This week, the Senate approved a bill that would allow marijuana to treat people suffering from PTSD in Colorado. The state would join 25 others in this step forward for applications for cannabis in healthcare.
According to Colorado news station KOAA:
Former Fort Carson soldier Steve DeFino was critically injured while serving overseas nine years ago. He went through dozens of medications to help with his post-traumatic stress, until he switched to cannabis once he got out and started growing it from home.
“I’m able to live a healthy life, sick free, almost pain free and a quality of life to where I’m not thinking about killing myself all the time, it’s really nice to be able to have good medicine in your hands,” he said. And he says adding PTSD to the eight qualified conditions for medical marijuana use has the potential to help save more veterans across Colorado. “There’s a lot of guys that have run out of options, can’t afford recreational prices, and being able to allow medical as a qualifying condition is very huge for some people,” he said.
As The Fresh Toast previously reported, as much as 20 percent of veterans coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. Research has shown that cannabis could change the way the brain works in regards to fear and nightmares associated with PTSD, but the debate continues around its use.