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For the First Time, Injured IDF Soldiers Receive Medical Cannabis

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Some of the IDF soldiers hospitalized at the orthopedic department at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv are being treated with medical cannabis to relieve pain, according to Israel Today.

The group of about five soldiers are given cannabis extract oil droplets, to avoid the high from the drug. This is the first time patients, soldiers or civilians, at a rehabilitation department are permitted access to cannabis for medical purposes.

“there were many requests to use medical cannabis, and once one soldier asked, suddenly everybody else wanted some, too, ” said Dr. Zaki (Isaac) Ziv-Ner, director of the department of orthopedic rehabilitation at Sheba.

“I didn’t want to keep from them something they might need and that could help, but I also didn’t want smoking parties in the sculpture garden, and for soldiers to miss their appointments, ” he added.

The solution Dr. Ziv-Ner found was to give out cannabis oil in drops, a delivery system devoid of the intoxicating effect, which still helps relieve pain.

“I decided I was open to anything that would help the soldiers, but to use it rationally, ” Dr. Ziv Ner said.

using effective pain medication is particularly important at the orthopedic rehabilitation department, where patients typically stay for very long periods. Being able to go through the rehabilitation work with less pain is enormously important to soldiers learning to function without their lost limbs.

“The young guys are very excited” about the new treatment, said the mother of one of the hospitalized soldiers. “But I explained to my son that cannabis has negative aspects, to the point of damaging the immune system.”

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  1. MalcolmKyle1

    September 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Researchers have found that there are no differences between daily marijuana users and those using no marijuana in their use of the emergency room, in hospitalizations, medical diagnoses, or their health status.
    “Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) studied 589 adults who screened positive for drug use at a primary care visit. Those patients were asked about their drug use, their emergency room use and hospitalizations, and their overall health status. In addition, information about other medical diagnoses was obtained from their medical records. They found the vast majority of the study sample (84 percent) used marijuana, 25 percent used cocaine, 23 percent opioids and eight percent used other drugs; 58 percent reported using marijuana but no other drugs. They also found no differences between daily marijuana users and those using no marijuana in their use of the emergency room, in hospitalizations, medical diagnoses or their health status.” 

    http://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2013-09-association-frequency-marijuana-health-healthcare.html

    A study at the beginning of the last decade and reported in Scientific American magazine seemed to show that “workers testing positive only for marijuana exhibited absenteeism some 30 percent lower than average”.

    According to a report published by NIDA in 2002, Utah Power and Light actually “spent $215 per employee per year less on the drug abusers in health insurance benefits than on the control group. Those who tested positive at Georgia Power had a higher promotion rate than the company average.”

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