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Headline: May 26, 2008Marijuana As a Treatment for PTSD – There is a crisis among the legions of America’s veterans – five hundred suicides a month and over three hundred thousand backloged disability claims involving PTSD and depression.

Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth have brought suit in a San Francisco Federal Court against the Department of Veterans Affairs to force it to upgrade it’s mental health program for veterans and recognize the need for effective treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The VA wants to hire 1,300 therapists to solve the problem, but PTSD patients have poor responses to psychotherapy and often turn to alcohol and drugs. Moreover, many suffer from chronic pain and addictions to opiate pain medications.

As a result, many have turned to Cannabis under California medical marijuana laws, finding it to be uniquely suited to successful treatment of PTSD and new research is confirming Cannabis’ benefits. Eight percent of medical Cannabis patients surveyed in California suffer from PTSD. Unfortunately, veterans are forced to sign “pain contracts“, which require drug tests for dispensing of narcotic pain medications. If a chronic pain patient tests positive for marijuana, his narcotic pain medicines will be discontinued. This is tragic, as the latest science from Europe shows a symbiotic relationship between Cannabis and opiates, allowing a chronic pain patient to take much less narcotics – a benefit for long term health.

At the Fifth Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, hosted by Patients Out of Time in California, April, 2008, Air Force Veteran Michael Krawitz describes his history of chronic pain and his current attempts to get the VA to recognize the need for access to medicinal Cannabis for veterans suffering from pain and PTSD. Michael was denied drug treatment for his chronic pain for refusing to sign a “pain contract” – see his story in the news article cited above.Veterans, Pain Contracts & Medical Cannabis- Michael Krawitz

At the Third Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, held in May of 2004, Professor Raphael Mechoulam from Israel examines the potential of Cannabis as treatment for PTSD. Dr. Mechoulam, who first isolated and named THC in 1964, postulates that Cannabinoids aid the natural brain function of discarding unneeded information.Cannabinoid System in Neuroprotection, Raphael Mechoulam,PhD

Also at the Third Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, Dr. Sandra Welch presents research demonstrating the symbiotic actions between THC and opiate medications in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.Opiate & Cannabinoid Interactions, with Sandra Welch

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13 Comments

  1. I agreed with you

    • leelee
    • Posted December 19, 2008 at 11:45 am
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    Great insite Lets get this passed!!!I am one of those on the wait list and it helped with my moraphine nausea can I be prescribed living in another state have quit as not to be kicked outta program!

    • Miklo
    • Posted January 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm
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    i agree that this should be passed.i think they should pass it in every state i live in albuquerque new mexico and have ptsd and i think it is the only thing that helps my flash backs and night terrors i cant wait tell this is passed. i think every day life will be easier

    • thomas schoettler
    • Posted April 30, 2009 at 11:50 pm
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    I have been diagnosed with PTSD and severe TBI. I went to a Program in Yountville, Ca called the Pathway Home. I believe it is the best program in the world to treat PTSD, TBI. I graduated from the program after being there for 11 months. When I was there I haved tried 22 different medications which no combination had worked for me. I then heard from a injured retired marine that he had been using medical marijuana for his PTSD and depression. He said he had tried everything and that this worked for him. I went to San Francisco and saw the Doc. He prescribed me the medical marijuana. I was eating the edibles and I finally found something that really worked. I recently got back to my unit and told them that I had been using medical Marijuana. They did a UA on me and now they want to chapter me out. I need your help or guidance. I feel that I found something that worked and now I am being punished for it.

  2. I am a disabled veteran with chronic PTSD, and I have used medmj for 20 years. My VA doctors in Denver, CO recommended it to many of us vets there. I now live in MI. where it is now legal, but my doctors at the VA here will only sign for terminal cancer veteran patients, i.e., dying vets, but not living vets.
    I have always told my doctors, nurses, and social workers that I use it, and do not abuse it. They have never tested me, or asked me to sign a pain contract. We veterans are all treated differently by different VA doctors. The VA needs to make the moral and ethical decision to allow us the medicines that really help PTSD.
    Martin H. Chilcutt
    Executive Director
    Veterans for Medical Marijuana.org

    • clifton green
    • Posted October 1, 2009 at 11:02 am
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    im a iraq combat vet currently in treatment at north little rock, AR va (fort roots). i have cronic pain and ptsd, i have been useing marijuana & pain meds for 4-5 years. now i’ve been made to stop the cannabis use or they will refuse treatment. i dont know what 2 do, i feel like they have taken my only out. often i think of suicide, i just dont know what to do im sick of being sick

    • Anonymous
    • Posted March 15, 2010 at 9:26 am
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    Canadian Veterans are allowed to have it,,, and Veterans Affairs Canada pays for it

    http://theforestoffreedom.blogspot.com/2010/02/veterans-affairs-covers-cannabis.html

  3. Check out the web site. Join the new V F W. theVeterans for Weed.com

  4. It is about time.

  5. We will find that pot will become the penicillin of the future A free market and we the people should control it not the government. The right to the pursuit of happiness is in the constitution. There should be a seperation of state and happiness.Legal happiness that is.
    It is time to FREE the WEED. Stand up for those rights that our brave men and women died for. Do more have to die from suicide because of alcohol and heavy narcotics preferd by the government that caters to the big pharma bizz in this country.
    The Veterans are a cash cow for these sleaze bags.If you truly support the troops call your representives and demand that they listen to the Vets. Semper High. Hemp Solo USMC Nam 68-69 Machine Gunner.

    • karen howard
    • Posted September 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm
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    attending yearly gathering of veteran in northern california, i have observed many especially viet nam veterans whole being change for the better. they are not taking perscribed meds, they have chosen to use thc, it is amazing to see how they have been able to engage with each other and their community, great conversations without the “deer in the headlight look”.
    va is great hiring therapist at high cost with very little improvement, many put up a wall when the veteran talks about thc as an alternative, with very little willingness to listen or to keep an open mind. very few have i seen make improvemnt on perscribed meds, they loose their individualism and become feelingness.
    what the va needs are more frontline staff who actually reach out with an understanding and willingness to walk with the veteran, i feel alone out there, thank goodness for our veterans they keep me going fighting on the front line
    excuse the spelling, it comes from my heart. welcome home

  6. I am a veteran of the United States Air Force where I supported Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan a year after 11Sept. We fight and lay our life on the line everyday not for the government idea of power and money, but for the idea of rights for everyone to have and express. Freedom has come from the bloodshed by us and our ancestors in an idea they called FREEDOM. This day and age people have come together to stand up for something we all believe in, and that’s the right to medicate ourselves in a way we know is safe, organic, and effective for many different types of people. I have been part of this great movement here in Detroit, and am proud to announce, that I have been taking the steps the past few months in creating a business here in Michigan that will not only change the perception on Medical Marijuana but have tangible research that can educate the proper institutions of how we can fund Veterans the correct practice of utilizing the benefits of the right medication to fight Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The great privilege in Michigan is that we as a business can accept card holders from other states. I have the most respected lawyer here in Michigan representing my business on this journey and will be opening in the near future. I was hoping you could give me some contacts that I can meet with regarding funding from the NIDA here in Detroit. How my business will operate is we are opening a restaurant that will have medical marijuana infused in the food. In order to become a member you have to have a valid Medical Marijuana registry card, Must abide by rules, and have to be willing to fill out surveys each week on how medical marijuana is benefiting or hurting them. Since all members will be part of the member contract, we will log how much medical marijuana that member has consumed in a daily/weekly/monthly/and a yearly basis. We expect to have 100,000 members in the first 2 years. This would give the right institutions tangible research that can benefit many people who suffer from MS, PTSD, Cancer, Gilomas, Alzheimers, Fibromyalgia, Dystonia, Hepatitis C, Diabetes, Pruritis, Osteoporosis, ALS, Tourettes Syndrome, HIV, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, GI Disorders, Incontinence, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

  7. Amazing video presentation. An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you should publish more on this subject matter, it might not be a taboo matter but typically people don’t talk about such subjects. To the next! Cheers!!


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