Cannabis-based therapy is growing in popularity because, according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health's government website, "cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur; their addictive potential is considerably lower than that of other prescribed agents or substances of abuse."
Each topic will open in a new window when you click on them. Please take the time to learn how veterans and others use cannabis as an effective treatment for each of the following:
The Veteran's Health Administration (VHA), the only civilian branch of government to practice medicine, agrees that cannabis is medicine. The VHA Directive 2011-004 states, "...patients participating in State marijuana programs must not be denied VHA services." When service members are called up to fight for our country, they are not asked to fight for just one state; they fight for the whole country. Safe, legal access to cannabis is mission-critical to so many of the people that served. They didn't serve this country so that veterans in the same armed forces can have access to a medicine in 20 states when veterans in the other 30 states can't.
"My pregnant wife didn't seek the advice of a judge to ensure the health of her baby's pre-birth. I do not take my sick dog to an accountant, or CPA, for proper treatment. Why, then, does the US continue to seek out the answer to the clinical uses of cannabis in the halls of law instead of the laboratories of medical schools?"
- Al Byrne, LCDR, USN, Ret.
"Access to this natural medicine would mean not taking eight pills a day to control my daily seizures. It would also allow me to return to work after two years of health-related retirement."
- Joe Sisco, USMC, Ret.