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PTSD Denied Medical Marijuana Treatment in Colorado
Colorado has denied a proposal to add PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, to the list of illnesses that can be treated with medical marijuana. The exclusion of mental health issues in the medical marijuana treatment list has brought about an intense debate whether Colorado officials are failing to consider mental health issues as a serious and treatable disorder. Proponents of the treatment argue that several other states have added PTSD to medical marijuana lists, and by adding the ailment to the list, would allow for better research into medical marijuana’s efficacy on mental health issues.
Colorado health officials have once again struck down a proposal that would add PTSD to the list of medical ailments that can be treated effectively with medical marijuana. This is the third time the proposal has been presented to officials. The board that adds illnesses considered treatable by medical marijuana has approved a slew of other illness in recent years, but not PTSD. The proposal was first struck down in 2001.
The proposal included testimonials from individuals suffering from PTSD whom had been helped by the use of marijuana. Several veterans have stepped forward to share their stories of how medical marijuana use has helped ease the debilitating symptoms of PTSD. The board sited insufficient evidence of efficacy as their reason for striking down the proposal. Proponents of medical marijuana argue that it is a safer alternative to antidepressants and adding it to the list would make it far easier to research the effects of medical marijuana on those suffering from mental health issues.
What is PTSD and how can Medical Marijuana Help?
PTSD is a mental illness that can cause flashbacks, insomnia and anxiety in patients who have suffered a traumatic event. Commonly associated with war veterans, PTSD also affects survivors of violent crimes, child abuse and natural disasters. The flashbacks can cause debilitating anxiety and strike whenever a trigger point is present, such as loud noises.
Medical marijuana is thought to be helpful in easing the symptoms of this disorder as it calms the nerves and relaxes the patient. The relaxing affects of the drug can help to ease the flashbacks, and help patients sleep better at night, making it easier for them to combat the symptoms.
Nine states that have medical marijuana provisions have added PTSD to the list of ailments that can be treated with marijuana.
Why Does Adding it to the List Matter?
Many outside of the medical marijuana community have wondered why adding PTSD to the medical marijuana treatment list matters. The answer is simple; by adding PTSD to the medical marijuana treatment list, doctors would be able to prescribe strains that would be most effective at treating the given mental health condition. They would also be able to offer patients strains that do not offer psychoactive effects.
Adding PTSD to the list would also make researching and tracking the effects of medical marijuana on those suffering from PTSD easier, and could lead to research that proves its efficacy in mental health treatment, both in patients with PTSD and those suffering from other mental health issues including depression and anxiety.
Ailments that are Part of the List Currently:
Illness including cancer, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS are currently listed as illnesses that can be treated by medical marijuana in Colorado. Doctors may also prescribe medical marijuana to individuals who are suffering from chronic illnesses, including seizure disorders and neurological disorders.