First and foremost we want to thank all veterans and soldiers. With you, the United States of America wouldn’t have its freedom and liberty we strive and thrive on. For 238 years we have been building the strongest nation and this could not have been done without the soldiers and veterans.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a serious anxiety disorder one can get after a dangerous or traumatizing experience. Some of those can be veterans who have seen or been through too much, sexual assault victims and even accident survivors. All these can possibly cause high anxiety, flashbacks, insomnia, and even pure isolation of oneself. Medical marijuana is being known to help PTSD patients when it comes to coping with the effects or even helping with triggered moments. Some patients say it helps them calm down and relax during daily activities.
Cannabinoids are the active medicinal compounds found in cannabis which gives validity to medical marijuana. One of them being cannabidiol, CBD, is the new ultimate go to medicine for countless illnesses like epilepsy and slowing down cancer cells. A test was done to see how cannabis effected a brain with PTSD and it showed that there was less hyper activity going on when they used medical marijuana. Another test showed there was a deficiency in end cannabinoids (natural forming compound our body produces for our cannabinoid receptors) when a patient has PTSD. With marijuana, they get to replenish what they are missing due to unfortunate events.
Some cannabinoids like THC that work on the neurological part of the body would be for Tourette’s and ALS. As for PTSD which is a behavior disorder can be coped with CBD and THC.
The New “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Veterans all over are raving about how much it is helping them, they still can’t talk about this with their Veterans Affair doctor, creating a new don’t ask, don’t tell kind of policy within the veterans An amendment was trying to get passed that would end that and make medical cannabis free to talk about and use among the veterans but that did not go through this year. However earlier this year the Federal Government made its first approval towards medical marijuana research, according to Huffington Post.
A group of advocates have come together to create, Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access or VMCA, which is for a veterans rights to use medical marijuana. With many veterans and doctors on board, they come together to create awareness in veterans with PTSD and educate the public. They also try to work with the Veterans Health Administration to create a new policy among the VA about medical cannabis.
With so many states looking to join Colorado and Washington on the road to legalization of marijuana, it looks like things are looking up. Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C., the capital of our nation just passed full legalization. This puts the VA’s policy of cannabis on a fence. Hopefully we will soon see the day our veterans don’t have to suffer from so many pills a day and can relax off a single plant.