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Obama allows Army Vets to use Cannabis for War Horrors

  1. ianzombie
    Obama allows Army Vets to use Cannabis for War Horrors

    The U.S. Government has approved research to see if marijuana can be used to treat post traumatic stress to help army vets to recover from the horrors of war.

    The move follows the legalisation of it across the States and the near decriminalization of it in many other States.

    In Boston, for example, while it remains a crime, people are not required to give their real name when they are found smoking it and fines are minimal.

    The Obama decision represents a real change in Government policy and opened the way for the medical marijuana campaign group to get some real quality research at the University of Arizona which aims to quantify what army vets have long claimed that is that Marijuana can help them recover from the horrors of war.

    The demand to examine this has been overwhelming for many decades and this nominated Government research represents a huge victory for marijuana campaign groups in the U.S. and across the western world, The L.A. Times report.

    "The merits of a rigorous scientific trial have finally trumped politics.

    "We never relented. But most other scientists have chosen not to even apply.

    The process is so onerous. With the implementation of this study and the data generated, this could lead to other crucial research projects, “ a spokesperson for the University said.



  1. ramblin_zac
    Great news for those of us that struggle. The research has been there for a long time, but recognition by the federal government will definitely add some legitimacy to the issues in the eyes of older voters and conservatives that still recognize government demonization and propaganda concerning cannabis as truth.

    As one suffering from the many trials of military rigor, I can account from personal use that this medication can be used to help alleviate symptoms of many ailments that I experience. Stress and anxiety symptoms, such as depression, loss of appetite, racing thoughts, irritability, aggressiveness, restlessness, nauseousness, focus, and concentration are easily made more manageable for me, depending on strain types. Cannabis use has greatly increased my quality of life since being retired from the military. Associated panic attacks are reduced greatly in number and severity naturally without physical addiction caused by benzos and I am actually able to face life without overwhelming fear and paranoia that was once debilitating to the point of not being to leave home and have social contact with others. It is helping to restore me to my once confident self. I'm so thankful for what it has done in my life. I just hope that the government will recognize this as real medication, with the full support of the public, and the overwhelming strength to stand up to the bullying and lobbying initiatives imposed by Big Pharma.
  2. dr ACE
    This is excellent news the more government sanctioned research into cannabis and other illegal drugs (MDMA),medical values, and beneficial properties. Is great news for all the people who suffer from these conditions but currently get no benefit from current medical medications
  3. Potter
    This is just a set-up so they can arrest them and take away their veterans benefits.

    I don't actually believe this, I just can't help myself sometimes.
  4. Poppi
    Potter: maybe you're right, and it is our responsibility to be aware of the wolf in sheep's clothing, as it were. But--just maybe--you are buying into a sardonic viewpoint of what might be an awesome legislation change, you never know.

    I'm not convinced that this is a vast consipiracy theory, as this is the second time a thread concerning the benefits marijuana can have on the PTSD war veterans sometimes suffer from. I find that the new influx of this kind of scientific study--albeit government-funded, which raises some suspicions but certainly is a positive harbinger for the changes to marijuana legislation that are on the horizon--is a welcome relief from the belief that not only does marijuana not have medicinal or therapeutic value, but--even worse--that PTSD cannot be cured (or that, to the upper-echelons of military service, we should even publicly acknowledge it is a problem killing our soldiers in the first place).

    I am not a veteran, but I have lived the last 13 years with slowly-healing PTSD that initially (after the trauma) was so debilitating I couldn't move, sleep, eat, or function on the most basic of human levels. I may not have been on the battlefield, but I understand trauma very well. I make no claims that my trauma is like many war veterans', as I experienced the event only once--I cannot imagine having to become eventually accustomed to that level of terror and the lasting and totally eclipsing mental anguish that the future memory always keeps close by.

    I wrote in the previous thread regarding this same issue that I would never have been able to smoke marijuana, regardless of strain, potency, ROA, etc., during those debilitating times, and I am surprised to learn that soldiers are able to. I was terrified of being in my own mind at all--much less out of control over it. I already felt out of control, and the drugs would have only made it worse (it so happens that this traumatic time when my PTSD was worst--maybe up to a year afterwards--was the only time I've managed to stay away from drugs successfully without being in recovery, and that only serves to prove how difficult those times were).

    Later, when I regained a sense of self and a small semblance of personal safety, I found that the drugs did help. Marijuana in particular was strong enough to help me to stop the mental track of memories and images and thoughts that had worn a familiar path in my mind, like a dog that runs so many circles he ruins the grass. I found that if I didn't overdo it, and stuck mainly to the Indica varieties rather than the head-heavy Sativa-dominant strains, I could finally be free, if only momentarily, from those repetitive memories that haunted me so badly. I am very curious to find out if other PTSD sufferers--veterans and civilians alike--also have that memory loop, and I wonder if marijuana helped them too?

    So, I see Obama's move as two-fold in its awesomeness: not only is he further advocating the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of marijuana, but he is also shedding light on the very people--soldiers suffering from PTSD, truly the unnamed killer off the front lines--who are often ostracized, ridiculed, and bullied into denial of their very real trauma and the terrible effects having survived those experiences caused them.

    This article, like the one posted not long ago that mirrored these sentiments (but lacked the government seal of approval), pleases and encourages me in my belief that the time has come to bid adieu to the Reefer Madness diatribe so popular this last hundred years, and welcome the change Obama perhaps might just pull off in the end.
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