PTSD: CAMO Educates Hawaiian Vets On Benefits of Medicinal Cannabis


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.

THCV: Learn About the Cannabinoid Helping Veterans With PTSD

THCV: Learn About the Cannabinoid Helping Veterans With PTSD

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.

  1. Arizona
  2. Arkansas
  3. California
  4. Connecticut
  5. Delaware
  6. Florida
  7. Hawaii
  8. Illinois
  9. Maine
  10. Maryland
  11. Massachusetts
  12. Michigan
  13. Minnesota
  14. Montana Nevada
  15. New Jersey
  16. New Mexico
  17. North Dakota
  18. Ohio
  19. Oregon
  20. Pennsylvania
  21. Rhode Island
  22. Washington State
  23. 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.

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