Hallucinogens Beating PTSD Veterans Say

Hallucinogens Beating PTSD Veterans Say

Magic Mushrooms, Marijuana and More Used Successfully By Vets

Joints, gummies, CBD oil, ‘shrooms and stellate ganglion blocks (SGBs). In a recent discussion online, Veterans are reporting amazing results from these DIY meds. They’re beating their PTSD with them. Non-pharma options are working.

With Congress recently killing a late 2020 bill to remove cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, Congress is moving too slow and out of touch of these hippy drugs. White men in their 60s and 70s are still laboring under the Nixon-era non-pharma drug attitudes. Recreational drugs have been a part of active duty mental health since the hell of Vietnam. With the ravages of PTSD hitting them every day, they’re taking matters into their own hands. Here’s a slice of their lives tripping out to save their own lives.

Psychedelics, also known as psychedelic drugs, hallucinogens, or hallucinogenic drugs are chemical substances that induce hallucinations and other sensory disturbances.

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"Between weed and a stellate ganglion block, I don't suffer from PTSD hardly at all. Some breakthroughs, but I don't have to take the 8 medications the VA wants me on."

“I actually use CBD gummies to help me sleep and CBD lotion on my shoulder where I was wounded. It works so damn well. The gummies are amazing. I don’t have to take my Prazosin anymore and the massage oils and lotion I use works wonders on my shoulder and my ankle I broke 6 years ago. I’m not a pothead by any means but marijuana as a whole has changed my life and bettered it. I don’t have to eat opiates like I used to and I don’t have to get fucked up to make it work. I do smoke a bit but just when I need a boost to help me eat when I’m having a bad day. It is literally a medicine to me. Fuck big pharma.”

“Mushrooms saved my life.”

“People have this misconception that trips are all about having fun, giggling and laughing, etc. It can be. Personally, I hate tripping. It’s uncomfortable, I feel like shit, I get sick, and it’s terrifying. That being said, I’m able to work some shit out that I otherwise couldn’t have. I only touch that shit when I’m not doing great emotionally and need a reset.”

“I do microdose on occasion. Nothing more than 0.3 of a gram. Maybe once a month. I cannot notice any effects except that my aggression seems to be mitigated. People that use them to trip are just out for a good time and all this negative press of them have severely hampered the acceptance and research of hallucinogens as a medication.”

“Yeah, I did that for a while as well. Really helped with my anxiety, but when I went in on a few grams, I stopped having anxiety and panic attacks completely after the fact.

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It’s worth mentioning that that particular experience was terrifying as fuck, extremely uncomfortable, and exhausting and I haven’t touched them since simply because I haven’t needed to.”

“That’s how you know they work and are non-addictive. There’s this great natural organism we can consume to help us, but it’s also illegal. If one dose can cure you and you never feel the need to take it again, where’s the money?”

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Veterans Talk About Marijuana and the VA

Veterans Talk About Marijuana and the VA

Veterans Don’t Trust Veterans’ Affairs Care Providers

At this time, the US is in a real gray area regarding marijuana. Cannabis is still classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic, making it illegal anywhere in the nation. However, as many in our national audience know, they can go into a retail store in their state and buy bud, oil or edibles to go. All this puts federal employees at the VA in an awkward position. The problem is, Veterans with PTSD and other pain issues are also in an awkward position. We found what veterans are thinking on this and on other “illegal” drugs as they try to find the peace and comfort they deserve.

Marijuana plants flower to produce their valuable buds.

Culled from a Veterans message board, how much a veteran will talk about using pot with his doctor varies as much as state’s laws do. Some VA doctors shrug it off as no big deal. Others stick to the law. Veterans with a disability rating that is tied directly to a monthly benefit, risk real damage if they confide in the wrong doctor. As one Veteran posted: I’m just beginning this whole mental health journey through the VA. I would love to be as honest as possible but the thought of being labeled a druggy over pot because of some archaic thoughts on cannabis is pretty disconcerting. I have a appointment with my mental health provider soon. Wish me luck!

Here’s more relevant posts about why Veterans cannabis usage is a dicey affair:

…when I lived in Washington state- the doctors literally could t care less. Moved to a Midwestern state and they were a bit nervous about it. Now I’m in Milwaukee and though it’s still illegal, no fucks are given. 

My VA primary busted out with , it’s legal here in FL. Why not get your card? I felt like it was a trap or at the very least I wasnt sure about the VA stance on weed. I treaded lightly on that conversation until I got more info.

I think the VA needs to start prescribing medical MJ. Just my opinion.

For active duty, I’d rather have a soldier smoke weed after work than drinking. Too many soldiers have drinking problems, get in trouble for drinking, get hurt from drinking. As far as when you get out, I think cannabis could help a lot more with issues we have when we get out. I’m still in so I can’t have a strong opinion on that.

And here’s the last word to round out this brief look into what Veterans think about pot and the VA:

Short and sweet: Cannabis legalization is a Veteran’s Issue and a human rights issue.

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Our Veterans are killing themselves in record numbers mostly due to PTSD. An overmatched VA can’t take care of them or their families. We will.

Soldier suicide leaves Veteran families with thousands of dollars of bills unpaid, mostly bank loans.

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Our Mission: Become the preferred channel for donors, advocates and volunteers who care about veteran families left behind after a soldier suicide.