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Cannabis and PTSD - Calming the Rage
April 26, 2017
A 2012 VA report noted that 20 percent of military veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from PTSD and depression. Another study found that among those that suffer from PTSD the suicide rate is around 50% higher than the national average.
Meet Leo Bridgewater, a 42-year-old father of two, a veteran who served three tours of duty in the Army and a former Defense Department contractor. This is his experience with the medical benefits of cannabis.
“I knew I was getting better, when I started using cannabis and CBD oil,” Bridgewater said. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant that doesn’t produce the “high” sensation commonly associated with pot. The nightmares stopped and his agitated feelings associated with the disorder begin to melt away, with instances becoming fewer and farther between.
“Whenever my rage button has been pushed and I can feel the PTSD coming up, one of the things that I’ll do is, I’ll definitely pull out my vape pen,” he added. “I can remove myself, pull out my vape pen and bring it down.”