Marijuana has made a lot of progress recently, however, its importance is still a heated topic of debate for many. Now it seems that the American veteran will settle this debate once and for all.
New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, is pushing marijuana legislation one step further after he announced that he would make therapeutic pot acceptable for treatment for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
As of now, marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and as a result, there hasn’t been enough medical research into its potential benefits for PTSD victims. The treatment is available, however, in 28 states as well as the District of Columbia.
The American Legion, which consists of over two million members, has called upon the federal government to allow Department of Veteran Affairs doctors recommend marijuana where it’s legal. They have been putting pressure on in-depth medical pot research since last year.
“When veterans come to us and say a particular treatment is working for them, we owe it to them to listen and to do the scientific research required,” said Verna Jones, Executive Director of the American Legion.
Veterans have repeatedly said that marijuana can spare them from various types of dangerous medication such as opioids when treating their PTSD.
Researchers looked over data obtained from 27 chronic pain trials to find any correlation between alleviating chronic pain in adults and cannabis products. They found evidence that cannabis eases neuropathic pain, however, it proved to be insufficient data to draw any conclusions. They did find conclusive evidence that marijuana can increase the risk of harm amongst the general population, including motor vehicle accidents and psychotic symptoms.
There is currently little research into marijuana’s benefits and, as psychiatry researcher Sachin Patel of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center points out, the area is an untapped goldmine.
“The current studies highlight the real and urgent need for high-quality clinical trials in both of these areas,” she states.
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