Why Our Nation’s Finest Are Pushing for Medical Marijuana Legalization

Depression after war

 

This summer, the American Legion, which is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, began asking the Federal Government to allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana for veterans experiencing symptoms of PTSD. This makes sense when you consider the following:

As you probably know, PTSD is a serious problem in our veterans community that can have debilitating consequences. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 11-20 veterans out of 100 who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom suffer from PTSD in a given year.

Regarding the Gulf War, it is estimated that 12 out of every 100 Gulf War veterans experience PTSD in a given year. Finally, although medical officials originally estimated in the 1980s that 15 out of every 100 Vietnam veterans experienced PTSD in a given year, the Department of Veterans Affairs now says that the number is actually double that.

The symptoms of PTSD can include nightmares, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. The Department of Veterans Affairs says that PTSD can triple the risk of suicide, and approximately 20 veterans each day commit suicide – often because of their PTSD symptoms.

How Can Medical Marijuana Help Veterans Suffering from PTSD?

 

As Daniel Fung, once of Waterford, CT, would say, there are many healthful benefits of medical marijuana use, and one of the most exciting could be its mitigation of PTSD symptoms. Currently, 28 states and the District of Columbia include PTSD in their medical marijuana programs. This is in part due to the advocacy by veterans who are telling their stories.

In an AP article on the subject, one retired Marine staff sergeant said medical marijuana allowed him to get off opioids and other medications used to treat pain, anxiety, and insomnia. His story is one of many that showcase how medical marijuana can help veterans live their lives again.

As an advocate for medical marijuana legalization, Daniel Fung of Watertown, CT hopes to see more veterans receive access to medical marijuana if they need it. Although research is affected by its federal status, there is still too much evidence out there that shows how medical marijuana can provide relief to veterans suffering from PTSD.

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What Are Some of the Benefits of CBD Oil?

Medicinal cannabis with extract oil in a bottle

One of the most common misnomers is that all cannabinoids get someone high and alter the mind immensely. However, this is not in the least true. THC and CBD react with CB1 receptors in the brain very differently, which is why THC is psychoactive and CBD is not. In fact, CBD does not fit well with CB1 receptors and acts as an antagonist.

CBD oil is perfectly safe and may be responsible for some of the most referenced benefits of cannabis use for medical patients. Although the research is still scant, there have been some studies that indicate that CBD oil could provide numerous benefits to the general public. Here are several, according to a recent article from High Times:

  • CBD oil may combat cigarette addiction: Although the numbers are down, tens of millions of Americans smoke. Cigarette addiction has been linked with a host of horrible health ailments. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 24 smokers, those who ingested CBD oil through an inhaler were 40% less likely to light up than those who received a placebo.
  • CBD oil may calm your nerves: It is well-known that CBD produces anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects that can help slow things down. In addition to that, as CBD is a CB1 antagonist, users can enjoy its antipsychotic benefits as well.
  • CBD oil could help reduce reliance on opioids: As we all know, we have an opioid problem in this country. This problem stems back in part to how doctors treated chronic pain and fibromyalgia in the past and even to this day. In a 2011 CBD study on its effects on patients with fibromyalgia, those who used CBD saw a significant reduction in symptoms when compared to those who used traditional methods of treatment.

Daniel Fung, formerly of CT, has read the research and is encouraged by the studies that have come out on the benefits of CBD oil. CBD oil can be ingested in a number of different of ways, depending on the preference of the user. You can take a pill with CBD oil in it, mix it into your favorite foods, or inhale it using a vaporizer. CBD tinctures are also very popular.

Over the past few years, Daniel Y Fung has gained significant expertise in the arena of extracts. Daniel Y Fung worked in CT on a patent for a new dosable form of dry MMJ flowers. Since then, Daniel Y Fung has moved from CT and now operates his own company, Dank Fung Extracts, which focuses on vaporizers and other tools used for cannabis ingestion.