Dallas Buyers Club all over again?

Military veterans suffering from PTSD denied the one drug that appears to be effective in relieving the suffering they are living through on a daily basis.
“The first time Dr. Sisley listened to a veteran with PTSD describe self-medicating with weed, she ignored him. A lifelong conservative, her perception of marijuana was reduced to stoners getting high for fun. “[My patients] wouldn’t even talk about it with me—they knew I would disapprove,” she tells me.
But the stories didn’t stop. Recurring nightmares, insomnia, loss of interest, anger, sadness, and irritability—the hallmark symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—were paralyzing her patients. The medicine wasn’t working. Zoloft and Paxil, the only two FDA-approved medicines for the condition, left the soldiers feeling numb, dizzy, and in a constant state of fog. Marijuana, many found, was stronger than all of them combined.”
In a related article “The Anti-Pot Lobby’s Big Bankroll” by Lee Fang, in the most recent issue of The Nation magazine, the details of who is behind the anti-pot forces are explained. A few quotes from the article….
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now report that more Americans die from painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined. (Notably there are no known deaths related to marijuana, although there have been instances of impaired driving.)”
“So it’s a little more than odd that CADCA and the other groups leading the fight against relaxing marijuana laws, including the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, derive a significant portion of their budget from opioid manufacturers and other pharmaceutical companies.”
Michigan’s Republican Attorney General is fighting vigorously to close down medical marijuana outlets in the state in spite of the people voting to approve medical marijuana. This dude definitely does not have the people’s welfare in mind.
Running long again this morning so let me close with a disclaimer.
I did try marijuana one time and unlike former President Clinton, I did inhale. It was not a pleasant experience for me as I continued drinking Budweiser while my more experienced colleagues switched to soft drinks. Only time in my life that I crawled under the covers with one shoe on. A wing tip cordovan to be exact.
Enjoy the outdoors today and carry on my friends, carry on!


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