Dr. Denise Foster, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE has practiced professional nursing for over 35 years. Beginning at the bedside in orthopedic and critical care, she transitioned to home health, where she began to recognize the benefits of medical cannabis when the HIV/AIDS epidemic swept the nation in the 1980s. Acknowledging that the use of medical marijuana helped patients with their pain, appetite, and mood, Dr. Foster became an advocate for its use as a therapeutic treatment. In the decades since working in home health, Dr. Foster has worked in the field of higher education, providing nursing instruction to students in associate, baccalaureate, RN-to-BSN, and graduate degree nursing programs. As a holistic practitioner, Dr. Foster’s research interests include the benefits and use of mindfulness practice and cannabis sciences, including the endocannabinoid system and cannabis pharmacology. Dr. Foster believes that the use of medical cannabis is one of several complementary therapies that could potentially prevent the onset of disease and assist many chronically and acutely ill patients achieve optimal well-being in mind, body, and spirit.
Dr. Foster currently teaches in graduate and undergraduate programs for several national and international colleges of nursing. Through her medicinal cannabis research and consultation business, Empirical Cannabis LLC, Dr. Foster provides medicinal cannabis education, research, and consultation to patients, families, and health care practitioners, as well as her community.
From her research and in-depth knowledge related to cannabis as medicine, Dr. Foster was approached by Wolters Kluwer Health Publishers to contribute to the first medical cannabis textbook for nurses, Cannabis: A Handbook for Nurses (1st ed.), authoring “Chapter 2: The Human Endocannabinoid System (ECS): Physiology,” which was published January 2021. Dr. Foster was also approached and accepted the task of authoring the first course, Endocannabinoid System and Pharmacology, for a 3-course Medical Cannabis Certificate for Health Care Workers at Pacific College of Health Sciences in Chicago, New York, and San Diego, which is the nation’s first accredited academic medical cannabis instruction.
Dr. Foster serves as Director of Patient Education for five medical marijuana dispensaries in Missouri. Her newest enterprise is as business owner, opening Hemp Haven Chesapeake in July 2020, where she providers her community with a wide selection of wellness and hemp-based products as well as cannabis education and coaching.
Dr. Foster recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) and is a strong advocate for all nurses and nursing students, in every setting and state, to become educated about medicinal cannabis as well as empowering, educating, and advocating for patient access, including safe and appropriate use. She also served as ACNA Secretary and chaired the ACNA Education and Research Committee as well as the ACNA Social Media and Communications Committee. Because the use of medical marijuana is a recent addition to field of health care, Dr. Foster is also committed to developing, conducting, and disseminating research that will assist the nursing profession in understanding nursing roles and responsibilities associated with the usage of this therapeutic medicinal plant.
Just like many Americans, Jay Humfeld and Danielle Friedrich were stuck in their day jobs, unhappy. Danielle was in the medical field, managing multiple practices. Jay worked in sales and training management for Corporate America. At 29, Danielle lost her sister and suffered from severe anxiety and depression and before long started having panic attacks. Jay was very active playing sports, diving, and practicing martial arts but suffered from severe back pain. After two back surgeries, he still wasn’t able to find full relief and get back doing the things he loved. Then they both found CBD and it changed their lives.
After using CBD for some time and seeing the benefits, they decided to start their own website to sell CBD. They soon realized that people wanted to talk to someone, ask questions, touch the product – simple things that a website couldn’t offer. So after many late nights of deep discussions, they decides to roll the dice and give up their full time jobs and open Hemp Haven. Less than 30 days after opening their doors, they had sold 2 additional franchises. Franchising was never really a consideration, but just as they learned from the website, people wanted more in person interaction. Fast forward to present day; after being open only 10 months, they now have 12 stores and are looking for more franchises. Their goal is to be the largest CBD franchise in the country. They have streamlined the process for new owners, and offer support and guidance allowing new locations to start out successful.
About our Products!
Hemp Haven prides ourselves on providing the highest quality products on the market. We are also hemp farmers so we know what should go into every process from seed to shelf! All of our hemp-derived products are third-party tested to ensure the highest safety standards are used by all product vendors.
We offer a wide range of Hemp Flower grown in California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Oregon, and Texas. We offer Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate products.
All products sold by Hemp Haven are derived from US Industrial Hemp and contain less than 0.3% THC as required by the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act, or Farm Bill.