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On-line Medical Cannabis Accreditation

Follow Us!Share This! In 1860 the Ohio State Medical Society met to discuss an agenda that included the treatment of pain. Working in the early years of the Republic meant for most, hard labor. The use of alcohol, almost always in the form of hard cider, was the common man, woman and child’s pain killer and safe to drink liquid. Laudanum and opiates of various sorts were other common pain controls. The conference centered on the cannabis plant, used generously…
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Public Policy

1860

Follow Us!Share This! A couple of weeks ago I picked up a copy of Navy Times at my American Legion Post in Florida, a newspaper dedicated to Navy interest issues that has comparable siblings covering the Army and Air Force. The news was distressing to an old hand. Senior enlisted, “Chiefs”, were being scolded by the Chief of the Navy about their penchant for alcohol. Letters to the editor called for those abusing alcohol to be removed from the service….
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Therapeutic Effects

Irv

Follow Us!Share This! Unlike most US politicians the typical citizen, the 99 percent, believe the medicinal use of cannabis should be part of our national pharmacopeia. The number is generally accepted to be 80% that are positive about cannabis used as a medical option. Four out of five, the vast majority. The key here is that citizens rightfully consider medically trained professionals to know what is good medicine and what is bad. It was not elected officials that identified and…
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Federal IND Patients

George

Follow Us!Share This!The first time I saw George was in the summer of 1990. He was to be on a panel that would discuss the use of cannabis therapeutically from a patients perspective. He was a regular user of cannabis to alleviate the worst of his symptoms, which included Pain, Spasm and Nausea. He began a medical cannabis protocol on March 16, 1990. In August of 1999 at my request he wrote the following that was provided at no cost…
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Federal IND Patients

Ladd & Barbara

Follow Us!Share This!Both Ladd and Barbara live in Iowa. Both have been ill for decades. Years ago Ladd found out that the US government was giving medical cannabis to certain patients for their illnesses through the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) program. He has multiple sclerosis (MS) and he found through personal experimentation that his symptoms improved and the disease was put in a remission-like state when he used cannabis regularly. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic neurological disorder that results…
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Federal IND Patients

Elvy

Follow Us!Share This!The first woman in the United States to receive medicinal cannabis from the federal government was Elvy Musikka. “Make sure you get the spelling right Al, two K’s” she chided me when I met her initially back in DC, in 1990. Without wishing to take the informed reader too deep into a well discussed history I shorten the tale by relating that Elvy was at the time of our meeting about to be on a panel with Robert…
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Federal IND Patients

Nutrition

Follow Us!Share This! A major cause of illness and death is nutritional deficiency. We all know that lack of food makes us feel weak and tired with a loss of stamina and short term energy. Humans have long sought food from our earth’s bounty and have found protein and carbohydrates and sugars in large enough quantity to sustain and enlarge the human race. But what is the best food? The perfect food? Cannabis has been grown for food and medicine…
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Cannabis Research, Therapeutic Effects

The Sanity Defense

Follow Us!Share This! I am not an attorney. I have no legal training or experience other than as an expert witness. I do know from experiencing a reasonably long life that if a person in the United States is declared a nut by medical professionals, insane, then the person is not held to the standards applied legally to criminals who are otherwise sane citizens. What if the law a person breaks is insane? If a federal law is dated by…
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Public Policy

PST(d)

Follow Us!Share This!There are three ways to suffer a condition called Post Traumatic Stress (disorder) and one way to call it what it is. It is not a disorder in my opinion, humble and not medically trained. In medical dictionary terminology a disorder is “a derangement of function; a morbid physical or mental state.” (1). In my dictionary disorder is just another insult to injury. What an RN may think of the word and what an untrained civilian may think…
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Veteran Issues

Veterans, Post Traumatic Stress and Medical Cannabis

Follow Us!Share This!Patients Out of Time recognizes that the federal prohibition of herbal cannabis is unjust and hurts patients. In 2010 Dr. Robert Petzel, the Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs issued a Directive that acknowledged the medical value of cannabis and directed VA physicians that they could continue to provide treatment to Veterans who use cannabis as long as they live in a state with a medical cannabis law and have a recommendation for cannabis from a civilian physician. This…
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Cannabis Research, News, Veteran Issues