An increasing amount of states are deciding whether to legalize cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, however, for numerous veterans, the argument has already stopped. They are using marijuana more and more although it is illegal in most states and is not approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs since major studies have not indicated that it is effective against PTSD.
Although it is true that the research has not been very revealing, some veterans state that cannabis helps them work through their anxiety, dreams, and insomnia. Other drugs, such as Klonopin and Zoloft, they say, are not as effective or did not feel very good to them.
“I went from being an anxious mess to numbing myself with the pills they were giving me,” said a 39-year-old former Marine, Mike Whiter, who lives in Philadelphia, where cannabis is not legal. “Cannabis helped me get out of the hole I was in. I started to talk to people and get over my social anxiety.”
Others, however, have seen little profit from the medication. Furthermore, the VA has archived an alarming ascent in the quantity of PTSD-burdened veterans who have become addicted to cannabis, which few specialists say can hinder recuperation from a war injury.
Sally Schindel, of Prescott, Arizona, said the VA determined her child Andy Zorn to have PTSD after he served in the Armed force in Iraq. The office later determined him to have pot reliance and additionally melancholy and bipolar issue, she said. Schindel said her child was utilizing weed not for entertainment but rather as self-drug, especially to offer him some assistance with sleeping. He slaughtered himself at age 31 in 2014, writing in his suicide that “marijuana killed my soul & ruined my brain.”
“He told me he found it much harder to quit than he thought it would be,” Schindel stated. “He’d buy it and smoke it and then flush the rest of it. The next day he bought it again.”
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