Only With Cannabis As An Adjunctive Medication Have I Been Able To Put Many Of Those Pills Aside.

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. RELATED: What should New York’s cannabis policy be? Medical marijuana Veterans in New York suffering from PTSD deserve the same options that I and many others have for managing their conditions. It is also important to remember that while PTSD is not necessarily the result of a physical trauma, it often is accompanied by severe pain, which can be relieved with medical cannabis treatment. Of course, this is not just a veterans’ issue. More than 8 million Americans suffer from PTSD brought on by traumatic events, including first responders and victims of a physical assault or those who survive natural disasters. In fact, studies show that at least 10 percent of all women will suffer from PTSD and the effect of successive trauma seems to be cumulative.

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