Post-traumatic stress disorder, better known as PTSD, is a mental illness that occurs after a person has experienced a traumatic and scarring event. According to a VA report from 2012, 30% of veterans who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq suffer from PTSD.
After nearly a decade, the first American study to determine the medical benefits of cannabis in treating post-traumatic stress disorder is nearing completion. Dr. Sue Sisley and the Scottsdale Research Institute need only approve five more patients by mid-October to hit their goal of 76 trials.
Charles Claybaker spent five tours in Afghanistan that left the Army Ranger with a crushed leg, hip and spine and a traumatic brain injury. Army doctors loaded him up with a dozen prescriptions to numb the pain and keep his PTSD in check.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that state officials will hold a series of “listening sessions” about marijuana legalization. The move is the latest in an intensified evolution of the cannabis policy debate in New York.