Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Patients Seek Medical Marijuana


As is the case in most states, Arizona has a clearly laid out list of conditions that qualifies a patient for medical marijuana. These include AIDS, glaucoma, and chronic or debilitating conditions that lead to severe pain, nausea, seizures, or muscle spasms. Now, patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder are seeking to add their condition to the MMJ list.

According to the Verde Independent, petitions have been filed that will ask the Health Director Will Humble to include PTSD to the conditions suitable for medical marijuana as a treatment, with a hearing scheduled for later this month and a likely ruling coming in August.

And, PTSD sufferers are not alone in wanting inclusion. Separate petitions have also been filed for migrane, depression, and general anxiety sufferers to also be allowed to seek medical marijuana for their ailments.

Unfortunately, Humble notes that these petitions may face a tough fight. While there are plenty of first-hand accounts from potential medical marijuana patients, all of these conditions lack heavily in hard science that would suggest that weed would help with their conditions. And, while the personal accounts will be considered, actual medical studies are considered the primary factor for inclusion as a medical marijuana condition.

Humble also notes that the great fear is that there might be reason to suspect that medical marijuana could do harm for people with these conditions. While anecdotal evidence of how marijuana helped an individual deal with PTSD can be compelling, the lack of hard science to sway in either direction could cause Humble throw out the petitions. Humble fears patients may seek marijuana as the “first and a proven strategy” and that they might “bypass more contemporary and proven treatments.”

It must be noted that one of the conditions filing a petition may be unnecessary. As the law is currently written, the “severe pain” condition is interpreted broadly, and could easily include migraines. 88% of the current medical marijuana applications in Arizona cite “severe or chronic pain” as among the conditions qualifying them for medical marijuana.

Should Arizona expand their list of medical marijuana conditions to include these additional ailments?

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  1. Yes, I think Arizona (as well as any mmj state which does not currently recognize these illnesses) should add PTSD and depression to the list of calamities which can be more effectively treated with mmj then traditional medicines. As with any prescription, the doctor/patient relationship is essential in deciding if mmj is the right option for a person, the STATE should not be making that choice for us. I personally suffer from atypical depression and quite honestly, it’s made my life a living hell, sadly, the antidepressants actually make it worse! The ONE medication which did work for me had to be discontinued because the FDA discovered it caused heart defects and immediately recalled. But cannabis DOES work for my depression. It makes me an incredible wife and mother who can once again devote herself to her family instead of being in a dark, bottomless pit of mental pain and instability. It allows me to once again be an active member of society and have a more positive outlook on life. Shouldn’t I be allowed that if it works for me instead of having any section of my state or federal government make these decisions FOR ME? Remember, “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”???

  2. a big..YES…my husband suffers from PTSD form vietnam and because he works for the government,he cant use it.if it were legal,so many avenues could be helped not to mention the revenue it would used to be legal,but the government can’t control it so here we are…

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