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article imageStudy suggests marijuana helps vets with symptoms of PTSD

By Glen Olives     Dec 31, 2014 in Science
Santa Fe - A New Mexico study finds that Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) symptoms can be reduced by as much as 75 percent with the use of medical marijuana.
Anti-marijuana advocates often argue that little medical evidence exists for the efficacy of medical marijuana, except for the known, and studied, benefits for diseases such as rare bone cancers, glaucoma, and nausea reduction in chemotherapy patients.
PTSD may soon be added to the list.
Recent clinical research reported in The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs concludes that in patients diagnosed with PTSD, smoking marijuana reduced symptoms by as much as 75 percent.
The study was conducted in New Mexico, which was the first state to approve marijuana for the treatment of PTSD in 2009. Six other medical marijuana states have approved its use for treating PTSD since then.
George Greer, one the the study's researches, acknowledges that more work needs to be done:
Many PTSD patients report symptom reduction with cannabis, and a clinical trial needs to be done to see what proportion and what kind of PTSD patients benefit, with either cannabis or the main active ingredients of cannabis.
According to the Department of Veteran's Affairs, more than 5 million people suffer from PTSD, and tens of thousands are veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
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