If one ever dares to venture into one of America’s homeless encampments, one may realize that there is an abundance of veterans. Similarly, if one were to gather up a population of persons suffering form Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, one would again find a preponderance of veterans. There has long been anecdotal evidence that cannabis has therapeutic value in the treatment of PTSD. Where else than the woods can a U. S. veteran reside, if cannabis is the most effective therapy and society is more than willing to incarcerate for exercising this option?
Many years ago the Israelis established that lab rats – whose endocannabinal system had been compromised – had no capacity to relinquish fears. The natural process of abating the effects of traumatic experiences is largely dependent on a healthy endocannabinal feedback system. A more recent study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22796109) indicates that this is also true for humans.
Why is it that Israeli soldiers can receive cannabis for PTSD, but American veterans can’t? A better question might be, “Why aren’t American researchers allowed to try to prove if it’s effective medicine or not?” At this very moment, there exists a proposed study to examine just this question. The FDA has already authorized the commencement of the study which hopes to determine the efficacy of cannabis against PTSD working exclusively with veterans. Not surprisingly, the pharmaceutical industry-controlled NIDA has declined authorization due to the possibility that cannabis may work. That would be in direct conflict with their political position: cannabis has no medicinal value.
Next time you manage to corner or contact one of your Hoosier representatives, ask them why American veterans haven’t been able to experience the same benefits as those from other countries and why the US government is unwilling to allow research to find the truth.