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New Study Seeks 10,000 Veterans For Marijuana Treatment Monitoring

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veterans ptsd medical marijuana studyStudy will base operations in Denver; $240,000 in funding already secured

DENVER- Medical professionals and interested parties have announced the start of Stage 1 of a new and highly ambitious study involving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and cannabis use designed to answer a singe question: “Do Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress benefit from the Use of Medical Marijuana ?”

The principals involved in the project include Mary Lynn (ML) Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, listed as the President and Co-Founder of Patients Out Of Time; Clifton Croan, MA; and attorney William Graf, of Colorado. Mathre is also the founder of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and is on the advisory board of Veterans for Medical Cannabis.

Funding for the project includes a pledged donation of $240,000 from Croan’s company Enigami Systems. The group is still looking for money to pay for a June 7th-10th research planning meeting in Denver, establishment of an Internet website with resources and to offset the costs of establishing the 501(c)(3) federal non-profit organization.

Stage 2 of the project is the data collection phase, involving Veterans who have PTSD as their “primary or secondary  diagnosis.” Participants will receive free monitoring of their symptoms and medication useage for approx. 2-3 years. Stage 3 involves analyzing the data to determine “(t)he relationship between diagnostic symptoms and medical marijuana cannabinoids” and the publication of results in a Tier 1 medical journal.

To donate to the project or to get more information on how you can participate, use the link below:

www.rockethub.com/projects/26525-veterans-post-traumatic-stress-and-medical-marijuana

Source: The Compassion Chronicles

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  1. I’m a former Sargent in the usarmy during my three tours in Iraq I picked up some ummmmm Memories and well have some anxieties in public that cause me to freeze up and break down sometimes in tears. To tell u the truth I also had a brain aneurism in 2011 I’m very confused with the va claim papper work. So I self diagnose with high grade, but plan to move to Denver in April to get away from persecution for marijuana use

  2. I am a veteran who suffers from Epilepsy and marijuana has cured my grand mal seizures. Before marijuana, I was taking lamotrigine and I was still having at least 2 seizures a year. I have been smoking marijuana for 1 whole year and my seizures have completely stopped! Cannabis really helps, and it is completely absurd to label me or any other person who uses marijuana, for this reason, as a criminal!

  3. The truth will come out on day and people will know that it works for PTSD. I recommend group counseling be included.

  4. Holistic medical approaches for veterans would work better if they were offered at time of diagnosis. When you have a medical problem, and the doctor gives you a pill, you think there are probably no better alternatives. Talk directly to the VA doctors, Dawn. Some doctors think offering a pill is the cheapest and quickest way to continue the merry-go-round of patient care. Holistic approaches are usually much less expensive in the long run than what the VA is offering today and can help a lot of veterans.

    I think you may have an uphill battle all the way, though, as you’re dealing mostly with men, both in the medical industry and in the military. Your patient population is mostly men, who would probably prefer a pill to, say, therapy or meditation. All this testosterone will need a lot of convincing. Good luck! :)

  5. If you are a veteran and are interested in alternative healthcare (not medical marijuana) you can check out http://www.vhhfa.org for help. We are a non-profit helping veterans across the country gain access to holistic healthcare at no charge to the veterans. Visit the website to signup. If you happen to be a provider of holistic modalities, offer your services. Sign up as a volunteer provider and help veterans and their families in your area. We are here for all vets of all eras and all branches. We care. Skills Not Pills!

  6. There are edibles, capsules, and now vaporizers that eliminate the Smoke aspect of it. Ask around. And try the edibles. For some people they work extremely well.

  7. The Marijana works. I’ve had serious, Complex, severe domestic PTSD entire life. The only substance that’s ever allowed me to drop the Big Rage, the outbursts, the depressions and the anxiety you come to feel is just the new you! I’ve tried it all with Doctors scratching their head. Telling me they can’t figure out why I have such adverse reactions to their drugs and then shame me for ‘self-medicating.’ Well, they only read what the pharma companies send to them to read…

  8. Lonnie G McKinney Jr. U.S.M.C. on

    I’ve been telling Doctors for years that I would trade ALL their pills for 2 joints a day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SEMPER FI!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I have never tried or used Marijuana in my life but I have tried about 50 other ,eds for depresion and mood and everything and nothing has ever worked so I just don’t take anything

    I cant breath smoke though I have ashtma

  10. Joseph P Boomer on

    My buddy has MS and he uses the VA here in Michigan. They know he is a MMP and they don’t bother him.

  11. If memory serves, I have read more than one article about some innovative ways the military is working with PTSD patients. Can you try to get into some sort of PTSD trial? Or maybe you could move to an MMJ state? I have read statistics that, in New Mexico, the number one reason for applying to get a medical cannabis card is PTSD (the number two reason being chronic pain).

  12. I am a Vet with PTSD, I was prescribed Maranol, the pill for of Marijuana while I was stationed in North Carolina by a civilian doctor that the military had me go see. once the military found out that I was being prescribed this medication they put a stop to me seeing that doctor. The doctor said that was doing great on it and that he has notes and records that lasted over 6 months that proved that my symptoms were improving dramaticly. However the military didn’t care about that part, they just wanted it out of my system due to it is still not legal for military service members. I am medically retired from the military with 80% and live in Virginia where any kind of THC is still not legal. Wish it was because my symptoms are back and in full effect. I have been prescribed every medication you can think of for PTSD and nothing seems to work. Im not the military’s problem anymore so its a lot harder for anyone to understand. thanks Josh L.

  13. Dear Lisa: You should never post your phone number or email address in a public forum like this. If you are interested in the study, you should try to contact Mary Lynn (ML) Mathre at mlmathre@hughes.net (I got this email address from the first link above.) Good luck.

  14. Dear Lisa: You should never post your phone number or email address in a public forum like this. If you are interested in the study, you should try to contact Mary Lynn (ML) Mathre at mlmathre@hughes.net (I got this email address from the first link above.) Good luck.

  15. my husband is a vet and he has a dx of PTSD and they have him on depakote and paxil we live in ar is this also available for him as well the pills are not safe and make him like a zombie. They have adjusted them as well and still the same thing happens so he will not take them and has out burst like crazy I have had to get rid if all of our guns because of it. Here is how you may reach us 870-653-3014 or by e-mail at bdowns1969@gmail.com Thank you a desperate wife

  16. my husband is a vet and he has a dx of PTSD and they have him on depakote and paxil we live in ar is this also available for him as well the pills are not safe and make him like a zombie. They have adjusted them as well and still the same thing happens so he will not take them and has out burst like crazy I have had to get rid if all of our guns because of it. Here is how you may reach us 870-653-3014 or by e-mail at bdowns1969@gmail.com Thank you a desperate wife

  17. do you have to be a veteran ? I have SAVERE PTSD from mutable rapes at gun and knife point along with abuse. I would be willing ..how do you sign up ?

  18. do you have to be a veteran ? I have SAVERE PTSD from mutable rapes at gun and knife point along with abuse. I would be willing ..how do you sign up ?

  19. I know several Vets who self medicate with Marijuana and every single one have tried the prescribed drugs and every single one has said that Marijuana helps them alot more than any of the prescribed drugs. I haven’t tried it myself tho as I try to stay away from it.

  20. How does the VA react to marijuana in Vets ? Any chance of getting Benefits revoked for Drug Use ?????

  21. Jay Matthew on

    Statewide Collective here in LA may be looking for people to do CBD treatment soon for a study.

  22. Good idea, they need to add a medical doctor so that the study can get written up in scholarly journals. They did a study on using cannabis as treatment for alcoholism and hard drugs in Berkeley. It’s always good to have a medical doctor included.

  23. David Apperson on

    I have been waiting nine (9) months for the Einstein School of Medicine to share their research two (2) weeks ago. And this new study I posted this morning on Vets Helping Vets ( http://www.facebook.com/military.veterans ) – You will see that there are already individuals ready to sign up on your program.

    You may want to share VA Directive 2011-004 ( http://www.myveteran.org/2012/02/va-directive-2011-004.html )

    My number is 817.937.5366 and we issue ID Cards to our members on http://www.potcard.org/ and perhaps can help you in your research project !

    David Apperson, Volunteer

  24. christopherbrandonmooregarner on

    I’d be willing to volunteer. Tried plenty of other things since getting back and getting out. Only a couple states away too so not far, hope some information becomes available soon as to how to apply and/or register

  25. I’m a vietnam era war vet who just had a visit from the local po-po last night. They confiscated my WHOLE crop of four (4) plants and issued me a court date of June 11, 2013. Due to the various medical problems, anxiety attacks, Hep-C, lower back and neck pain, plus copd I avoided a trip to the cross-bar hotel. I’ve found that toking occasionally helps me avoid taking as much of the following prozac, xanax, and two different pain meds so hit me up for he study.

  26. I want to sign up. Multiple deployments, suffer from PTSD and have cancer thanks to my service and deployments.

  27. Yes they do! My father was a POW in Nam with severe PTSD. That was the only thing that ever helped him.

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