A November 2 LinkedIn post from Michael Patterson NHA, OTR/L, CEAS introduced the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Science: “I’m proud to be a board member of the first ever peer-reviewed, printed journal of Endocannabinoid Science in North America! This is the cover of the inaugural issue. We have a printed circulation to over 45,000 Physicians with the website being released in November.”
Reflexively, I emailed to request a review copy and advise Patterson I might want to interview him about the new journal. Then I scrolled down. His post concluded, “The ‘bar’ has officially been raised! hashtagmedicalcannabis hashtagblockchain hashtagbusiness hashtagcannabis hashtagcryptocurrency hashtagmarijuana hashtaghemp hashtagmedicalmarijuana hashtagcbd hashtagnflpa hashtagbankingindustry hashtagcannabisbanking # hashtagcannabisindustry hashtaghempindustry hashtagmedicaleducation hashtagmalta hashtagthc hashtagnflpa hashtagcfl hashtagindia hashtagentreprenuership hashtaginnovations hashtagcme.”
My eyes had glided over the capital letters after Patterson’s name. Now I looked up their meanings online:
NHA “The National Healthcareer Association is a national professional certification agency for healthcare workers in the United States. Granting credentials in more than 8 allied health specialties, it is an organizational member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance.” The NHA was founded in 1989 by a man named Jon Brandt. Its headquarters are in Leawood, Kansas. Its parent organization is Ascend Learning, LLC.OTR/L is “the standard occupational therapy credential and signifies that the professional is an ‘OT’ who is ‘R,’ registered by the national OT credentialing board, and ‘L’ licensed by your particular state. Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.
Degree: Associate degree.”
CEAS stands for “Corporate Emergency Access System.” What its operatives do is not made clear by CEAS.com, which proclaims: