Marijuana’s effect on combatting PTSD and pain in patients is perhaps not as positive as was previously thought, suggests research examined by Susan Scutti of CNN. It looked at multiple studies, concluding that the drug is not always effective at combatting these two conditions. Eighty percent of people who request medical marijuana give pain as their main reason, while over a third mention PTSD. Non-medical use of weed was shown to increase the likelihood of car accidents, psychotic effects and short-term cognitive deterioration. More research must be done to conclusively state marijuana’s positive impact on those who suffer.
The use of medical marijuana has been shown to alleviate symptoms of pain and PTSD, reports Matt Ferner of The Huffington Post. As the U.S. goes through an opioid epidemic, weed may offer a more positive solution than anti-depressants and other pharmaceuticals. Particularly for veterans who suffer from pain and PTSD, the most common forms of medication have, at times, exacerbated issues of depression and suicidal thoughts. However, marijuana, especially in its non-psychoactive forms like cannabidiol, can tackle these issues better. The U.S. should look into this option and reduce the spread of potentially harmful medication.