Thursday, June 16, 2011

The US Military, Cannabis And PTSD

It appears that some former militarly people are supporting the use of cannabis for PTSD.

Cannabis Science, a Colorado Springs marijuana pharmaceutical company, has formed a military advisory board featuring military officials to advocate for easing restrictions on injured veterans who want to use marijuana for relief.

The advisory board will be comprised of retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Sullivan and other folks who know there way around the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and the Department of Health and Human Services. As Sullivan noted in a release, "The military advisory board is committed to ensuring service members, veterans and families who are dealing with psychological health conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI) challenges have access to all options of quality treatments available." According to Sullivan, cannabis has been proven to help veterans struggling with chronic and phantom limb pain, sleep disturbance, brain injuries, PTSD, anxiety and depression.

The effort is the brainchild of Cannabis Science president Robert Melamede, PhD., a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor and longtime proponent of the "Endocannabinoid System," the concept that marijuana contains components that regulate many different body functions.
The Endocannabinoid system is not just a concept. It is a fact. All you have to do is look up the CB1 receptor and the CB2 receptor to learn a whole lot more. You can also read:

PTSD and the Endocannabinoid System

Police and PTSD

FDA To Study Cannabis For PTSD

Of course military people are not the only ones suffering from PTSD. But they came by it honorably: war vs child abuse. You can find out more about that at:


And just for all you libertarians out there:


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