Study To Begin On Veterans With PTSD

Study To Begin On Veterans With PTSD | Stoner Guide

Of all of the patients that need cannabis, veterans are some that need it the most. Suffering from PTSD and other after effects of the wars they’ve been in lead to some of the highest suicide rates in the country. With very limited VA medical options, our soldiers are forced to ingest Oxycontin, Xanax, Percocet, and other heavy drugs to combat their symptoms. This leads to high addiction rates among vets, showing that there needs to be another way to treat PTSD in the people who fought for our country. But finally, a bit of good news for vets hoping to have PTSD recognized as a qualification for medical marijuana.

Researchers in Maryland and Arizona are on the lookout for veteran volunteers that are willing to smoke up to two joints worth of pot a day in a new study that is aimed at finding out if cannabis actually relieves the symptoms of PTSD. “We’re not arguing that cannabis is a cure but our hypothesis is that is will at least reduce symptoms,” said the study organizer Dr. Sue Sisley. The $2.2 million study was paid for by a grant from the state of Colorado to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies will be conducted at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland as well as Sisley’s Scottsdale Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. More than 100 veterans have already volunteered for the study.

The selected participants will be the first randomized, controlled trial in the United States to objectively test cannabis as a legitimate treatment for PTSD. After the subjects undergo a two week screening and assessment process, they will be assigned to smoke one out of four types of cannabis. One will have high levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Another will have high levels of CBD, which is the suggested antidepressant in cannabis, as well as reducing anxiety. The third will be an equal balance of both CBD and THC. This is the group that the Veterans Alliance for Medical Marijuana reports is generally the favored kind of cannabis among combat veterans who are using cannabis to relieve PTSD. And the final group will be a placebo and will get no significant levels of either THC or CBD.

For the first two days, the veterans will be observed for four hours after smoking to ensure that they have no negative reactions to the cannabis they’ve ingested. In addition, they will have to take a physical exam and an in-depth psychological assessment, once in the beginning of the study and again at the end. There will also be regular blood tests and other body monitoring throughout the study. But after all of that, the participants will be given their weed to smoke (up to 1.8 grams a day). They will be able to smoke as much as they want within that limit, although electronic vapes cannot be used. The participants will also be given an iPad to track their use, both writing about the experience and providing a video journal. They will also wear a watch designed to track their sleep patterns.

After the three weeks is up, there will be a two week washout period in which the vets will not smoke at all and then begins the next set of tests and assessments. At the end, they will be asked if they will continue to use medical marijuana or if they will find another method of treatment for their symptoms. If this trial is a success, officials at the California based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) says they intend to seek use of smoking botanical cannabis as a federally approved prescription drug.

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Government Neglects Medical Marijuana As PTSD Explodes

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Government Neglects Medical Marijuana As PTSD Explodes

According to the Veterans Administration, which is responsible for the PTSD care of the nation’s vets, there are currently over 3 million service men and women suffering from PTSD. From flashbacks and insomnia to anxiety, nightmares and depression, veterans are coming home to America in need of help on many levels, and the last thing they need is “chemical” medicine. Though “psych” meds are prescribed almost across the board for “psychological” issues, the psychiatric manual DSM-5 doesn’t say a word about nutrition and herbs.

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It doesn’t have a section on Cannabis sativa either. In many states, post-traumatic-stress-disorder or PTSD is one of the many conditions that patients are hoping will be approved for medical marijuana. A growing number of veterans, however, are tired of waiting for the law to catch up with what they know in their hearts and minds to be the answer.

Veterans & Cannabis: Government neglects Veterans as PTSD epidemic explodes

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The number of military personnel and veterans diagnosed with and living with PTSD is higher now that it has ever previously been (Veterans and PTSD 2015). Another astounding fact is that half of these individuals never seek medical treatment for various reasons. Some argue that the Veterans Affairs Department insufficiently handles the treatment of PTSD by simply using trial and error through a list of psychoactive medications and therapy with psychiatrists who don’t seem to really care.

The combination of a feeling of hopelessness and a lack of viable treatment options often lead to suicide among those with military-related PTSD, specifically those from the Afghanistan-Iraq War. Currently, there is an average of 22 suicides a day, up from a low of 18-a-year in 2007, based on a 2012 VA suicide Data Report.

While looking for alternative treatments, many have asked the question can cannabis treat PTSD? The answer is yes, and thousands living with PTSD have found that cannabis has been a more effective treatment than any medication prescribed by the VA. Smoking it can relieve anxiety, help individuals sleep deeply and without disturbance, and also help to stave off depression. Some medical professionals even argue that the Cannabidiol (CBD) can actually help repair the brain, healing those pathways that facilitate the symptoms of PTSD.

But is it better or worse?

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The effects on PTSD in studies on cannabis are limited and sometimes contradictory. The VA is also concerned with a rise in the number of veterans they have documented as having what they term “marijuana dependence”. While it can help with mental health problems, it has also been suggested by some studies to cause latent or subdued pre-existing mental issues to come to the surface, such as hereditary schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

For some veterans, what is known as “cannabis use disorder” can have a negative effect on their road to wellness. Described as an inability to sleep or increase in irritability after ceasing use of the substance, this occasionally seen withdrawal symptom is far milder than that of many prescription painkillers, let alone dangerous drugs like heroin or meth. For a sufferer of mental anxiety like PTSD, however, sometimes even this mild withdrawal after steady use to treat their condition can cause negative outcomes.

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For those who fight for their country and, in the process, for their lives, the trauma inflicted is far deeper than just physical injury. The scars of war can affect the human psyche for years, for decades, for life.

Hidden PTSD amongst our culture: Natural solution

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In today’s modern times of self-help, therapy, and emotional understanding, health professionals have discovered an epidemic of hidden PTSD patients amongst our civilian culture. In its true definition, PTSD involves lingering negative feelings that can result from any adverse experience- getting fired, the end of a relationship, chronic illness, or even just a time when you feel like you failed at something- and that limits a person in any way.

However, even with the mounds of evidence supporting Cannabis as an all-natural solution, in November, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment that would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to vets in states where it’s legal, but that proposal failed to pass the House. So depending on the state you live, if you’re a veteran you can potentially lose access to your pain medications and treatments for testing positive for cannabis.

On average, 22 veterans commit suicide every single day and many veterans turn to medical marijuana to ease the symptoms of PTSD, but what happens when medical marijuana isn’t effective, poses legal risks or isn’t an option for you?

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Kava Kava spray, saves the day

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Government Neglects Medical Marijuana As PTSD Explodes