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Training A Generation Of Health Care Professionals About the Endocannabinoid System

In May, my wife and I attended my 50th high school reunion at a new campus of the St. Sebastian’s School. In an opening event, the headmaster briefed us on the recent accomplishments of the school from its academic excellence to having more graduates playing in the NHL than any other school. For a student body of about 350, that’s remarkable.

The “gray hairs” were asked to give the gathering a brief bio. They started with B for Byrne. I rose and addressed  the 60 or so folks in the dining room. I spoke of my military career, a stab at B&B ownership, five years working with combat Vets for the Agent Orange Program, and co-founding Patients Out of Time and Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access.

I asked who had heard of the endocannabinoid system. No one answered up.

There were no health care professionals in the room except my wife, but the room was full of smart people. A Monsignor, a Senator, a Congressman, bankers, lawyers, business owners, a town councilman, and I’m proud to say a third of my classmates who had served in the military, most in Vietnam, sat there looking blank.

This wonderful school was building a science building and yet the discovery of a physiological system, necessary for life for all mammals had escaped the attention of its leadership that found “science” essential in their educational protocol.

Before I finished, I challenged those sitting to educate themselves and their personal physician and nurse about the endocannabinoid system. I recommended they start with and a lay man’s explanation of the system and how it works. I further urged them to have their doc and RN take the on-line therapeutic cannabis courses offered by the University of California Continuing Education Office so that the health care professionals who care for them were adequately informed of this essential integrative system. I offer the same advice to all interested in the health of themselves and their loved ones.

At the end of the evening, we were each given several thoughtful and appreciated gifts. One was a nicely bound magazine style book that included short bios that we had submitted weeks earlier for the school to assemble and publish. The next morning I sat with a cup of black coffee and started to read.  Three quarters of the way through my bio where I wrote of the endocannabinoid system the words I read were of my work with the “endocannnabalism system.” Later, a classmate would wonder if the headmaster gave a class in proof reading.

Make sure your health care folks take the course on the “endocannabinoid system.”

Al Byrne for Patients Out of Time


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