Here in the United States, we love our troops. Fighting for our freedom is not easy, and some veterans become afflicted with chronic pain, PTSD, and more. The Department of Veterans Affairs recently funded a study that concluded cannabis had "insufficient impact" on PTSD...but we know that's not true. We've heard handfuls of veterans say that cannabis helps them for a myriad of reasons.
There’s a growing sense that the voice of these veterans might be the best way to change the federal government's policy on medical marijuana. Despite the aforementioned study, support is mounting. David Shulkin, the new Secretary of the VA, has publicly acknowledged that marijuana may have some benefit to veterans with disabilities. Most major national veteran service organizations have already backed medical cannabis, and the others are waiting on the results of an ongoing study in Phoenix at Scottsdale Research Institute. It’s the first-ever FDA approved clinical look at the effects of cannabis on veterans with PTSD.
VICE News Tonight correspondent Roberto Ferdman talks to veterans who use cannabis for pain management, PTSD, and curbing opioid abuse.
Trevor Sand is a Gulf War veteran, a quadriplegic, and, as of about 10 years ago, an avid marijuana user: I use my cannabis for my pain because my organs are going to love me a lot longer, they’re last longer, which means when as I get older I won't have to be on as much medications.
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