Congress Introduces Bill to Start Medical Marijuana Research at Department of Veteran Affairs A new piece of legislation introduced in Congress last week is seeking to authorize and instruct the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to research medical marijuana for use in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain in American soldiers returning from war. Officially presented to Congress on April 16th by the legislation’s authors Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), HR5520, or the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act, would, if passed, instruct the notoriously prohibitionist federal agency to “conduct and support research relating to the efficacy and safetyRead More →

CBD also called cannabidiol is among over 114 compounds present in cannabis. CBD like the other constituents of marijuana belongs to a category of molecules known as cannabinoids. THC also known as tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD are much more highly concentrated in marijuana than the other compounds. THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. The levels of CBD and THC vary among different marijuana plants, because a plant can make only a particular amount of resin, and both of these compounds make up the resin content of the plant. Marijuana that is grown for entertainment purposes has been breed to contain higher THC levels thanRead More →

Veterans Groups Battle Medical Marijuana Ban On Capitol Hill March 9, 2018 By Tom Angell Several of the U.S.’s most prominent veterans advocacy organizations are stepping up the push for medical marijuana. During two hearings on Capitol Hill this week, leaders of veterans service groups called on Congress to force the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to do more to provide access to and conduct research on medical cannabis. “This is the year that our views will be heard on cannabis,” Melissa Bryant, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said in front of a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans’Read More →

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: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2017/10/26/feds-should-research-medical-marijuana-for-veterans-lawmakers-say/#530cf0194024 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/11/06/veterans-tell-of-medical-marijuana-use-in-defiance-of-backward-federal-policy/?utm_term=.1727965799c6 http://www.newyorkupstate.com/news/2017/11/new_york_va_at_odds_over_medical_marijuana_for_veterans_with_ptsd.htmlRead More →

VA and Marijuana – What Veterans need to know Several states in the U.S. have approved the use of marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. Veterans should know that federal law classifies marijuana – including all derivative products – as a Schedule One controlled substance. This makes it illegal in the eyes of the federal government. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is required to follow all federal laws including those regarding marijuana. As long as the Food and Drug Administration classifies marijuana as Schedule One VA health care providers may not recommend it or assist Veterans to obtain it. Veteran participation in state marijuanaRead More →