Unprescribed conveys the stories of veterans, spouses, and family members coping with war-related trauma and the loss of loved ones to suicide. After returning from combat many veterans are prescribed what's frequently referred to as the ‘combat cocktail’ or ‘zombie dope’ leading many to believe that suicide is a possible solution to their pain. The film takes a closer look at medical marijuana, which could provide a safer alternative for many returning service members.
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Amid the opioid crisis and 22 suicides a day, increasing numbers of veterans are turning to cannabis as a safer alternative to pharmaceuticals. We've been told that marijuana is bad, it's a gateway drug, only to learn we've been systematically lied to through government controlled propaganda. Despite federal push back experts like Dr. Sisley seek to answer the question, 'is marijuana safe?'
(14) 1h 11min 2020 [18+]
Boone Cutler, Sue Sisley, Hope Wiseman
Sue Sisley, MD
Janine & John Lutz
Released on 2-22-2020, Unprescribed looks at cannabis as an alternative to the opioid epidemic and a means for combating veteran suicides.
The Opioid Epidemic
Originally code named Project Kanaeh, the working title was changed to Unprescribed to reflect the inability of those in need to legally receive this beneficial medicine at the federal level.
Marijuana is currently classified as a schedule I narcotic along with several dangerous drugs including heroin and LSD. THC and CBD, two of the natural compounds found in cannabis known as cannabinoids, have been shown to treat a broad range of ailments including PTSD, chronic pain, and even seizures.
Because schedule I drugs are defined as substances with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, doctors are prohibited from writing prescriptions for marijuana, even in states where it is has been legalized. In such locations doctors can only advise patients on using it.
The goal of the film is to raise awareness of these issue in hopes of influencing our lawmakers to reclassify marijuana as a schedule III drug, or remove it all together, so that doctors who recognize its medicinal benefits can legally prescribe it.