The Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAMO) on Oahu is currently educating Hawaii’s veterans on how to best cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with the help of medicinal cannabis.
Paring adaptive sports activities with medicinal cannabis, CAMO’s services provide disabled veterans and their families a sense of optimism and hope. Though focusing primarily on military veterans, CAMO rejects no one, according to their Facebook page.
“Services are provided primarily to disabled veterans, DOD/military members, and their families, however CAMO does not turn away civilian patrons or patients.”
Based on the island of Oahu, CAMO provides a modern holistic approach to helping today’s veterans who struggle to overcome mental health issues. A common ailment, approximately eight million adults suffer from PTSD annually. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs:
- About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
- About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year.
- About 10 of every 100 women (or 10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (or 4%).
Does your state recognize cannabis as a treatment for PTSD?
Hawaii is just one of 23 states that currently lists post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Here is a quick list of the states that currently allow medicinal cannabis (in some form) as a treatment for PTSD.
- Montana Nevada
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- Washington State
- Washington, DC
CAMO advocates “using legal oils from industrial hemp” as a holistic treatment for PTSD until real medical marijuana is available. Excited by the recent announcement of Hawaii’s first medical marijuana testing facility being granted a “provisional certification,” CAMO believes the healing will begin “when the dispensaries are allowed to open” and begin dispensing, according to Hawaii News Now.