Iraq vet says cannabis helps him to feel comfort & balance rather than pain & anxiety

From Raw Story As for the treatment of PTSD, Israeli researchers have known for years that marijuana’s psychoactive ingredients are very effective, especially when administered within 24 hours of experiencing that trauma. Dr. Irit Akirav conducted a series of tests at Haifa University in 2009 that led her to conclude that the drug can be used as an effective PTSD treatment. “The results of our research should encourage psychiatric investigation into the use of cannabinoids in post-traumatic stress patients,” Akirav told reporters.

via Cannabis Patient Net

Wesley has been back from Iraq for a while. However, his experiences are all still very real. Ever since his return, he has been working hard to get his life back together, but, he’s no longer the innocent young man that so bravely enlisted years ago. Continue reading

Did the V.A. Unseat Marijuana From Schedule I?

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

By Mike LaSalle

Department of Veterans Affairs Recognizes Medical Marijuana

On July 22, 2010 the Department of Veterans Affairs issued VHA DIRECTIVE 2010-035, specifically allowing VA patients the right to use Medical Marijuana without fear of federal interference. “Fourteen states have enacted laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana,” the Directive observes. “Medical conditions associated with the use of medical marijuana include, but are not limited to: glaucoma, chemotherapy induced nausea, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and chronic pain.” Continue reading

Medical marijuana can aid in treatment of vets

Bob Kerrey is president of the New School in New York City, a Vietnam War veteran and a former U.S. senator from Nebraska. Jason Flom is on the board of directors of the Drug Policy Alliance, based in New York City.

(Source)  The Veterans Administration recently adopted a policy prohibiting VA physicians from recommending medical marijuana to their patients, even if marijuana is the safest and most effective medicine to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other service-related conditions.
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