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Military Medical Marijuana
05-10-2016, 07:45 AM #1
Jim Rat Member
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DENVER -- A groundbreaking trial funded by Colorado soon will shed light on the use of medical marijuana by veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

For the first time, the Drug Enforcement Agency has given the green light to a controlled, clinical trial of medical marijuana for veterans suffering from PTSD.



Local veterans have spent years fighting the Colorado Board of Health and Department of Public Health and Environment to include PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, but the board has repeatedly denied the request, citing a lack of scientific evidence.

Now, a $2 million research grant awarded by Colorado has the potential to help provide the evidence many states are seeking.

"It's very significant," said Marcel Bonn-Miller, principal investigator for the study.

Bonn-Miller said the trial, which took more than a year to gain approval from the DEA, will be conducted in medical centers in Arizona and Maryland.
05-10-2016, 12:02 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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That's good news. How much research do they need regarding marijuana really? There's research stretching decades back, but it's never enough to "confirm" any medical benefits. 13.gif
05-10-2016, 12:55 PM #3
Kreeper Griobhtha
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(05-10-2016, 12:02 PM)Octo Wrote:  That's good news. How much research do they need regarding marijuana really? There's research stretching decades back, but it's never enough to "confirm" any medical benefits. 13.gif

Unfortunately, mmj research has been under the full control of big pharma and the DEA for decades. Pretty much all of the very little research that has been done on mmj has been bunk. It was specifically done to show no medical use for mj. Most of the positive results have been studies of effects like the Harvard study that showed there were no long term effects on cognitive functions. Even that study was trying to show a negative effect on people.

The average user in that study smoked joints like other people smoke cigarettes. Users smoked between 20 and 50 joints a day. They were all medical users, but I think they are more abusers than users. Then again, nothing was mentioned about the quality of their bud. They could have all been smoking Mexican seed weed schwag. Even still, it says a lot that none of them had permanent memory loss of cognitive functions.

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
05-10-2016, 01:29 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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Well that's in the US of course. I've read a lot of European research on the topic, but I guess the DEA doesn't consider that "scientific research" 13.gif
05-10-2016, 01:36 PM #5
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Of course.

Quite a bit of good research has been going on in Europe. Maybe the rest of Europe will follow the lead of Portugal and end the WoD. I doubt it, but you never know. I didn't think we would ever see legal mj in the US but we already have three states and DC that have legalized it. At least three more states, and possibly up to 11, will be voting on it, and probably passing it, this year.

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
05-10-2016, 06:22 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I recently watched a doc about military personnel adopting then transporting (@ around 10 pets per day) animals out of Afghanistan to the U.S. It appears that a pet's love is better at treating PTSD than taking any drugs, for some.



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