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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 3:23 pm    Post subject: Toxicologist Says Treatment for PTSD Should Include Cannabis Reply with quote

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Oregon Toxicologist Says Treatment for PTSD Should Include Cannabis

Dr. Philip Leveque Salem-News.com
Phillip Leveque, a former WWII combat infantryman, physician and toxicologist, discusses the merits of marijuana use for those who suffer from PTSD.


(MOLLALA, Ore.) - 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.


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http://www.salem-news.com/articles/may082007/ptsd_leveque_5707.php




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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Philip Leveque is great! In California PTSD does qualify for a medical card. I thought this would become a bigger issue as soldiers return from war zones and find cannabis works best with fewer side effects.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every single US veteran I've ever met in Amsterdam used Cannabis, and those are many. Another thing that I have noticed is that many of them are very young, it shows that the US army recrutes at schools.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am 100 percent disabled American vet. I tested for post traumatic stress disorder and scored as high as combat vets. I can tell you Cannibus works for my condition!!!!! if not for Cannibus I may have blown my head off already. Yes Ferre they do come and recruit at High Schools I met them when I was 14 they kept up with me until I went into boot camp. I was signed in by my parents as soon as I turned 16 and finished boot camp months before my 18th birthday. Mallory Jade
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, they do open the schools to recruiters who teach kids how to beat the drug testing.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really Pepper? In my days they just had you sign a waiver once they got you in boot camp. they gave us one get out of a piss test free card.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the recruiters lost his job around here a couple of years ago when it was discovered that he was helping kids beat the test. It was brushed off as an isolated incident. I think you can still get a waiver. You have to pass the test or wait 45 days to try again. The wait is down from couple of years ago when you had to wait 6 months.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats is so funny.('Smile') Nothing they do suprises me.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.wrcbtv.com/news/index.cfm?sid=8407

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Army Drug Cheats

High school kids are graduating this month and many are headed into the military.

The problem is that many may be in combat next to a fellow soldier who has a drug problem and the Army knows it.

As the war in Iraq rages on, the battle to find new fighting men and women is waged everyday in recruiting offices.

Before they can carry a gun or fly a fighter jet, new recruits must pass a drug test.

The potential recruits are given one chance to pass their drug test when they show up to the Military Entrance Processing Station, but a hidden camera investigation carried out by San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI caught recruiters volunteering to help recruits ace the drug test at home or in their office before ever heading to MEPS for that official test.

One recruiter made it clear that a person could still enlist even if he or she did not pass a drug test the first time.

WOAI: "What happens if I don't pass the drug test?

Recruiter: "Uh, well, then you wait until you can." The same recruiter showed our undercover producer an actual drug test so he knew when he was clean and could pass the test.

Recruiter: "We have drug tests right here.

WOAI: "Ok"

Recruiter: "I can give you a test and if you fail it I mean we can't put you in 'hot,' you know what I'm saying? You can't. Then you would have to get clean." The recruiter even showed our undercover producer how to use the test.

Recruiter: "Ok, you know how to use one of these?"

WOAI: "Yeah"

Recruiter: "You do?"

WOAI: " I don't want to do that right now."

Recruiter: "I know. I am just going to let you walk out with it, and you let me know, and I am going to give you my card and you call me. You pee in the cup and you hold it. You see the wavy lines? Go below that. Just hold it in there and you hold it for about 30 seconds."

The team went undercover to four Army recruiting offices.

In each case, the recruiters volunteered to help our potential solider ace his drug test.

Recruiter: "Now, what we also do is we have a lab downtown and the records come right back to us. We have a young man that took it yesterday. We send you over there, results come back and tell us what you're hot for and they tell us about how much time you have to wait before you take the actual physical down at MEPS in order to get a good reading."

Another recruiter told our producer how they avoid testing positive for drugs.

Recruiter: "Here's how it works, to save you from like getting in trouble, and to cover us. We give you one here in the office. We will not send you down to MEPS to take a physical or to join the Army if you did not pass the one we have in the office. We would not. It is out of the question. We tell you to come back every week. We would have you come back every week on a certain day and keep taking it until you pass and once you pass then we would send you down. Say, we didn't have the ability to, say, if you were take one right now and you fail, it doesn't go to nobody. It doesn't disqualify you from no job [because] it's official, but unofficial, you know what I am saying? Nobody knows that but my station commander and me."

"They're coaching, they're coaching people how to evade the test," said Retired Army Colonel Ken Allard, who was shocked when he saw what we uncovered.

He believes this is happening because recruiters are under pressure to meet quotas.

He fears the fall out of a soldier on drugs in combat.

"If he slips through the net and winds up in combat, he could wind up hurting or killing his fellow soldiers. That's the ultimate nightmare," Allard said,

"No matter how they may rationalize it, to me it is simply evasion. What they're doing is wrong and should be stopped immediately."

Lieutenant Rene Brown is in charge of all army recruiters in South Texas and was not pleased with the recruiters' methods.

"I was a little disappointed with my recruiters and how they actually stated our policy.

The Army has a zero tolerance policy as it relates to drugs," Brown said.

Zero tolerance means that if a person tests positive while in the Army, he or she is kicked out.

Brown claims they only pre-screen for drugs to save time and money.

"We pre-screen to insure that the applicants can meet the Army's guidance on drugs, no drugs at all," Brown said.

"We don't pre-screen to help them pass the test."

The Trouble Shooters asked the Army if they plan to stop pre-screening for drugs, but they have not given any response.


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 5:11 pm    Post subject: PSTD Reply with quote

I have pstd and have had both posative and negative effects,, i think its strain dependant.. the higher quality stuff always worked better
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 5:30 pm    Post subject: Aloha and Mahalos Reply with quote

yep , got the ptsd thing too, just trying to get my rating now, not easy
been 100 % disables since 94,,, served 73 75, navy,,, took up until 3 yrs ago for the right diagnosis, suffered for yrs and took over 30 types of meds,, almost killed me , worse than the ptsd, fuggers, don't know shit
don't trust em, except doctors like this guy, i like the ad about adding a
little opium, makes total sence to me, been sober since 85,no drinking
bad stuff and doesn't help in the long run, but and MMj does and I make my own pills and other stuff, i think we need skin patches and inhalors like the one for asma,,, i have all kind of ideas about this subject,,, waitin for the right time and help to do it,,,, but this guy says it all and knows for sure,,, he has my support and gratitude, this is some bad shit and ya suffer terribly , terribly, fug that patton good, he didn;t know squat either and didn't care in the least about his people like the goverment users of men and good women too, who wants to fight for liers and cheeters and
bulshit artist, not me and when it's all layed out people will see how money people and big buss did it all, read the article in vanity fare this month bruce willis, put plain and simple,,,,,,
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ferre wrote:
Another thing that I have noticed is that many of them are very young, it shows that the US army recrutes at schools.


Under the Bush administration, Congress passed a law requiring ALL schools in the U.S. to provide detailed personal information on ALL students to military recruiters.
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