Treatment for PTSD Should Include Cannabis

Treatment for PTSD Should Include Cannabis
Posted by CN Staff on May 08, 2007 at 14:05:56 PT
By Dr. Philip Leveque, 
Source: Salem News
Mollala, Oregon -- For those who do not know it, the humans and all animals so far tested produce two marijuana like substances, Anandamide and 2- Arachidonal glycerol (2AG), which produce exactly the same medical functions as marijuana.Secondly marijuana/cannabis has been used in human medicine for about 4,000 years and have never killed anybody, which cannot be said for almost any other medicine.
Thirdly, between 1850 and 1900 cannabis medicine was the most prescribed and most used medicine for about 100 different diseases in the U.S. Fourthly, in 1988 after hearing 15 days of testimony, pro and con, DEA Administrative Judge Francis L. Young made the following ruling, “Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. Marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume.” Three DEA Administrators, all non-physicians, refused to comply and have deprived millions of desperately ill patients’ effective relief.Authors Note: Many newspapers and magazines are currently publishing articles about PTSD – what is it and what to do about it. Most reporters AND psychiatrists don’t have a clue. One heavy artillery or mortar barrage would give them some insight.In World War I, it was called “Shell Shock”. As a frontline Combat Infantryman, pointman, scout and forward observer, I know what an artillery or mortar barrage is like – it scares the bejesus out of the soldier. In a long barrage, I can see the soldier going psychotic – frozen in space and time and not being able to speak or move, even if some battalion officer visiting the front would order him to do so. It happened a lot. During World War II, if the soldier was lucky (I’m joking) he would be sent back to an aid station and be given a triple dose of a barbiturate sleeping pill. These were called “blue 88s”. They would knock-out the soldier for at least 24 hours. Then he was often sent back to the front. On the off chance it was an officer, he would be sent way back to a rest area, often with as much booze as he wanted for as long as he wanted.Army psychiatrists have had a field day with this. They first called it “homesickness” (what a crock). They also called it “war neurosis”. That doesn’t cover it. Everybody in a war zone has neurosis. It’s how we cope. Battle is super stressful. A recent example is the serial killer at Virginia Tech who killed 32 students.The whole student body and faculty had a neurosis. Many will suffer from PTSD. For a soldier who may be almost constantly under fire with the knowledge that a whole bunch of enemy are trying to kill him and he is so tired and stressed out, does anyone, including psychiatrists, believe the soldier can carry on indefinitely? Battle fatigue, terror fatigue, combat stress or PTSD seems to slightly cover the situation.One of the symptoms is the belief that one cannot survive. This is NOT fear or paranoia. With horrible death and destruction all around, how can a soldier NOT know he won’t survive? But still, he carries on. During World War II, in North Africa, the “nervous breakdown” ratio (another name for the same) was 15 to 20% of living casualties. Some other casualties went berserk and charged a machine gun or ran into a minefield. At the Battle of the Bulge, they shot themselves in the foot or let their feet freeze. No toes on a foot was better than a shot in the head.The Vietnam soldier discovered an effective treatment for PTSD. They discovered it while in Vietnam. It was high-grade Marijuana and sometimes opium or a combination of both.It isn’t even known how high a percentage of frontline “grunts”, as they were called, used the above, but it was a lot. They also had access to all the beer or booze they could get their hands on. This was certainly no different than the “blue 88s” of WWII, and better in the long run. The Vietnam Administration Clinics have tried every anti-psychotic and anti-depressant in the book as well as highly potent pain killers like Oxycontin and M.S. contin (morphine) with minimal success for PTSD. They did end up with thousands of drug addicts and alcoholics.I had about 500 Vietnam vet patients. Many had PTSD which was not acceptable for an Oregon Medical Marijuana permit. Most did have some physical injury for which I could give them a permit. Will vets please write in their experiences?Email your story to: Tell Dr. Leveque: newsroom salem-news.comNote: This is modified from the article: “Battle Fatigue: What’s wrong with these sissies?” from the author’s book “General Patton’s Dogface Soldier” by Phil Leveque.Note: Phillip Leveque, a former WWII combat infantryman, physician and toxicologist, discusses the merits of marijuana use for those who suffer from PTSD. Complete Title: Oregon Toxicologist Says Treatment for PTSD Should Include CannabisSource: Salem News (OR)Author: Philip Leveque, Salem-News.comPublished: May 8, 2007Copyright: 2007 URL: newsroom salem-news.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by potpal on May 09, 2007 at 08:32:32 PT
this and that
Well, it is about time someone mention hemp in the same sentence as biofuel. It is my understanding that the diesel engine was designed primarily with hemp fuel in mind.,GGLR:2006-11,GGLR:en&q=isrAEL+ptsd+cannabis 
Israel has been researching cannabis as a option for PTSD for a few years now. What's the latest word from there, I wonder.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on May 09, 2007 at 07:52:05 PT
OT: Hemp Power
CN BC: Hemp, Canola Studied For BC Bioenergy, Maple Ridge News, (05 May 2007)
 Canada: PUB LTE: Hemp/Cannabis/Marijuana Simple Solution to Fighting Climate Change, The Hill Times, (07 May 2007) 
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on May 09, 2007 at 06:07:11 PT
Dr. Leveque is still at it! One of the heroes of this effort.  What a saint! A role model for anyone else. re: the lawsuit in Santa Barbara - CLASSIC comparison of American vs. Russian culture. In Russia, they beat you down with truncheons - in America, with lawyers.  The two failed empires! yippee
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on May 08, 2007 at 18:52:49 PT
its on 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 08, 2007 at 18:23:40 PT
Press Release from The ACLU
ACLU Defends Sponsor of Marijuana Initiative from Attack***By Santa Barbara City Council May 8, 2007CONTACT: media Participation in Political Process Must Not Become a Casualty of the “War on Drugs,” Says ACLU 
SANTA BARBARA, CA – Citing California’s ban on strategic lawsuits against public participation (“SLAPP”), the American Civil Liberties Union today moved to dismiss a legal challenge brought by the Santa Barbara City Council seeking to thwart a new law, enacted through voter initiative, that directs police to focus resources on violent and serious crime by making marijuana use the lowest law enforcement priority. The Council’s lawsuit was brought against the initiative’s sponsor based solely on her participation in the political process. 
 “Individuals must be free to join in the democratic process without fear of being dragged into court,” said Allen Hopper, an attorney with the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project. “If allowed to proceed, the Council’s lawsuit will have a chilling effect on the political activity of all Californians.”
 The Council is seeking to overturn Measure P, a ballot initiative that was passed on November 7, 2007 by over 65 percent of the electorate. The initiative was sponsored by Heather Poet, who is the lone target of the Council’s litigation.
 California’s anti-SLAPP statute, which is intended to protect individuals from litigation based on participation in the political process, shields Poet from the Council’s lawsuit, according to the ACLU. 
Today’s legal filing by the ACLU argues that initiative proponents, like Poet, must be assured they will not risk the time and expense of drawn-out litigation solely because they support the passage of a law, such as Measure P, that is later challenged in court. 
 Designed to free law enforcement resources to better address violent and serious crime, Measure P makes “investigations, citations, arrests, property seizures, and prosecutions for adult marijuana offenses, where the marijuana was intended for adult personal use, the city of Santa Barbara’s lowest law enforcement priority.” The measure does not de-prioritize marijuana offenses related to public use or driving under the influence.
 In 2005, the city of Santa Barbara suffered over 570 violent crimes and 1,500 serious property crimes, according to federal government statistics.
 Santa Barbara is not alone in enacting its lowest law enforcement priority ordinance. Since 2000, at least 11 cities and counties, including seven in California, have enacted legislation treating certain marijuana offenses as a low or the lowest law enforcement priority. 
 The full text of the Measure P initiative is available online at: The ACLU’s motion calling for a dismissal of the Council’s lawsuit is available at:
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