There Is A Legal Way To Get Cannabinoids To Our Veterans Now: A simple solution for the Veterans Administration (VA).
There have been a lot of news articles showing up about organizations advocating for marijuana to be prescribed and paid for by the Veterans Administration. Providing our Nation’s Heroes prescriptions for marijuana is certainly a bit of a hot button topic. Not because it doesn’t work but because marijuana is a Schedule I drug and federally illegal. Here is the VA’s current stance on marijuana for veterans: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/medical-marijuana.asp
A few of the recent articles discussing marijuana and Veterans can be found here:
One of the key points that should be highlighted is Cannabinoids are not all classified as marijuana. The THC levels are what determine whether or not the plant is classified as a schedule I drug by the DEA or if it is classified as industrial hemp meaning that the THC levels are <.3%. As long as CBD is made from Industrial Hemp, sourced under the Federal Farm Act of 2014 it is federally legal. So with the current controversy that’s been escalating in the news and across the country about the Veterans Administration providing marijuana to Vets, we should start with giving them Federally Legal CBDs.
Cannabinoid Oil contains a large spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes that have the same beneficial properties you get from marijuana without any of the psycho-active properties (you cannot get high from it). Research has shown that CBD Oil has a litany of benefits from reducing Anxiety and Hyperarousal (both PTSD symptoms), anti-inflammatory properties, reducing chronic pain, and neuroprotective properties.
The research is there and the need exists. The current risks and side effects of the approved drugs our Veterans receive are far riskier than any version of a medical marijuana plan. While some research has shown some side effects of THC to include increased anxiety (part of the psychoactive properties) this has not been found for CBD Oil. Here is where we the currently stand:
The Veterans Administration is NEVER GOING TO GIVE MARIJUANA TO VETERANS UNTIL IT IS FEDERALLY LEGAL It’s simply not going to happen. We need to continue to advocate for and build awareness towards this end but it’s not helping Veterans right now.
CBD Extracts made from Hemp sourced under the Federal Farm Act of 2014 ARE Federally Legal.
THC is not a necessary and sometimes an unwanted component. It’s also the only cannabinoid that has some potential side effects.
More attention should be brought to the benefits of all Cannabinoids. THC is actually one of the minor cannabinoids in relation to health benefits and may have some negative side effects.
The VA should be providing CBD as a supplement to any Vet receiving services that wants it NOW.