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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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