November 28, 2014 Enigami Newsletter

Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC (a subsidiary for Enigami Systems, Inc.)

Enigami continues to entertain “R & D” proposals for entities interested in developing condition specific medical cannabis medications.

Enigami is interested in partnering with a limited number of Dispensaries and Clinics who wish to be national treatment models for medical cannabis. As the medical cannabis field moves toward medical legitimacy we want to be in the mix.

For folks who are in the process of submitting clinic and dispensary applications for the various medical cannabis states Enigami will consider LOI’s to accompany the applications. In some cases Enigami can offer generous advertising allowances for new businesses establishing themselves as clinics and dispensaries seeking a significant difference in treatment resources – those that help patients determine the appropriate medications(s) for their treatment.

On some Enigami sites you will soon notice a “How to Register” video which also serves as a comprehensive FAQ resource. We’re always improving our products, generating meaningful patents, and trademarks.

Clif Croan spoke on the Dr. Diane Dike Radio Show, “Picking the Right Medical Cannabis For Your Medical Treatment”, joined the Board at the National Association of Cannabis Based Medicine , and was elected Chair (as a gubernatorial appointee) of the (Colorado) Disability Benefit Support Contract Committee . Most of the Enigami staff are heavily involved in community service as is the company itself. A nice lead in for our pro bono Veterans study…

“Do Veterans with PTSD Benefit from Medical Cannabis?” – an ongoing National Study

Kudos to Dr. Gary Miller, one of the study principals, for the Exclusive Ben Swann Video Interview: Dr. Gary Miller Says Veterans With PTSD Need Access To Cannabis Dr. Miller, always meaningfully contributing to the community, was elected to his local school board. Congratulations !

Bill Graf and Clif Croan manned a booth, for the study, at the November 8 Denver Veterans Day Festival at Denver’s Civic Center Park, near the State Capitol. It was a huge event and there were about 5-10,000 veterans. ttp://www.denverveteransday.com/ Bill Graf is constantly reaching out to various Vet advocacy organizations and is heavily committed to the worldwide community by his “hands on” philanthropic work in Haiti, several African nations, and southeast Asia.

Thank you ! to ML Mathre and Al Byrne, study members, for having made innumerable pitches for the study at more events than can be listed. What dedicated Vets they are ! Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, the study PI, continues her advocacy and has made numerous presentations at national conferences for the Vet study. She’s a Diamond !

Due to hosting problems on our website (2nd time) we were off line twice this month for a few hours. We no longer host our site with that organization. Problem solved.

A new informational brochure is available on the study website: http://www.vetptsdstudy.org/

Please contact the VA to support new legislation enabling them to look at medical cannabis treatment for PTSD. A call to Colorado’s Rep. Polis office wouldn’t hurt either. Ask for Stuart Feinhor.

As always please “spread the word” about the study…the VA and mainstream media sure won’t ! And for all the organizations disseminating information about the Vet study…Thank You !

Have a Happy, Safe, and Joyful Holiday Season !

September 22, 2014, Enigami Newsletter

Our development team at Crank211, LLC have evolved into close friends and co-workers. Despite their best efforts to avoid service disruption Microsoft ‘s “Azure” had a severe hiccup in service the past few weeks. If you encountered difficulties in your web services MIcrosoft may be the culprit.

The “Marijuana for Medical Professionals” conference on Sept. 9-11, 2014, in Denver, was a HUGE success. Many thanks to Ms. Montemayor, of Healthy Choices Unlimited for putting on the most professional medical cannabis conference to date. We can’t wait to attend next year.

Clif Croan, of Enigami, will be doing a radio interview with Dr. Diane Dike, Oct. 10, 2014, about the importance of patients being able to understand the medical cannabis products contents and how they relate to the conditions they’re treating: www.DianeDike.org.

Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC (EMC) will be “tossing it’s hat into the ring” at the Marijuana Tech Start Up Competition, in Denver, the weekend of Sept. 26. EMC will only be accepting proposals on the future of the database which defines the relationships between the cannabinoid combinations and the qualifying conditions.

“EMC” has entered into a limited number of agreements to serve as R&D to large grow operations both domestically and abroad. EMC will furnish the information for product specifications to a very small number of growers/manufacturers.

“Brownie Points” – we all love ‘em, right ? A number of Dispensary and Evaluation clinics have signed LOI’s to provide EMC patient medication/symptom tracking (to determine the appropriate medications for treatment) in applications for state licenses to open. Good luck with the applications folks ! EMC looks forward to working with you !

Lastly, EMC has submitted two research applications to the State of Colorado Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program (RFA #1353). EMC and Healthy Choices (HCU Education LLC) teamed together for a study entitled: “Use of urine neurotransmitter markers in determining appropriateness of cannabis for chronic pain patients”. In the second instance EMC has teamed with the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition to research: “A Correlational Study of Medical Cannabis Cannabinoids Efficacy in the Treatment of the Colorado Qualifying Conditions”. Our advocacy position for the Colorado disability community is to assess the community’s needs in relation to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s Medical Marijuana Registry. Tragically the State has failed to allow representation of the Colorado disability community in the various Boards relating to the use of Medical Cannabis in Colorado. EMC is also exploring research needs in Uruguay and Europe.

“Veterans, PTSD, and Medical Cannabis” – the national study inviting 10,000 participants is cruising along and we would appreciate the advocacy of anyone involved in advancing Veterans treatment options through the findings of this valuable study.
Not a word in answer to our communications from the Veterans Health Administration.

Dr. Gary Miller, a senior account specialist with Enigami based in Arizona, will be doing a radio interview on Liberty Radio, catch up to Dr. Miller and his comments about the need for Veterans advocacy: http://benswann.com/

August, 14, 2014, Enigami Newsletter

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for Enigami Medical Cannabis subscriptions ! The first month has been fantastic.

It has been a delight to hear from everyone across the Nation. We wish you good health ! Here are a few notes about what we are up to in the next month or so.

Conferences Scheduled:

September 9, 10, 11, Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC will be exhibiting at the Denver Medical Marijuana Professionals Conference.

Sept. 11, 2014, Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC will be present in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a stakeholders conference at the Thompson Hall law firm offices.

Sept. 26th, Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC will be attending and presenting at the Marijuana Tech Start Up Competition the weekend of September 26th, in Denver.

We’ll also be in attendance at the (Colorado) Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council meetings scheduled through the next few months. If you are in Denver – drop in and watch the process as Colorado decides how to research medical cannabis. Another state with an outstanding approach to medical cannabis treatment is Minnesota. Here is a link to the Minnesota regs: http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/faq.html#track . Minnesota’s inclusion of: “How will the state track the effectiveness and safety of medical cannabis?” and “What are the obligations of patients and health care providers participating in the state’s medical cannabis program?”… are great enhancements to the legitimacy of Dr/Pt relationships, clinical care, and serious Medical Cannabis treatment. They have good thoughts for all the state’s supporting innovations in medical cannabis treatment.

Enigami has opened up a “Ben & Jerry’s” type of competition. We are interested in proposals concerning our knowledge base which is defining the relationships between the cannabinoid combinations (or products) and the various conditions. This knowledge is largely absent from medical cannabis AND the medical field. In the future such knowledge will help educate physicians about recommending, or prescribing, medical cannabis products. It will empower Consumers. This knowledge could be used to guide product development by savvy medical cannabis product developers. It could be used to guide Federal policy, specifically the Veterans Health Administration, and State policy. Should this de-identified aggregate information be published on a Bhutanese mile marker so it may be discovered by an intrepid traveler ? Should a group of medical cannabis stakeholders decide how to disseminate the information ? Should a note be placed in a bottle and thrown out to the dark blue sea ? We’ll accept any creative proposals – even in crayon !

Sign up for the Veterans study is going gangbusters too !!! Some of you persevered through an obscure website glitch dealing with website security…THANK YOU !!!

There are downloadable Posters and Brochures available on the website: http://www.vetptsdstudy.org/ please feel free to use to “get the word out”.

Please submit any support tickets or questions to:
support@enigamisystemsinc.zendesk.com

Have you noticed the news blackout of this study – even in the medical cannabis and Veterans communities ? We’d appreciate hearing your comments on why some folk are trying to suppress medical cannabis research for Veterans with PTSD. Drop a note to us at: info@enigamisystems.com

Please “spread the word” about the Veterans study. We want to finish up the research 10,000 strong.

Scientific Study Factoid for the Day – Observational studies: going beyond the boundaries of randomized controlled trials

– Wenying Yang, Alexey Zilov, Pradana Soewondo, Ole Molskov Bech, Fawzia Sekkal, Philip D. Home (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168822710700024)

Abstract: The term observational study describes a wide range of study designs including prospective and retrospective cohort studies, case-control studies, and cross-sectional studies, a defining feature of which is that any intervention studied is determined by clinical practice and not the protocol. Data from large, prospective observational studies provide information about the safety and efficacy of medicines in daily clinical use. Such observational studies are generally carried out once a medicine has received approval from regulatory agencies. Observational trials have inherent limitations in terms of their susceptibility to bias and confounding, restricting their ability to define causality. However, their strengths include that they reflect daily clinical practice more closely than randomized controlled trials (RCTs), both in terms of the heterogeneous patient populations that are included, and the medical interventions that they receive. Therefore, observational trials can provide clinically relevant information that is not necessarily provided by RCTs. Given the limitations of an observational study approach, it is important to optimize their study design to maximize their validity, and thus, in particular, known causes of bias and confounding should be measured. Medical investigators, health authorities, and the pharmaceutical industry all have important roles to play in designing, approving, and performing observational studies.

July 4, 2014, Enigami Newsletter

Hello Friends and Family,

Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC (a subsidiary of Enigami Systems, Inc) is proud to be a part of the research outlined in the press release, below.

“Do Veterans, with PTSD, Receive Benefit from Medical Cannabis?” – Questions a National Study of 10,000 Veterans. According to Enigami Systems, Inc. media relations department a national study to determine the effects of medical cannabis treatment for Veterans’ PTSD begins July 4, 2014. The study is eighteen months long and holds great promise for determining effective treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) July 04, 2014

It is the opinion of the study group* that when the Veterans Health Administration (the “VA”) re-establishes effective medical programs, the United States will begin, as a Nation, to honor its commitment to the Veteran community. And further it is the opinion of the study group that currently, the V.A. is failing the Veterans as evidenced by the hourly rate of Veteran suicides. (CNN, November 14, 2013, 12:08 p.m., http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/21/us/22-veteran-suicides-a-day/index.html)

Acting Secretary Sloan D. Gibson has stepped into an alarming situation where the Administration has failed (according to the study group) to provide adequate oversight of, or solutions to, the debacle the V.A. is calling a premier healthcare system – especially for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (White House, Office of the Press Secretary, June 27, 2014, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/27/readout-president-s-meeting-acting-veterans-affairs-secretary-sloan-gi-0 )

Accompanying the “appointment book cooking,” which is so prominent in the news these days (Time, June 9, 2014, http://time.com/2850879/va-appointment-delays-keep-getting-worse/), the VA has re-instituted failed treatment programs for PTSD (NBC News, June 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m., http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/dod-va-cant-prove-their-ptsd-care-working-study-claims-n136371 ). In the 1990’s, the V.A. learned their specialized inpatient programs were ineffective, and closed them down only to reinstitute them in the last decade (NBC News, June 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m., http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/dod-va-cant-prove-their-ptsd-care-working-study-claims-n136371 ) and according to the study group it may have been to appease the public outcry for effective treatment. That doesn’t make sense. The study group asks, “Why are we funding ineffective programs?”

And so, in the study group’s opinion, a suffering Veteran, maybe one in anyone’s family, commits suicide about every hour because the V.A., and the U.S. as a Nation, has failed to keep their part of the deal – to care for Veteran’s wounds. Some Americans cannot tolerate this situation.

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs spend unbelievably large sums every year to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (NBC News, June 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m., http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/dod-va-cant-prove-their-ptsd-care-working-study-claims-n136371). Collectively they spent $3.294 billion in 2012. But does the treatment help? According to a mandated Congressional report neither the Pentagon nor the VA have a clue about the situation. ( NBC News, June 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m., http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/dod-va-cant-prove-their-ptsd-care-working-study-claims-n136371 )

Adding to the distress and hopelessness Veterans are experiencing, research is impeded or disallowed by the Administration’s bureaucracy. There is a well- established public outcry over a history of “paid for study outcomes” (for “marijuana” research) that are academic nonsense ( Business Insider, August 12, 2013, 4:01 p.m., http://www.businessinsider.com/sanjay-gupta-changed-his-mind-on-weed-2014-4). As recently as this week another promising study, for Veterans suffering from PTSD utilizing Medical Cannabis for treatment, by Dr. Sue Sisley, of the University of Arizona, was blocked by her school administration for advocating research about Medical Cannabis. Dr. Sisley, a heroic academic pioneer, lost her position at the University for advocating the research of a promising treatment option. (Arizona Capitol Times, July 1, 2014, 1:31 p.m., http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2014/07/01/uofa-medical-marijuana-researcher-sue-sisley-fired-claims-political-motivation/)

Enter Enigami Systems, Inc. owner of a number of patent pending technologies they intend to use to address this through a subsidiary, Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC.

Enigami Systems, Inc. commercial products help Patients determine the appropriate medical products for effective treatment. Their online application helps a patient determine the relationship of “mainstream medications”, medical cannabis products, and “over the counter products” – and the conditions they are seeking relief from. Currently the knowledge of how effective these interventions are, alone, or in unison, is absent from the medical field.

So, Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC was formed with an eye to support the Veterans and the PTSD issue. Enigami’s commercial product was tailored to a national study, “Veterans, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Medical Cannabis”, put together by a number of clinicians and Veterans advocates.

Harborside Health Center, the largest Medical Cannabis dispensary in the U.S., located in California, and seen on television’s “Weed Wars”, is listed as an Advisor to promote the study. Though Enigami is providing over $300,000.00 in technology services the study still seeks minimal administrative funding.

The introductory website is: http://www.vetptsdstudy.org and the Study Login/Signup is: https://study.vetptsdstudy.org

The study is free for qualified Veterans who will notice only the absolute minimum of personally identifying information being requested for their personal health records. These records constitute the database for the eighteen (18) month long study. In this study, a Veteran registers, then notes the symptoms of PTSD he/she wishes to track, and decides how often email notices are to be sent as a reminder to record symptom status and medication. This information is translated into an easy to read graph showing treatment progress so that the study participant may determine the best medication approach for his or her care. The record is the personal property of the Veteran study participant with the exception of the aggregate de-identified information which will serve as the answer to the study question, “Do Veterans, with PTSD, derive any treatment benefit from the use of Medical Cannabis?” These personal health records are HIPAA compliant. HIPAA Privacy Rules are the national standards to protect individual’s privacy. The study group has taken additional security measures, as noted on the website security notices. As in all legitimate scientific studies, the project underwent, and will undergo, review by an Institutional Review Board.

The study begins registration and participation on July 4th in honor of the Veterans. At the conclusion of the study the aggregate results will be interpreted and submitted to a professional journal for publication.

The Veterans Health Administration, Congressional leadership, and the Administration will be notified of the de-identified study findings.

*The principals in the study are Patients Out of Time, a national Veteran advocacy organization (Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, former Lt. in U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, President Al Byrne, LtCdr, retired, U.S. Navy, COO), Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC (Clifton D. Croan, MA, LPC, DAPA, FAPA, BCPC, DMAPA, William F. Graf, JD), Health Solutions of Arizona, Inc. (Gary D. Miller, DBH, LMSW, CEO), and Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, LLC (Uma Dhanabalan, MD MPH FAAFP, Founder and CEO).

“Do Veterans, with PTSD, Receive Benefit from Medical Cannabis?” – Questions a National Study of 10,000 Veterans

According to Enigami Systems, Inc. media relations department a national study to determine the effects of medical cannabis treatment for Veterans’ PTSD begins July 4, 2014. The study is eighteen months long and holds great promise for determining effective treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) July 04, 2014

It is the opinion of the study group* that when the Veterans Health Administration (the “VA”) re-establishes effective medical programs, the United States will begin, as a Nation, to honor its commitment to the Veteran community. And further it is the opinion of the study group that currently, the V.A. is failing the Veterans as evidenced by the hourly rate of Veteran suicides.
(CNN, November 14, 2013, 12:08 p.m., http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/21/us/22-veteran-suicides-a-day/index.html)

Acting Secretary Sloan D. Gibson has stepped into an alarming situation where the Administration has failed (according to the study group) to provide adequate oversight of, or solutions to, the debacle the V.A. is calling a premier healthcare system – especially for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (White House, Office of the Press Secretary, June 27, 2014, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/27/readout-president-s-meeting-acting-veterans-affairs-secretary-sloan-gi-0 )

Accompanying the “appointment book cooking,” which is so prominent in the news these days (Time, June 9, 2014, http://time.com/2850879/va-appointment-delays-keep-getting-worse/), the VA has re-instituted failed treatment programs for PTSD (NBC News, June 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m., http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/dod-va-cant-prove-their-ptsd-care-working-study-claims-n136371 ). In the 1990’s, the V.A. learned their specialized inpatient programs were ineffective, and closed them down only to reinstitute them in the last decade (NBC News, June 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m., http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/dod-va-cant-prove-their-ptsd-care-working-study-claims-n136371 ) and according to the study group it may have been to appease the public outcry for effective treatment. That doesn’t make sense. The study group asks, “Why are we funding ineffective programs?”

And so, in the study group’s opinion, a suffering Veteran, maybe one in anyone’s family, commits suicide about every hour because the V.A., and the U.S. as a Nation, has failed to keep their part of the deal – to care for Veteran’s wounds. Some Americans cannot tolerate this situation.

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs spend unbelievably large sums every year to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (NBC News, June 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m., http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/dod-va-cant-prove-their-ptsd-care-working-study-claims-n136371). Collectively they spent $3.294 billion in 2012. But does the treatment help? According to a mandated Congressional report neither the Pentagon nor the VA have a clue about the situation. ( NBC News, June 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m., http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/dod-va-cant-prove-their-ptsd-care-working-study-claims-n136371 )

Adding to the distress and hopelessness Veterans are experiencing, research is impeded or disallowed by the Administration’s bureaucracy. There is a well- established public outcry over a history of “paid for study outcomes” (for “marijuana” research) that are academic nonsense ( Business Insider, August 12, 2013, 4:01 p.m., http://www.businessinsider.com/sanjay-gupta-changed-his-mind-on-weed-2014-4). As recently as this week another promising study, for Veterans suffering from PTSD utilizing Medical Cannabis for treatment, by Dr. Sue Sisley, of the University of Arizona, was blocked by her school administration for advocating research about Medical Cannabis. Dr. Sisley, a heroic academic pioneer, lost her position at the University for advocating the research of a promising treatment option
(Arizona Capitol Times, July 1, 2014, 1:31 p.m., http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2014/07/01/uofa-medical-marijuana-researcher-sue-sisley-fired-claims-political-motivation/)

Enter Enigami Systems, Inc. owner of a number of patent pending technologies they intend to use to address this through a subsidiary, Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC.

Enigami Systems, Inc. commercial products help Patients determine the appropriate medical products for effective treatment. Their online application helps a patient determine the relationship of “mainstream medications”, medical cannabis products, and “over the counter products” – and the conditions they are seeking relief from. Currently the knowledge of how effective these interventions are, alone, or in unison, is absent from the medical field.

So, Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC was formed with an eye to support the Veterans and the PTSD issue. Enigami’s commercial product was tailored to a national study, “Veterans, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Medical Cannabis”, put together by a number of clinicians and Veterans advocates.

Harborside Health Center, the largest Medical Cannabis dispensary in the U.S., located in California, and seen on television’s “Weed Wars”, is listed as an Advisor to promote the study. Though Enigami is providing over $300,000.00 in technology services the study still seeks minimal administrative funding.

The introductory website is: http://www.vetptsdstudy.org and the Study Login/Signup is: https://study.vetptsdstudy.org

The study is free for qualified Veterans who will notice only the absolute minimum of personally identifying information being requested for their personal health records. These records constitute the database for the eighteen (18) month long study. In this study, a Veteran registers, then notes the symptoms of PTSD he/she wishes to track, and decides how often email notices are to be sent as a reminder to record symptom status and medication. This information is translated into an easy to read graph showing treatment progress so that the study participant may determine the best medication approach for his or her care. The record is the personal property of the Veteran study participant with the exception of the aggregate de-identified information which will serve as the answer to the study question, “Do Veterans, with PTSD, derive any treatment benefit from the use of Medical Cannabis?” These personal health records are HIPAA compliant. HIPAA Privacy Rules are the national standards to protect individual’s privacy. The study group has taken additional security measures, as noted on the website security notices. As in all legitimate scientific studies, the project underwent, and will undergo, review by an Institutional Review Board.

The study begins registration and participation on July 4th in honor of the Veterans. At the conclusion of the study the aggregate results will be interpreted and submitted to a professional journal for publication.

The Veterans Health Administration, Congressional leadership, and the Administration will be notified of the de-identified study findings.

*The principals in the study are Patients Out of Time, a national Veteran advocacy organization (Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, former Lt. in U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, President Al Byrne, LCdr, retired, U.S. Navy, COO), Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC (Clifton D. Croan, MA, LPC, DAPA, FAPA, BCPC, DMAPA, William F. Graf, JD), Health Solutions of Arizona, Inc. (Gary D. Miller, DBH, LMSW, CEO), and Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, LLC (Uma Dhanabalan, MD MPH FAAFP, Founder and CEO).

Euphoria for Recreational Marijuana / Medical Cannabis Not So Much

The marijuana/cannabis field is so interesting in its present development. Let’s take a look at one of the topsy-turvy parts. And you will excuse me as I do so while I use “marijuana” for recreational and “cannabis” for medical.

If you have ever studied, or taught, the history of “drugs” you will recall how some medications were developed in strength but the side effects were so strong the development of the drug went BACKWARDS in terms of its strength (amphetamines were too strong so they were “watered down”. The logical developmental end of heroin was methadone – again too strong. Cocaine became crack – too strong. Wine became brandy etc. ETOH became Everclear etc.)

Currently many people are operating under the belief that “medical grade” should be “the good stuff” meaning it should be more euphoric (“stronger” or “more potent”) in nature. I’ll predict this is not at all what we will wind up with. Medical products aren’t meant to be euphoric in nature – they’re supposed to address ailments. The “high” effect is a sideline in some medications it is not the intent. The ideas we have around CBD are an example. You don’t get high you get medical relief. The idea is to address medical symptoms. I’ll extend the prediction to say many cannabinoid combinations used for medical purposes won’t have an intoxicant effect at all.

If you are involved in producing medical cannabis products pay attention here. “Find a method of identifying what the important cannabinoid combinations are so you may market an effective medical cannabis product!” (the same with recreational marijuana)

Recreational marijuana is supposed to be fun, an intoxicant, a euphoric. What’s wrong with that ? Think about a good scotch (personally not a favorite of mine). Or to take a step further… brandy. Brandy is a spirit produced by distilling wine. Brandy generally contains 35–60% alcohol by volume. So, in a sense, brandy may be construed as “super spirit”. Recreational marijuana will follow this same path. Instead of being less euphoric in nature (than medical cannabis) the public will demand higher grades of intoxication from recreational marijuana.

I think we can anticipate some interesting developments for medical cannabis and recreational marijuana. If you don’t join in early innovation or early adoption… what will happen to your competitive edge ? Can Ford still market it’s outmoded original products ? No. Not many folk are in the market for a Model A when they want a Porsche performance.

Enigami Systems, Inc. through it’s subsidiary, Enigami Medical Cannabis, LLC, is a big enough believer in this prediction to have taken a patent out on how to discern the cannabinoids use in medical cannabis and recreational marijuana.

At some point in the future we’ll provide the public with the relationships between the cannabinoids and their recreational and medical uses. Stay tuned !

Some US military Veterans are allowed to use cannabis medicinally. Some are not.

Clinical cannabis use is not decided by the military patients need for her medicine but rather where she lives. This practice is of course totally illogical. Considering the source of this decision, the war on drugs mentality, it is not surprising. Realizing that Veterans are not being treated for their injuries properly, is not surprising to me. I’m a Vietnam Veteran and I have seen this all before.

Treatment by geography can be looked on as a win for Veterans, some Vets. Before this protocol was adopted by the Veterans Health Administration, in July of 2010, there was no cannabis allowed medicinally for any service member. The change in policy, VHA Directive 2010-035, allows those Veterans that live in states where cannabis is legally available to use their medicine without fear of losing cherished and earned benefits. They can not possess or use cannabis on federal property and only for symptoms approved by the state of residence. If the Vet lives in an unenlightened backwater state he is not ever to be a cannabis patient that will be cared for by the VA, by us indirectly, and that should embarrass us all.

This leads to another illogical process. A Veteran in Oregon can not use cannabis for PTS(d), while a Vet in New Mexico can. It is not as you may guess that all Vets with PTS live in New Mexico or that Vets in Oregon have no such reaction to war. It’s where they live that matters. It matters because the MD’s of Oregon, those in the VA system, even those in New Mexico have no say in the diagnostic process. The folks that make these decisions have never been to war, hell they have never been to medical or nursing schools. The people that are responsible for granting or denying cannabis to Veterans do not talk across state borders, rely on science or pay any attention to professional health care organizations that universally call for clinical cannabis for all citizens.

Those making these decisions are practicing medicine without a license. They are law enforcement, lawyers and lobbyists. They are not MD’s or RN’s and have no grasp of modern medicine’s discovery of the endocannabinoid system universal to all mammals and essential to life. The Senators and Representatives of the federal level are equally at fault, are equally ignorant of the world wide science concerning cannabis. They apparently have no idea that the soldiers of Czechoslovakia and Israel, allies of the US in Iraq, grow and treat their men and women wounded by PTS or brain trauma with cannabis, with great success. Or they do not care.

Veterans I hear every day are to be supported by all of us. The President says so. The yellow ribbon on your SUV says so, the talking heads say so.

It’s a lie. Veterans are treated for their wounds by geography. That’s the truth.

Al Byrne, for Patients Out of Time

My Uncle

 I have written about cannabis used for ALS, cancer, pain, PTS and other maladies but there is a patient story that needs addressing. For him when you say cannabis he says marijuana, when you say it’s medical he says it’s a farce, when you say endocannabinoid system he says, what?

It’s my uncle (1). He’s sick in the head. No one I know has any one idea of what would cause such a problem. Everybody agrees it is a combination of forces, you could also say pressures that have warped his thinking. I’ve spoken to dozens of cannabis experts in my time and all think the same – my uncle’s lost his mind.

He is such a nationalist. Always talking the good old USA is the only place on earth that has the right data about everything including “all we need to know” about marijuana. For one thing he keeps calling the plant marijuana, which is not it’s real name. The plant is called cannabis and that is why when nursing and medical folks that understand medicine and chemistry and stuff like that or talk or write on the subject they use cannabis. He’ll never change. It makes no difference that in Europe and other backward parts of the world, as he sees it, 23 countries’ doctors use cannabis medically for all sorts of things that go wrong with humans (2). “This is the US,we don’t need frenchies to tell us what’s going on.” I replied that Bayer and Novartis are marketing and distributing medical cannabis products and that huge pharmaceutical companies like that do not screw up. He scowled and said “Europeans are not us.”

He’s crazy about god and that is strange too. I mean it’s god bless America and a lot else, which grammatically of course includes Canada and Mexico when he really means the USA; right or wrong I’m for god and country he says all the time. Then he’ll say god is great and all knowing, at least the Catholic in him will. The I ask him if god is so cool why did she screw up and create the cannabis plant?

He’s militaristic as well. The only way he can even bring up the use of cannabis is by the use of either of two approaches. Both are based on fear. The first is for his friends and those he dislikes and is a message of penalty. It’s a hold over from the Puritans that showed up as weirdos tossed out of Europe and holed up first in Massachusetts. These nuts drowned and burned “witches” with a fierce intensity based on their own self generated stupidity built on a foundation of fear and ignorance. He mimics them. The second ignoble motivator to his point of view is mendacity, a nice sounding word for unreal cruelty. “Screw them all and let god sort it out later” is his motto.

He lies a lot. To me it just is the way he conducts himself. I see it as a huge character flaw that should be embarrassing but he boasts and brags as though he was winning something big time. It’s a total cover up for failure of course.  I’m in control of what is going on he’ll spout at any time regardless of the mess he is standing in or at times wallowing. It happens all the time and is really noticeable when he sends out his “players” or my word, talking-head. Each time they say the same stuff like, we do not smoke medicine or there is no research, or whatever, that the whole world except the people that work in journalism know is a joke.

He has gotten so mad at times in the past few decades that he has actually paid for independent cannabis experts to study everything they could and declare the plant has medical value or not. Of course he figures since he knows everything they would agree with him. None of them did. Not one. Instead each and every study done in the US, including state studies has identified cannabis as a therapeutic agent and extremely safe to use. He buries the reports but I’ve got copies if you want them (3).

He lies about cannabis having no medical value. It’s strange because he lives right next to a couple of federal Senators and across the street from the President and often walks to work with these guys. They walk right by a DC cannabis compassion club and never notice it. I guess they are heavy into discussing how to make a bunch of money that day which my uncle says is what they are there to do. When I brought up the fact that 17 US states have said cannabis is medicine he said it does not matter what they think, I know better.

One really strange contortion is the stretch for not supporting capitalism. I mean his business card has only his name and a title, Capitalist. He loves a free market except if you are talking cannabis used as hemp. “I do not care if it’s not able to affect a euphoric state in humans it’s pot and it’s bad.” My uncle is old, he was in WW11, a paratrooper. I have explained over and over that the US Department of Agriculture gave out hemp seeds to US farmers during that war and begged them to grow hemp, for cloth, for rope, for the straps that held my uncle in his parachute when he dove out over Normandy. It’s a great food and lubricant, fuel, and contains cannabinoid compounds likely helpful to human health but he says that it didn’t happen that way (4).

He hangs around with a crowd that actually stopped their mental progression on purpose beginning in 1988. That’s the year that happened. None of his friends or my uncle “remember” but I do because I was there, well I read a report that was so well written it was like being there. It said that receptors for cannabis compounds had been proven by science to exist, confirmed and codified. Game changed, my uncle had to do something. He consulted his closest 200 employees and they came up with a solution-deny this is real or even exists and above all do not mention this to the press or even attempt to wake them up. Thing is it worked until now. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is now the hot topic of the health care professions.

I hear he is now running around the country, well his muscle is anyway, with a degree of illogical behavior not seen in medical settings since the docs hitched blood suckers to patients to help them, and removing cannabis from patients in towns and cities that have not seen a federalie tearing down stuff since the Civil war.

And my uncle adores war. He has a war going somewhere all the time, is planning for one or more, and certainly creating conditions to insure a future of war for at least another century in this country against people who chose to use a drug they know works and does them no harm instead of drugs that may help but they always have a problem like making your nose rot off or some such “side effect.”  What he hates to do is admit that his own medical team thinks he is dead wrong about medical cannabis.

It’s the Veterans Health Administration that has said cannabis is medicine and told him in writing. Real doctors and nurses said so in defiance of the boss, my uncle.  This was way different because it was the first time a US employed doctor since 1937 admitted by action he had a set of balls (5). It was also the first time since 1937 that a member of the medical profession (a profession that has abdicated it’s authority on the medical uses of cannabis to cops, lawyers, recovering addicts and other medically uneducated people) challenged the unreal discourse in DC by having the VA declare cannabis medicine. The NY Times printed the story on their front page. My uncle must have burned every copy because no other paper or the Times has ever followed up on the news. I’m not surprised because once you have hung your yellow ribbon up or stated your support for the troops in an editorial that’s enough I’ve come to understand.

His stand on cannabis treatment for Vets is completely tragic. The VA docs did what they could but my uncle insists that it a Vet can only use cannabis medically if he or she lives in the correct zip code. It’s a Vet lottery in the US. Go to war for my uncle, get hurt. You win if you have the right zip code – you will be treated with respect and be able to use cannabis as a medical option in all VA facilities. If you have the wrong zip code you lose, you get nothing.

I don’t like my uncle much either.

I can understand him a little. He’s riddled with hubris, in the pay of lobbyists, is old, delusional and still after over 80 years stuck in a mindset about cannabis that is as pliable as the silver coins dropped in  his/their hands each day. I mean really who thinks rationally that all this technology bragged up daily has not been put to use on the cannabis plant over eight decades ? Only my uncle and his friends.

I know you think just maybe I’m exaggerating some. Naw.

Al Byrne for Veterans for Medical Access, www.Veteransformedicalcannabis.org.

 

(1)   Sam

(2)   www.medicalcannabis.com

(3)   www.drugscience.org

(4)   Cannabis in Medical Practice, Mathre, 1997.

(5)   VHA Directive 2010-035, July 2010

 

Medicines Abdication to a Cannabis Conspiracy

             It’s true enough what the US federal wordsmiths of spin roll out about there being a conspiracy to make cannabis available to the sick in the United States. There is such a cabal of cannabis crusaders working to undermine the US governments role in determining what medicine(s) they can use, and when, and how. I know most of these people and let me assure you that they are serious about their goal. (1). I’m one of the conspirators.

Some are half crazy about the wide reach of all governments into their lives, negative as they see it, like Libertarians and the Tea Party stalwarts. Many are politically active, seeing the election of selected politicians the key to a change in the rules of cannabis prohibition regardless of whether they sport a red or blue tie. 21 states their goal, believing just like their adversaries that medical decisions about cannabis are best made by non-medical professionals by opting for constitutional amendments instead of science. The Capitalists have moved into the cabal after surrounding the gathering with a multitude of products to infuse, to eat, to vaporize, to chew, to suck, to rub, to inhale. Their money now challenges the federal governments’ investment in a long running cannabis annihilation project defined by the knowing citizen as a failure.

Some, including me have gone to the courts and demanded a change to the prohibited scheduling of cannabis under the rubric of “The Coalition to Reschedule Cannabis.” It took ten years for this Petition to move through the process, designed to delay and obfuscate a reasonable request. This Petition is part of the conspiracy to bring the ill and dying a better, non-toxic, method of restoring their endocannabinoid deficiency. I admit that.

Ten years of delay seems like another conspiracy at work I also admit. (2).

Patients are in the forefront of the plot to free the cannabis plant from its murderers. Some government accounts list “patients” as the real source of the fire that burns joints to relieve pain in other joints and sustains the blow-back of heat that 18 states and DC have brought to the Keepers of Prohibition in the freest country on earth. Others will claim the patients’ best friend, the nurse, with the leadership role in the rediscovery of the plant and its magic clinical ways with humans. It is the American Nurses Association (ANA), representing the most revered profession – nurses – that has charged all US nurses to become educated about the therapeutic, nutritional and clinical uses of cannabis.

A series of accredited clinical cannabis conferences is part of the plot to undermine the cannabis cops. It’s simple really. All you have to do is take the best cannabis researchers and clinicians from around the world, put them in a room and let them speak to their astonishing discoveries of cannabis receptors in all human organs; the endocannabinoid system; of marvelous healing compounds such as THC and CBD and their acids found in the plant; of the cancer killing; pain deadening; spasticity calming; anti-emetic properties and emotional peace cannabis may provide the ill. There’s been seven of these historic forums each sanctioned by the ANA and the American Medical Association (AMA) as worthy clinical courses meriting attendees coveted CME and CEU credits for professional development. MD’s and RN’s can find the same education on-line and so can you. (3).

I’m writing as a leader of the cannabis conspiracy to brag up my involvement in the plan to “overgrow the government.” I think that honest therapeutic information about cannabis has been around now for at least 20 years, the time frame of the discovery of cannabis receptors becoming known.

What has happened within the US medical community over the two decades has been an abdication of responsibility concerning clinical cannabis use.

While I am pleased that the AMA has “accredited” Patients Out of Time’s clinical cannabis forums for medical doctors to learn of the science that discredits the federal spin, the lack of AMA leadership in this controversy is alarming. As a start at this critique I offer the fact that to my knowledge as I write in November 2012 no medical school or nursing school in the US offers a course on medicinal cannabis uses, it’s nutritional value, its clinical potential and the interface between cannabis plant compounds and our endocannabinoid system.

Considering that all living creatures on earth, canines and sponges, birds and snakes share the common system of endocannabinoid production I used to wonder if some doc somewhere would notice. Then one did. His name is Petzel and he is the leader, a medical doctor, of the Veterans Health Administration. In July 2010 a Directive, VHA 2010-035, was issued under his signature that said clearly – cannabis is a medicine.

Now there is a federal conundrum. The largest health care system in the US, a federal agency run by medical professionals says cannabis is medicine, in writing. The drug czar, a cop, says cannabis is poison.

The news made the first page of the NY Times! All VA facilities began treating Vets that used cannabis legally under state law without a problem. Suicides dropped! (4). Where are the VA doctors in this issue? Is it medicine or not? If it’s medicine for Sgt. Black why isn’t it medicine for Sgt. White?

Answer: Sgt. White lives in Virginia, Sgt. Black lives in Maine.

So where are the VA docs, why are they silent about practicing medical treatment protocols based on geography? “First do no harm” does not apply if you are an MD working for the US federal system? Why is the AMA mute? If it’s medicine for a wounded Vet in Arizona why not in Idaho? Idaho Vets did not measure up? Idaho Vets don’t hurt like guys from other states? Idaho Vets are like Nam Vets so let’s screw them over like we did those guys?

Why is the media such shills for national indecency? Unethical medical practice is ok?  Medicine is doled out based on where the Vet lives not the Vets wounds? This is not news? I know I’m an old guy in a new world but shit what happened? Where are all those young and old journalists that used to give a damn about the world they “report” about?

Why did the docs let cops and lawyers steal their work? When did we start issuing lawyers medical and nursing degrees? When did the law change about who gets to make medical judgments to folks with no knowledge, no license, only the ability to “make laws” and pretend they know what they do? Why does law enforcement sit at a table discussing what type of symptom cannabis can be used for as though some county sheriff is medically enlightened?  Why not put drilling teeth into a Senator’s job description?

As a member of the VFW I was told the VFW has at this point no position on some Vets getting cannabis to treat TBI, PTS, other wounds, pain, while other Vets are denied, prohibited from receiving the same medical protocol.  As a member I could begin a resolution process to see if the VFW would actually speak up about such callous mistreatment of Veterans of foreign war. An estimated three year process. I reminded the VFW representative that while we spoke a Vet blew her head off, and would again and again every 80 minutes. I was told a supervisor would call to help me find another way for the VFW National Commander to reset the balls he left somewhere. That was twelve days ago. No call.

As a member of the American Legion I have written the Legion leadership multiple times requesting the organizations aid in seeking an end to this medical debauchery being practiced on wounded Vets. Never has any staffer ever answered up. They did send a request for dues though. The Legion might have a great baseball program for kids but when they grow up and become soldiers, make that wounded soldiers, the Legion has no program at all to insure equal medical treatment for those they claim to represent.

But dear readers do not be too concerned. Veterans Day is behind us for another year, your plastic yellow ribbon will survive the days to the next, the Virginia Governor an Army Vet will ignore the 800,000 Vets in his state that are denied cannabis a medicine. He wants to be the President you see. Many other governors will as well. Congresswomen, male Representatives and thousands of political staffers will find other more meaningful tasks than unethical Vet care to banter about like fiscal cliffs and hem lines and the demise of Twinkies, but not the death by own hand of the troop that died while you read my essay.

The AMA, the media, the VA, MD’s – what about you?

Al Byrne for Patients Out of Time

 

1 www.medicalcannabis.com

2 www.drugscience.org

3 www.medicalcannabis.com  has a direct link to the University of California’s School of Medicine, San Francisco and a series of on-line accredited courses on the nutritional, holistic, clinical uses of cannabis and the state of the art science concerning the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) found in all living creatures excepting insects.

4 Institute of the Study of Labor, Bonn Germany, February 2012. WSJ, Shea. (Medical cannabis states in the US report an overall 5% lower rate of suicide, the Bonn study was a range of 5-11% dependent on age group of the deceased).

Do Not Be Jody (1) Again

            Sargent Krawitz can speak for Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access I wish to express my personal position as a Vet and Director of VMCA.

The media gathering you attend today is more than the health information you will receive, more than another job another day. You are more than your job you are a citizen with responsibility for your soul. If you have a soul you will repeat the words you hear today without the shrill reply of the US governments professional deniers of truth as “balance.”

No one who enters a warrior world wants to be a burden in any way in service and later. No Vet wants to kill or harm anyone but there is the duty a Vet swore to honor and the honor of being responsible for the care of your country and inhabitants and that brings some to a place called war.

War is not normal and the things a warrior does are not normal except in war.

Those acts in the world you have lived are a burden for a Veteran because churches, laws, morality says do not kill and yet we have. Some of us killed for years as we swore to do, as our country asked us, you asked us, to do.

It is not over for us- war. It is with us every day and night.

Vets need you to understand and to take that knowledge to US citizens that Vets need help with their lives. Talk helps, with the right folks, but we need Vet companions in our lives because our lives were not yours.

You were “Jody”to us in Nam and that can not change but do not be Jody (2) again.

Support Vets like you treat your dog – with unquestioned love. Believe them when they say cannabis helps, not cures, helps, because they say it, because they earned that honor as well.

What do they say, what do I hear from hundreds of them a week – let us use cannabis. I’m a Vet and it is what we need, I need – to live.

I’m young, I’m old, I served, I tried my best, I need cannabis to live.(3)

Al Byrne, Lcdr., USN, ret.

 

(1)   Jody was the name we gave the guy that took our girl back “home” while we fought in Vietnam.

(2)   It is the female cannabis plant that provides the medicine/the comfort we need.

(3)   Every 80 minutes a Veteran commits suicide.