AUG. 5, 2004 - STRESSED ISRAELI SOLDIERS TO BE TREATED WITH CANNABIS
The Israel Defence Forces
(IDF) medical corps, in cooperation with the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem, is introducing the use of THC, the active agent in the
cannabis plant, which helps relieve post-traumatic stress disorders,
on an experimental basis," an army statement said, confirming a
report in the Maariv daily.
Maariv said the mental
health department of the Medical Corps was set to to begin tests on
volunteers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after
Hundreds of Israelis have
been treated for combat stress after performing their mandatory
national service in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The scientist who will
help conduct the experiment, heads a research team which discovered
that cannabis helped mice which had suffered physical stress, and had
even reduced the risk of stroke, Maariv said.
The army said the use of
THC, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, had been approved by a
military and a civilian committee.