Vets suffering from PTSD and the VA charged with helping them have endured a hazy and thorny relationship over the past decade. While tenacious scientists continually validate the medicinal value of the Cannabis plant – some relentlessly cruel politicians continue their march of the doomed, perpetuating their opposition to access for America’s veterans.
As it currently stands – thanks to the will of the people – voters in 24 states plus the District of Columbia have cast their ballot in support of medicinal cannabis, thereby legalizing marijuana for the state’s qualifying patients. Now, with the recent passage of legislation in both the US Senate and House of Representatives, veterans may soon be able to access it legally for combating their PTSD issues.
Predictably, that’s not sitting well with some propagandists
Arguing the acceptance and recommendation of medical marijuana for today’s returning vets is nothing short of a “bad idea,” the Weekly Standard pays back our brave men and women in uniform with lies and deceptions. Specifically stating that, should the Obama administration allow the VA to support marijuana for their troubled veterans, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, such action would constitute “active damage.”
Per the (sub) Standard post, “No physician, of course, can actually prescribe marijuana, for medicinal purposes or otherwise, as it is not an approved medication, and has no demonstrated therapeutic value in the treatment of any condition, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is further the clear safety risk in its use, not only from abuse potential but from its association with adverse health outcomes, such as diminished quality of life and even premature death.”
But in reality…
Current estimations indicate as many as 20 percent of our vets returning home from the Middle East suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Angry, perplexed, and seeking support, the Veterans Administration estimated in 2012 that nearly 22 vets, on average, chose to take their life on a daily basis – rather than suffer silently in the shadow of despair.
Heavily dependent on expensive pills like Paxil and Zoloft, VA doctors are inclined to lean towards prescribing more traditional pharmaceuticals in their quiver of antidepressants. Meanwhile, less traditional FDA approved options, chiefly marijuana, have been labeled as a dangerous notion, and a plague of wishful thinking.
Mercifully, that has all started to change thanks to last week’s vote in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and Dr. Sue Sisley. Fortified by a greater understanding of the plants potential, and her never-ending tenacity, Dr. Sisley managed to finagle the FDA’s long-overdue approval for testing the plant’s compounds as a potential treatment on 76 vets suffering from PTSD.