I caught the following yesterday as HHS, Department of Health and Human Services', along with others were releasing the public news about.
This should have started some forty years ago, as we came home from Vietnam. Instead the Country ignored what we and many in the anti-war movement were saying. Some of conservative thinking individuals made handsome livings denying PTS, Post Traumatic Stress, and frankly Traumatic Brain injuries, even existed. They were very well paid speakers and authors and those served liked it that way. Trouble is it even greatly hurt the civilian populations where individuals lived through their own damaging traumatic experiences.
March 17, 2014 - The U.S. government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major shift in U.S. policy.
The Department of Health and Human Services' decision surprised marijuana advocates who have struggled for decades to secure federal approval for research into the drug's medical uses.
The proposal from the University of Arizona was long ago cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, but researchers had been unable to purchase marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The agency's Mississippi research farm is the only federally-sanctioned source of the drug.
In a letter last week, HHS cleared the purchase of medical marijuana by the studies' chief financial backer, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which supports medical research and legalization of marijuana and other drugs. read more>>>
Didn't see anything else about in my travels through many media sites, till a sort time ago, this popped up on the CBS site:
March 18, 2014 - Could marijuana help treat post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans? New research aims to find out.I'm not going to go into any depth about using marijuana as a medicine, especially for PTS or TBI, even in the advances found in medical marijuana that some families are finding in helping their children, as well as others.
The U.S. government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for military veterans with PTSD, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major shift in U.S. policy.
The study will measure the effects of five different potencies of smoked or vaporized marijuana in treating symptoms of PTSD in 50 veterans.
The Department of Health and Human Services' decision surprised marijuana advocates who have struggled for decades to secure federal approval for research into the drug's medical uses. read more>>>
Will say, I know many of brothers it helped, also know many who's search to relieve the nightmares carried into abuse, from alcohol down the line to other drug use, some to jail time some to death. All while what always was was totally ignored, added to a long list of other issues from previous and from Vietnam, by the country served, if it don't exist no need to pay for care.
Another thing I know. The Country, whether a war is of choice or last resort justified, benefits from many of the results of, especially medical, and like these two recent long conflicts get those benefits for free. As neither one of these two have yet to be pad for and especially the results of as to the countries responsibility the Veterans' Administration. Long under funded, long attack because of the problems caused by that under funding, and those problems cause much more to correct thus taking from what the agency is charged to accomplish, especially during and after our wars, Of Choice!!!
Add this to the growing list of issues this Veterans Administration with the help of the Executive Administration and it's entire Cabinet that has been taken on in the last five years. Still grossly under funded, still under attack especially by conservatives seeking to privatize for corporate profits, like their wars, and some still calling for Gen Shinseki to resign, same conservative ilk!!