Roughly 10 percent of the population suffers from post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. People who have served in the military during wartime, been sexually or physically abused or have witnessed or experienced violent and traumatic events, very often suffer from this disorder. Depending on the individual and what prompted the PTSD, the frequency with which it occurs can vary widely and can be very debilitating.
People who suffer from PTSD often relive the traumatic experience in their minds and are overcome by waves of fear, depression and anxiety.
It is estimated that 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the U.S. due to PTSD. This alone should be reason enough for there to be a search for an effective treatment for PTSD.
Unfortunately, even with therapy and pharmaceutical drugs, some suffers of PTSD are still among its casualties.
For this reason, many people are using marijuana to treat the symptoms while seeking therapy and other approaches that may lead to a cure.
CBD is the compound in marijuana that doesn’t produce a high like THC does. It is also said to be beneficial for people with PTSD, so sufferers who use cannabis to seek relief from PTSD may not even be getting high at all.
In Colorado, veterans and others with PTSD who want to get medical marijuana face an obstacle: PTSD is not on the list of reasons for which someone can get a medical marijuana card.
In July of this year, Colorado state government appointed a board of experts to decide if PTSD should be added to the list of reasons to get a medical marijuana card and the board decided against it.
As a result of this decision, five PTSD patients from Colorado are suing the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and the Colorado Board of Health to get the decision changed.
Bob Hoban is the attorney representing the patients.
(From an article at ATTN.com🙂
The board argued that they needed to see a study approved by the federal government showing marijuana can treat PTSD, but Hoban said such a study would be unlikely to happen at this time. “There can be no U.S. government-sanctioned study, because the government will refuse to give the scientists marijuana to do the study,” he said. Official government studies for marijuana have to use marijuana provided by the federal government, and the government is notoriously stingy with providing marijuana for research.
You can check out the entire article here at ATTN.com.