Medical marijuana still has a long way to go. Sure, it managed to catch a break by finally being accepted in more states, but the state of marijuana federal laws is still making it impossible for certain medicines to be developed, as well as for certain patients to get a hold of their much needed medicine. Possibly giving some hope for the future of medical research, Senate considering bill to treat PTSD with medicinal marijuana.
State of PTSD
As a very serious and especially prevalent condition in this day and age, PTSD is one of the most destructive forms of psychological suffering. An untreated case of PTSD can not only ruin the sufferer’s life, but also those of the individual’s family and acquaintances. It can even have a negative impact on the economy.
This is because of the huge complexity presented by the disorder. For example, let’s look at a veteran suffering from PTSD. If left untreated, it can lead to increasing emotional distance towards his family, eventually resulting in divorce. Domestic violence is also commonly associated with the disorder.
Some of the common, yet life-shattering factors associated with PTSD are emotional distance, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, sudden bouts of violence, family separation, and even homelessness and ending up in jail. These are just some of the most common factors.
And with the Veterans Administration reporting that roughly 30% of veterans come back from Afghanistan or Iraq, suffering from PTSD, something more should be done for our nation’s heroes.
Senator Archambault and his bill
This where Rhode Island Senator Stephen R. Archambault comes in with the new bill, proposing that PTSD sufferers get the treatment they so much need and deserve. What the bill proposes is to add PTSD to the list of debilitating medical conditions under which you can benefit from medical marijuana treatment in the state.
Despite studies being very difficult to perform on the drug because of the federal laws surrounding it, the few studies that have been performed showed that 75% of PTSD sufferers involved in the test got better with the help of medical cannabis.
Some of the debilitating medical conditions that are granted a medical marijuana license in the state include glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, and cancer. While PTSD is not directly as physically damaging as the conditions above, it can have equally devastating emotional and mental consequences.
Most PTSD patients in Rhode Island are hoping that the bill will pass, as they need more help in overcoming their affliction, and this might just be what they need.
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