How Much Access do Veterans have to Medical Cannabis?
Why can’t the Department of Veterans Affairs prescribe safer medications like medical cannabis? And why are vets forced to choose between pills and pot?
Active service members and veterans alike have been expressing their frustration with the poor treatment options that are currently available to them — primarily prescribed painkillers. Many have turned to medical marijuana, which has the potential to effectively treat both physical and psychological ailments. Veterans like Leo Bridgewater have spoken out publicly about the power of medical cannabis to control their PTSD symptoms and how it allows them to lead more normal, productive lives. After Bridgewater’s uncle, a Vietnam veteran, first advised him about medical marijuana, he turned to cannabis as a way of treating not only his knee pain, but his overall emotional health.
After nearly a decade of anecdotal evidence from individuals and veterans organizations about the effectiveness of treating certain symptoms and ailments with marijuana, we are beginning to see some clinical studies get under way. The most notable study to date is from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), which will explore whether marijuana can help reduce PTSD symptoms in 76 US veterans with chronic, treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD’s symptoms include sleeplessness, nightmares, flashbacks, and feelings of hyperarousal.
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