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Oct-14-2010 17:05printcomments

U.S. War Veterans Gain Medical Marijuana: Best News for Vets Since WWII

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department finally woke up to smell the coffee...

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(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I have been yearning for this title in Salem-News.com for about 11 years, since Oregon legalized Medical Marijuana in 1999. Many of my first patients, of 5000, were veterans who discovered in Viet Nam that Marijuana was very effective therapy for BATTLE TERRORS, formerly called BATTLE FATIGUE or SHELL SHOCK which it isn’t. They also found it excellent therapy for PTSD and NIGHT TERRORS long after coming home.

There are at least 1,000,000 American War Veteran PTSD Victims and probably as many non-veterans of rape, child abuse, “burned-out” nurses, EMTs, trauma surgeons, et cetera. There is a long list of such victims.

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department finally woke up to smell the coffee or the aroma of Cannabis after hearing from hundreds of thousands of Vets telling their Doctors and mental health Nurse Practitioners that Cannabis/Marijuana (C/MJ) really WAS excellent treatment for PTSD and literally all psychological and/or physical wounds. C/MJ is excellent for pain of the body and the soul with an added effect of mood stimulation called euphoria.

C/MJ is better and safer than ANY kind of Morphine-like drug. The addiction liability of C/MJ is miniscule compared to the Opiates.

The U.S. V.A. follows not only its own War Veterans but also those of Canada, Israel, Netherlands, Spain and certainly other countries.

The Anti-depressant drugs of many classes have been forced upon PTSD Veterans et cetera for many years. The record of these drugs is deplorable with fake sugar pills often working better. The adverse side effects of the drugs are more dangerous than any other drugs except Morphine-like drugs such as Oxycontin, a real killer. Now they can use something which really works!

C/MJ works WITH many classes of drugs and because it has a totally different mechanism of action it works with and frequently totally supplants many drugs.

At this time only New Mexico allows Medical Marijuana for PTSD although California is miles ahead with C/MJ permits for ANY condition which it helps, which is almost anything except dandruff and athlete’s foot.

HOORAH FOR VETERANS FOR CANNABIS!!


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Cal Vetran October 19, 2010 2:00 am (Pacific time)

Yes VA Health Is still holding My MMJ Use at bay.. VA Has stopped all of my medical , Becuase of the federal law's that are in place, VA still will not treat my condition and want me to under go testing for THC and VA is testing me for MMJ With out my consent to do so.. I Have A 215 Cert Or recommadation from a non VA doctor..


malcolm kyle October 15, 2010 3:30 am (Pacific time)

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Much thanks to Malcolm Kyle for this submission, though too long for a "comment", it was the basis of an article:Marijuana Studies Clear the Air for Those that Care to Look, and will be included in the section soon to launch: "Cannabis De-Classified". Thanks Malcolm, Bonnie.

Here are ten studies the Feds wish they'd never commissioned:
 01) MARIJUANA USE HAS NO EFFECT ON MORTALITY:
 A massive study of California HMO members funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found marijuana use caused no significant increase in mortality. Tobacco use was associated with increased risk of death. Sidney, S et al. Marijuana Use and Mortality. American Journal of Public Health
. Vol. 87 No. 4, April 1997. p. 585-590. Sept. 2002.
 02) HEAVY MARIJUANA USE AS A YOUNG ADULT WON'T RUIN YOUR LIFE:
 Veterans Affairs scientists looked at whether heavy marijuana use as a young adult caused long-term problems later, studying identical twins in which one twin had been a heavy marijuana user for a year or longer but had stopped at least one month before the study, while the second twin had used marijuana no more than five times ever. Marijuana use had no significant impact on physical or mental health care utilization, health-related quality of life, or current socio-demographic characteristics. Eisen SE et al. Does Marijuana Use Have Residual Adverse Effects on Self-Reported Health Measures, Socio-Demographics or Quality of Life? A Monozygotic Co-Twin Control Study in Men. Addiction. Vol. 97 No. 9. p.1083-1086. Sept.
1997

03) THE "GATEWAY EFFECT" MAY BE A MIRAGE. (Go to article for all 10).


Cann_Do October 14, 2010 7:47 pm (Pacific time)

I am glad the US Dept VA finally got with the program and decided to let medical marijuana into it's arsenal of therapies. Unfortunately, the Dept VA still does not allow VA doctors to prescribe or recommend marijuana. But at least they are accepting an outside doctor's recommendation. We do need to free the VA doctors from the prohibition still imposed on them. VA doctors need to be able to recommend and prescribe marijuana!! Call you congressional representatives!

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