Prescription drugs not working
Veterans coming back home from war have been prescribed a cocktail of prescription drugs to treat their PTSD. Many, unfortunately, have found prescription treatment to be unsuccessful. Of those veterans, some have taken their recovery into their own hands by self-prescribing various drugs. While some have gone as far to travel to the Amazon to take hallucinogens, others have turned to marijuana. Stories of weed helping their PTSD may be what spurred the U.S. Military to approve the testing of marijuana use on veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The study gives hope to our nations veterans
One Iraq War veteran, Ricardo Pereyda, shared his story of dealing with PTSD with Military.com: “I suffered from severe post-traumatic-stress, I was prescribed a cocktail of prescription drugs from the VA for years; they didn’t help.” Pereyda, who must have been frustrated with the lack of results, took himself off the prescriptions and began to self-medicate with marijuana exclusively. In his words, marijuana helped him “live a more full and productive life,” helping to provide relief from PTSD, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
The country should be happy with the decision to start the study. America’s veterans deserve to be respected and looked out after. The Military is making the right choice by looking for additional ways to help veterans return back home to a normal, peaceful life.