These are the benefits of cannabis

Twenty percent of military personnel who have been involved in conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.  Four out of five Vietnam-era veterans still experience symptoms of PTSD a full century after serving. Veterans sometimes relive the trauma in flashbacks or dreams.  They avoid reminders of combat and develop negative beliefs about people and the world. The trauma is far too common and made far worse when there’s an injury. A lot of veterans suffer both extreme physical trauma and mild to major brain injury.  Symptoms include cognitive and personality swings. Depression and anxiety persist for months and even years. Coming back home and attempting to step back into family life and the work environment can be overwhelming. Veterans sometimes end up homeless, with no income, and the risk of suicide is high.  Standard PTSD treatment involves antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and sleep aids. The side effects are similar to the actual symptoms of PTSD. Recent studies of cannabis suggests that it is a safer and more effective treatment. CBD affects the brain’s stress regulation system and provides long-term symptom relief.  While this is good news, the problem is that veterans have difficulty gaining access to the marijuana products needed to lessen their symptoms. The use of treating PTSD is currently prohibited by federal law. Because of this, research has been limited. Veterans Administration doctors are not allowed to prescribe marijuana.  They have been prevented from even discussing the benefits. Fortunately an increasing number of states have already passed or expanded laws offering PTSD sufferers access to medical cannabis.

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