As Executive Director Of Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access, I Have Been Privileged To Meet Military Veterans From Across The Country Who Report That Medical Marijuana Has Greatly Improved Their Well-being.

Other medications used “off label” to treat PTSD, such as benzodiazepines, commonly carry risks that far outweigh their potential benefit, according to the Marijuana Stocks Army surgeon general. Medical cannabis, however, can provide relief without the risky side effects of powerful prescription drugs. Medical cannabis can lead to nightmare cessation – providing more restful sleep – as well as reduction in hypervigilance and aggression. And while poorly treated PTSD is also one of the contributing factors to increasing suicide rates among veterans, medical cannabis is associated with reductions in both suicide and opiate overdose rates when used as an adjunct treatment. This is why it is crucial to provide veterans, most of whom have already survived numerous treatments, with the option of medical marijuana. And it is why roughly two dozen of the 29 states with medical cannabis programs include PTSD among qualifying conditions. As executive director of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, I have been privileged to meet military veterans from across the country who report that medical marijuana has greatly improved their well-being. I also understand the importance of providing veterans with cannabis as an adjunct to the addictive, high-powered pills they often receive from the Veterans Administration. After suffering a severe accident while in the Air Force, which resulted in a broken hip, arm and leg as well as my spleen being removed, I cycled through dozens of drugs and therapy sessions to relieve my chronic pain. Only with cannabis as an adjunctive medication have I been able to put many of those pills aside.

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