In Colorado, smoking marijuana has already been legalized for adults who are 21 and over. However, this ironically does not cover medical marijuana for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
On Thursday, the Colorado house approved a bill that will allow doctors to prescribe the drug by adding PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions, making them the 15th state to do so.
Veterans receiving federal benefits need a doctor’s recommendation in order to use pot without risking some benefits.
The sponsor of the Colorado bill called Thursday – the 4/20 marijuana holiday – an “appropriate day” to pass the bill. It has already passed the Senate.
This could be a revolutionary break through. Medical marijuana can reduce stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation that can be associated with PTSD.
Cannabis strain database (Leafly) breaks it down:
One pillar of PTSD is an endocannabinoid deficiency: the body stops producing enough endocannabinoids to fill receptor sites, and this is where the cannabinoids found in marijuana play a therapeutic role. By replenishing these missing endocannabinoids with those found in cannabis, researchers think marijuana pharmaceuticals might bring PTSD patients relief from their memories.
Most people who suffer from the disorder suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, sleep deprivation, and can even make them feel emotional numb and distant.
According to The Cannabist:
States and US territories that considerer PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana include
|Jurisdiction||Listed condition or physician discretion|
|California||Broad discretion by physician|
|Florida||Broad discretion by physician|
|Massachusetts||Broad discretion by physician|
|Washington, D.C.||Broad discretion by physician|
|Puerto Rico||Broad discretion by physician|
What do you think? If this truly does help our US veterans, shouldn’t every state follow suit?