Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). So do millions of other Americans. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that more than 5 million people suffer from PTSD in a given year.
New clinical research suggests there is something that can help: Marijuana. Yep, you read that right. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs this week published results from a New Mexico study that found patients reported an average 75% reduction in all three areas of PTSD symptoms while using marijuana.
Patients in the study all met the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and were symptomatic. When they used marijuana, they reported significant relief from PTSD symptoms, as well as a lack of harm or problems functioning because of marijuana use. The study used a standard PTSD evaluation tool to rate the frequency and intensity of symptoms.
– Read the entire article at AlterNet.