Hi everyone. I haven't been to these boards in a couple of months but I wanted to update you on a situation I just had at the VA.
I saw my primary care doctor today for my yearly physical. I've been diagnosed with PTSD years ago, and the VA is always trying to medicate me with horrible and addicting drugs. I took myself off ALL these drugs last August and began self medicating with
which has been hugely successful. Not only do I feel much better, my mind is clearer, and other people have commented on how much clearer my eyes are and that I look healthier than I have in years.
Once I started treating myself with cannabis, I vowed not to be ashamed, afraid, or to deny the fact that I smoke cannabis. I'm certainly not going to lie to my medical provider, even if it is a federal doctor, it's my health, and I assumed (wrongly) that what I told my physician was confidential. I was then given a lecture about the illegality of cannabis, and that just because a few states allow it, it's still a federal crime. Yada yada yada. He then informed me that I would be denied any and all pain medication and narcotics in the future. I proceeded to clarify what he meant. I asked if I was admitted to the hospital for surgery for example, would I not be given medication for pain. He said most likely not. He said this is a recent thing that was just implemented this past year.
I still feel confident that being honest about cannabis use is the best policy (for me) but if there are other veterans out there, you should consider the consequences of honesty. How long before we are refused any medical treatment from the federal government if we self medicate.
Ironically, if I recall correctly, the VA was given permission this past year to use Cannabis in treatment of PTSD patients in a very limited study.
We can send out kids to die for us, but if you use a natural plant to heal yourself, we will withhold certain medical care from you in the future. The immorality and hypocrisy of our federal government is unbelievable. There is nothing progressive about the federal governments war on patients rights in this country, especially when that war is now taken to those who fight the wars for them.