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PTSD: Medical Marijuana Clinical Studies Confirm Benefits

About fifty years late.

Sour diesel strain of cannabis being grown for medical purposes that could in turn, be used to treat PTSD
Sour diesel strain of cannabis being grown for medical purposes that could in turn, be used to treat PTSD

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - West Coast Leaf- winter edition, just published the results of a two-year clinical trial about cannabis for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) comparing about 40 victims receiving cannabis with about 40 who did not. This work was done at Bat-Yam in Israel and reported at the Cannabinoid Conference 2011 in Bonn, Germany. (see: Marijuana could alleviate symptoms of PTSD Karin Kloosterman -

This follows by at least 40 years- combat testing beginning in Vietnam of cannabis for "combat terrors" and PTSD with great success and the basis for wide use by combat veterans and even civilians in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Great Britain. The Israeli Army has been using cannabis successfully for its soldiers for since it was officially announced by the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) but this seems to be the first clinically controlled study.

According to the article, the mechanism of action for adverse memory problems which IS PTSD, is based upon the CB-1 receptor in the brain. Laboratory mice which do not have CB-1 receptors have an impaired ability to extinguish disabling fear which is part of the basis for successfully treating PTSD.

Russo in 2005 reported that cannabis was used successfully thousands of years ago in ancient Indian medicine for this purpose but there have been dribs and drabs about this up to the therapeutic explosion by combat soldiers in Vietnam.

Rimonband, a medically used CB-1 blocker also works but it has too many adverse side effects for general use. (Lutz-2007) With probably several hundred thousand U.S. military PTSD victims already using cannabis for self-treatment of PTSD, it is astonishing that the VA system of using totally intolerable, zombifying drugs instead of medicine that works is confounding. The VA has been told to allow PTSD veterans to use cannabis, but they still seem unwilling to do so.

It is known that the PTSD veterans are escaping from the VA mistreatment but with Veterans' suicides increasing, alcoholism, increased illegal drug use, spousal abuse and possibly more than 300k PTSD veterans homeless, it is past wonder why somebody or some legislative body will not allow the use of medical cannabis for PTSD when it really works.

May God Help the PTSD Survivors.

How can we help PTSD combat veterans?

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Armen December 13, 2011 5:38 pm (Pacific time)

According to a study, which appears in today's EmaxHealth veterans are paired with dogs for obedience training and then move on for specialized training to become service dogs for service members suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

malcolm kyle December 13, 2011 7:48 am (Pacific time)

Why should anybody be surprised at Prohibition's innate ability to corrupt entire government agencies? It's more than fairly evident, and especially to those of us whose survival doesn't depend on the continuation of Prohibition, that even if we could afford to put Narcs on every single corner, it is extremely likely that at least half of them would very soon become dealers themselves. So it begs the question: Why on God's green earth do we continue as a nation to foolishly shoot ourselves in both feet? An appeal to all Prohibitionists: Most of us are aware by now that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high, 'no matter what.' So why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future. If you remotely believe that people will one day quit using any of these 'at present' illegal drugs, then you are exhibiting a degree of naivety parallel only by those poor deluded wretches who voluntarily drank the poisoned Kool-Aid in Jonestown. Even if you cannot stand the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and over a trillion dollars on this dangerous farce. Practically everybody is now aware that Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. So why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so proud and free nation? Do you actually think you may have something to lose If we were to start basing drug policy on science and logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies? Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard or a local politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem. Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax! "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." - Thomas Jefferson

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