP-BC is the founder of Mālie Cannabis Clinic in Honolulu and hails from a long line of traditional healers, midwives and medicine makers. Me is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in health care and the cannabis industry. The session explores the traditional uses of cannabis in women’s health. Me shares the many ways women have used cannabis through soothing pelvic pain from menses, labor & delivery and easing symptoms of menopause. Terpene inspired CBD infused teas will be offered.
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