The physical and mental trauma that veterans experience as a result of their military service extends far beyond the end of their participation in combat-related roles. To recognize the sacrifices veterans have made to protect our country, state and federal lawmakers must continue to expand access to crucial treatment options and programs that assist veterans who are struggling with post-war illnesses. These should include making medical cannabis available to all veterans.
Numbers don’t lie. And, it’s hard to argue with the numbers published in a new study examining the effects of cannabis on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its associated symptoms. A team of researchers led by Stephanie Lake of the University of British Columbia found that PTSD sufferers were significantly more likely to experience major depression and suicidal ideation unless they used marijuana.