Medical cannabis expert and US Navy Veteran Eileen Konieczny found her passion educating patients on safe and effective uses of cannabis-derived medicine from years spent in the healthcare industry. As an oncology nurse for decades and an expert in the administration of medical cannabis, Eileen has seen firsthand its transformative effects for patients, its effects on the lives of families and caregivers, and the sometimes-fraught world of education on the endocannabinoid system. Eileen founded Olive’s Branch, an educational consulting firm, in 2013, to fill this need.

Eileen’s forthcoming book, Healing with CBD: How Cannabidiol Can Transform Your Health Without the High (Ulysses Press, Sept. 2018), offers a practical and nuanced guide to cannabinoid medicine gleaned from her years of experience in the medical cannabis space. It combines lessons learned from treating patients with tales from-the-field in advocacy at the national level. Eileen has fought for medical cannabis legalization nationally and was a recognized leader in the passing of New York’s medical cannabis bill. Eileen has served on the board of directors for the Children’s Health and Research Foundation and currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Cannabis Specialists. She is Past President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, a clinical associate in the Society for Cannabis Clinicians and has been involved in licensed medical cannabis operations in New York and Connecticut.

Ms. Konieczny was instrumental in Valley Agriceuticals’s winning 1 of the 10 medical marijuana licenses awarded in New York. She managed the application process for VA and their third-party consultants. Similarly, Eileen was successful in writing an application for 1 of the 4 winners of a cultivation license in Connecticut.

Ms. Konieczny has also written several scientific based articles, including: “Cannabis as Medicine.” The Journal of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State. Vol. 7, no. 1, Spring 2017, and “Cannabis Research and Evidence Based Practice,” The American Cannabis Nurses Association Core Curriculum for Cannabis Nurses (2015), which describes how medical research and evidence-based nursing can be applied to further medical cannabis legislation at all levels.