Veterans, soldiers tout pot benefits in fight against PTSD, opiate addiction

Veterans, soldiers tout pot benefits in fight against PTSD, opiate addiction


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Legalized access to cannabis will help former military soldiers fight symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder while reducing their need for opiate prescriptions, a panel of combat veterans and politicians said in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

An estimated 20 veterans commit suicide each day, said marijuana advocate Dr. Sue Sisley at Wednesday’s conference, for various reasons stemming from pain problems and PTSD symptoms. With VA doctors currently prohibited by law from speaking about marijuana with their patients or recommending the plant for their ailments, those veterans must seek private doctors for medical marijuana recommendations.

And even if approved for a medical card, veterans can lose their VA benefits if they test positive for the plant, Sisley said.

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