medical cannabis & veterans
The use of medical cannabis for the treatment of conditions commonly experienced by veterans, such as chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a topic of growing interest. While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of cannabis on these conditions, early studies suggest that it may have potential benefits for veterans.
Medical cannabis has been prescribed to treat both mental and physical symptoms of PTSD and has been found to provide relief, improve sleep, and reduce symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and potentially even alcohol and nicotine use (Loflin et al., 2019; Sterniczuk & Whelan, 2016; Jin et al., 2017). However, the long-term effects of medical cannabis on PTSD and potential side effects, particularly when used with other medications, are not well understood (Kalant & Porath-Waller, 2016; Loflin et al., 2017; Loflin et al., 2019; Lucas et al., 2012; Sterniczuk & Whelan, 2016).
However, the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of conditions commonly experienced by veterans is still a controversial topic, and more research is needed to fully understand its effects and determine the appropriate dosing and formulation for these conditions.
Medical cannabis is being increasingly used by veterans to treat their PTSD symptoms and physical injuries, more research is needed to fully understand its effects and determine its safety and efficacy in this population.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here are those of the author and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any medical questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare practitioner.