Day: July 11, 2017

More study needed on medical marijuana
Health

More study needed on medical marijuana

More and more veterans with PTSD are seeking relief through medical marijuana. Veterans report it reduces sleeplessness, alleviates pain, diminishes intrusive memories and flashbacks, curtails anxiety and improves sex drive and appetite. Because it was illegal for so long, medical marijuana research is relatively sparse, even though its medical use dates back millennia. And research into veterans’ use of marijuana is even more rare. Advocates point out that veterans with PTSD symptoms who switch to medical marijuana usually do so when the prescribed psychoactive drugs they are on prove to be ineffective or are causing side effects. Some veterans advocates worry about health risks and addiction; others claim it masks symptoms rather than treating the disorder. Some critics have difficul...

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