Marijuana and Veterans – PTSD
The detrimental effects of war cannot be overstated. Among the many wounds that global conflict causes, the mental scars are often the worst; simply because they are harder to cure. PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, affects 31% of Vietnam veterans, 10% of Gulf War veterans, and 20% of Iraq War veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This medical condition makes it extremely difficult for veterans to adjust to civilian life; symptoms such as flashbacks, trouble concentrating, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and mood disorders affect family, work, and interpersonal relationships.
Thankfully, there are ways to treat PTSD and other ailments that veterans face – and among them, medical marijuana stands as one of the best. In May, the U.S. Senate voted to allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans, a historic move that demonstrates the growing medical consensus that cannabis has many beneficial properties, especially for those suffering from PTSD.
Numerous studies have proven that medical marijuana is capable of significantly reducing the symptoms of PTSD and helping smooth the transition from military to civilian life for many veterans. A recent study published in Science Daily showed that smoking cannabis reduced the symptoms of PTSD by about 75 percent, drastically reducing the chances of suicide in many veterans. The effects of cannabis on other conditions that veterans suffer from, such as chronic pain and insomnia, are also strong, and medical marijuana is widely recognized as a viable pain reliever and sleep aid.
Unfortunately, the social stigma behind marijuana prevents many people from reaching out and using this substance as a way to help relieve the symptoms of PTSD and integrate more easily into civilian life. However, recognizing that cannabis is a medically accepted treatment that is slowly overcoming the politics that have long kept it underground is allowing many veterans to understand that medical marijuana is a viable option for them.
MMJ Marketing wants to thank all veterans for their service, and for the veterans who may be suffering from the damaging effects of PTSD. We hope that if this solution appeals to you you will look into attaining a Medical Marijuana Certification Card. If you have questions please email us directly at info@mmjmarketing.Net so we can direct you to a local Medical Marijuana Certification Facility.
Thank You again for your service!