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Monday, September 14, 2015

Marijuana For Veterans With PTSD Is Finally Going to Be Legal

Medical marijuana for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has finally been given the go-ahead by the U.S. federal government.

Before full legalization, the federal government has allocated money to researchers to begin testing marijuana for treating military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Far from a hypothetical move, the study parameters have already been approved by the Department of Health and Human Services as of March 2014. These proposed studies had been opposed by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, until last Wednesday when they finally signed off on the government supplying drug for clinical trials.

The United States government reports that 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans have experience PTSD. This is a significant rise from the 12% suffering from PTSD after the first Gulf War, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs.

To put that in perspective, 15% of Vietnam vets have been diagnosed as suffering with PTSD at one time or another.



Anonymous said...

My friends dad was in Vietnam and has major PTSD. Known the guy for over 20 years and he was alwaysba little wacky i guess you could say.

About 5 years ago he started getting treatment for it. The VFW had him so loaded up on drugs he was literally drooling while talking to you, or nodding off mid sentence. Wife ended up leaving him, he couldn't go to work, lost his house and ended up in rehab.

His son offered to get him some green one day and it turned into a habitual thing and almost all symptoms are gone and life is for the most part back on track. Smart move by the feds.

Anonymous said...

About time!

Anonymous said...

I think the numbers for PTSD are low. A lot more of us have it, but don't report it out of fear of our own government.
There are substances in weed that can be isolated and administered that will help you without making you high.
We may now be able to make some progress with treating a number of illnesses with THC compounds.