The Motley Fool reports that the US federal government is poised to allow medical marijuanaprescriptions to military veterans. Both the House and the Senate voted to ban the Department of Veterans Affairs from forbidding doctors to prescribe the drug to suffering veterans. If the President approves the bill, it will become law.
How cannabis oil helps to conquer PTSD
Many veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which includes anxiety and insomnia. Cannabinoids are prescribed to treat these as well as the constant pain from physical injuries. One recent review of the usage of cannabis and its various formulations such as cannabis oil for veterans with PTSD covered 11 articles and four minor studies. The latter showed that cannabis reduced insomnia and nightmares, and it set the foundation for bigger controlled trials in the future.
According to the review’s authors, cannabinoids such as THC and CBD help PTSD sufferers to deal with trauma, and the hyperarousal and the avoidance behaviours that characterize this disorder. Further, those with severe PTSD exhibit a greater desire to use cannabis, especially to cope with stress and emotional imbalance. The authors note that inhalation, transdermal absorption and oral intake are all effective. Finally, they state that significant numbers of veterans use cannabis, and at least some are benefiting from it.