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New York allows medical marijuana to treat PTSD

Published On: 11-24-2017 in Category: marijuana

New York allows medical marijuana to treat PTSD

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law, on Nov. 11, 2017, which would include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the list of disorders that can be lawfully treated with medical marijuana. The PTSD legislation was part of a legislative package to honor Veterans Day. “Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them when they return home,” said Cuomo.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), around 11-20 percent of veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) may battle PTSD in a given year. Further, 12 percent of military personnel who fought in the gulf war reported PTSD symptoms in a given year. Besides, experts estimate that about 30 percent of Vietnam War veterans are more likely to struggle with PTSD at some point of time in their lives.

Speaking about the increase in the numbers of veterans battling PTSD, the New York governor said that his priorities lie in ensuring that the needy have access to treatment options. Although the amount of scientific evidence necessary to prove the effectiveness of medical cannabis as a possible remedy to combat PTSD is insignificant, a 2014 study conducted in New Mexico claimed that medical pot can lower PTSD symptoms by 75 percent.

Marijuana is an addictive drug

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 22 million people aged 12 or older were using marijuana in 2015. In light of the growing demands for marijuana legalization, many fear that life-wrecking and addictive nature of the drug will be overlooked. In fact, researchers believe that the U.S. is doing a dreadful disservice to the next generation by taking a carefree stand toward the perils of marijuana. As the medicinal value of marijuana remains a highly debatable topic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to include cannabis under the Schedule I classification tag along with drugs such as methaqualone, heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ecstasy and peyote, owing to its immense potential for abuse.

Though they don’t make it to the headlines, there are significant health hazards linked to marijuana abuse. Irrespective of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in certain states, people at large should be educated about the fact that it is a mind-altering substance, which can lead to severe health complications. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the principal ingredient in marijuana that causes psychoactive changes in the body, leading to addiction and drug urges in chronic users.

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If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other drug, seek treatment immediately. The New York Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 646-666-7461 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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