The Latest In PTSD Treatment: An Online Tool, Medical Cannabis, and Service Dogs

07 Jul 2017

PTSD is an issue that many veterans struggle with. Every veteran either has some degree of PTSD themselves or has a close buddy who suffers from it. Here are the latest developments and news about PTSD treatment.

VA Releases Online Tool to Help Deal With PTSD

The Veterans Affairs has recently released a new online tool that is designed to help returning military personnel deal with the effects of PTSD. The tool, called PTSD Treatment Decision Aid, has a lot of information, videos, and presentations about various treatments for PTSD, such as talk therapy. Users can also build charts to compare the various treatments to help them decide which one they prefer.

Colorado Approves PTSD for Medical Cannabis Treatment

Governor John Hickenlooper has recently approved PTSD as a condition that qualifies for treatment with medical cannabis. It is the first condition to be approved for cannabis treatment in Colorado since 2001. Nineteen other states have already approved PTSD as a qualifying condition.

Research Into Effects of Service Dogs on PTSD

Researchers at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for the Human Animal Bond are conducting a new clinical research study to find out what effects service dogs have on veterans suffering from PTSD. It’s been suggested that bonding with dogs can produce positive emotional reactions which can help people deal with PTSD. The new study was created to discover exactly how and which PTSD symptoms are affected by service dogs. The study is being done in partnership with K9s for Warriors.

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Arizona Vets Demand Approval of Medical Marijuana for Treatment of PTSD

11 Jun 2012

Arizona is one of the few states in the country that has a medical marijuana policy that allows the distribution and sale of medical marijuana for treatment of certain disorders. Veterans in that state are now demanding that post traumatic stress disorder also be included as a qualifying condition in the program. Currently, Arizona's medical marijuana program only allows the sale of marijuana to treat certain conditions, like cancer and chronic pain.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs allows the use of medical marijuana by patients in the treatment of medical conditions when they're living in states that have such policies in place. However, the Department Of Veterans Affairs does not actually recommend the use of marijuana for treatment. That is because the sale of marijuana -medical or otherwise - is banned under federal law.

Currently, there are 17 states that have medical marijuana programs in place, but there is no information about how many veterans are using these programs. However, many program advocates believe that more and more veterans are turning to medical marijuana programs to treat PTSD symptoms that they return with from combat.

California veteran benefits lawyers believe that veterans are using medical marijuana to treat symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder as well as traumatic brain injury. Many veterans who return from combat with severe debilitating injuries like amputation may suffer from chronic physical pain, and may use medical marijuana to help treat the pain.

As far as medical marijuana is concerned, the federal administration has been sending out frustratingly mixed signals. In states, that do have medical marijuana policies in place, the federal administration has been cracking down on dispensaries, stating that these activities are illegal since pot is banned under federal law. That means a severe hardship for patients who depend on medical marijuana to treat their symptoms.