Montana Senator Pushes For Medical Marijuana As Treatment For PTSD

Many veterans are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they return home from war, which is the result of extreme trauma. Although there are various treatment options for the psychological condition, there is no cure. A combination of treatments can help quell the symptoms of PTSD, but experts now believe that medical marijuana may be the answer to helping individuals who suffer from the illness.

Recently, Montana senator David Wanzenried asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider adding PTSD as a condition that qualifies for medical marijuana, according to KFBB-TV. Wanzenried’s argument is that the illness is debilitating and worthy of marijuana as a form of treatment.

Charlie Brown, a professional who has worked with PTSD patients, told the news source that many patients who have received medical marijuana were at least 50 percent more capable of functioning under the treatment. This is a substantial difference compared to other forms of therapy that have been used in individuals with PTSD.

More than 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therapy and medication can help individuals manage the condition over time.