The Minnesota Department of Health (DOH) approves PTSD as a qualifying condition for the use of medical marijuana including CBD oil for anxiety caused by PTSD. The department was urged to consider the condition as well as depression, autism, arthritis and other conditions.
Minnesota DOH approves the use of medicinal cannabis as PTSD treatment.
MPR News reports on the welcome decision of the DOH Minnesota to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana. Although most may see this as a recommendation for psychoactive strains, CBD oil for anxiety is also believed to be helpful in treating PTSD says Mental Health Daily.
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PTSD is not treated effectively
PTSD has few effective treatments said Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Health Commissioner when he announced the addition. Many American Legion members as well as Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were present at the talk.
Veterans are severely affected by PTSD and the correlation between suicide and PTSD affecting this segment of the population has become more obvious. Many veterans know cannabis as PTSD treatment can be lifesaving, since anti-psychotic or anti-depression medication has been found unhelpful in treating the symptoms of the condition.
16 States already list PTSD as a condition
Sixteen states list PTSD as a qualifying condition and three more states give doctors broad authority to use their own discretion on the matter.
Patients suffering from PTSD will be able to receive medicinal cannabis as a treatment as soon as August next year, given they have certification from a registered Minnesota healthcare practitioner.
Dr. Ehlinger also added intractable pain last year to the list of conditions, which increased the number of patients on the state’s cannabis program to 3,500.
No support from the VA
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) doesn’t support the program as they still see cannabis as an illegal substance under federal law. As a spokesperson bluntly declared, veterans are on their own when they choose to enroll on the state’s marijuana program. VA will not certify any of its patients for medicinal marijuana.
Let’s hope veterans will not run into financial trouble when they try to get cannabis as a PTSD treatment.
Minnesota passed one of the most difficult medical marijuana laws in the country in 2014. The conditions for use were very limited, and the use of the plant itself was outlawed. In many other states, patients can grow pants, but not in Minnesota.
There are only two authorized suppliers in the state and one of them was very glad about the decision to add PTSD, since it could benefit thousands of veterans or others suffering from the condition.
Cannabis as PTSD treatment gives hope to vets and others
Dr. Kyle Kingsley, a veteran and member of the Minnesota National Guard with experience in emergency medicine says it causes him much pain to see how many veterans suffer from PTSD. He says this decision offers some 30,000 veterans and other PTSD patients in Minnesota new hope.
Another specialist gave his opinion, saying doctors who don’t agree with the treatment have not seen the positive effects. Dr. George Komaridis specializes in trauma, and says patients have gone as far as telling him that cannabis gets them through the day, or helps them deal with bad memories that had previously made sleep difficult. He has never seen any patient experiencing any bad effect.
In Minnesota, CBD oil for anxiety is medical marijuana
Minnesota defines medical marijuana as “any species of the genus cannabis plant, or any mixture containing cannabis”. Hence, CBD oil for anxiety is also on the cards for those who seek a calming effect, but who don’t want to get high.