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Marijuana Therapy Success: With 1000 PTSD War VeteransDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
Possibly the most Veterans for any doctor.
(MOLALLA, OR) - Oregon is one of the 16 states which has legal medical marijuana but not for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from any source, including war battle Veterans. This puts a terribly physiologic burden on the group which has the most victims who also have the worst, most severe symptoms with high suicide rates and maybe as many as 300,000 homeless, unable to tolerate the hustle and bustle of living and working with others and unable to find a non-stressful job. Standard anti-PTSD medications do not and never worked for not only this 300k, but very many more who resort to heroin, coke, meth or alcohol; countless others use escape medication- legal or otherwise.
I am a retired Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, with about 50 years of research experience with drugs of all sorts including the more exotic ones like LSD, sacred mushrooms, morning glory seeds, etc.
I am also a physician. I must say that I was more than a bit surprised when Vietnam War Veterans came to my clinic which at that time still referred to "battle fatigue", and "shell shock". Both are misnamed but are more correctly TERROR FATIGUE and TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.
When the Vietnam Vets came to my clinic with PTSD, they Oregon law restricted me from giving them "permits" to use medical marijuana, which they had found worked well for "battle terrors", which are all too common in a combat zone, day and night. They found like thousands of combat veterans before them, that battle terrors stick with them frequently, forever.
Almost all Vietnam Vets had some physical wounds and/or disabilities, for which I could allow them to get an Oregon state permit for medical marijuana. I started with about 40, I ended up with about 1000 PTSD victims, successfully treated with medical marijuana after being unsuccessfully treated with dozens of VA approved drugs which not only didn't work, but frequently made them worse and they ended up with suicide, alcoholism, murder and homelessness.
I see that New Mexico will allow permits for PTSD and this is the most common condition for which these Veterans can get a medical marijuana permit.
I wish other states would wake up and smell the aroma!
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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole".
If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.
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