Cannabis Use and PTSD Among Vets
A new article published in the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health examined the prevalence of and reasons for marijuana use in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
About half of CAF Veterans reporting undergoing treatment for PTSD had a history of cannabis use. Findings suggested that cannabis use does not appear to have an impact on PTSD- and pain-related symptom expression.
These findings appear to support the VA’s claims that there is no evidence showing that marijuana is an effective treatment for PTSD. In fact, a VA report states, “research suggests that marijuana can be harmful to individuals with PTSD” (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/co-occurring/marijuana_use_ptsd_veterans.asp).
However, a new review of cannabis research and mental health concluded that preliminary evidence suggests cannabis may have the potential for treating PTSD (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272735816300939).
What to Believe?
What’s a person to believe? At this point, we’ll continue to carefully watch the research on this issue, and report what we find to you.
The search for specific cannabinoids or other chemicals in cannabis that may or may not have therapeutic effects will continue, and we’ll share with you what new research finds as soon as it is reported.
This is not to be confused, however, with what we already know as evidence-informed facts about the harm and addiction potential of marijuana, particularly among youth and young adults.
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Read this full research abstract: http://jmvfh.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/jmvfh.3836