The Colorado Board of Health voted upon the inclusion of PTSD on the list of medical conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed.
Perhaps surprisingly, the vote was negative. 6 votes against the inclusion and 2 votes for, with one member of the Colorado Board of Health missing, the proposal of Colorado’s chief medical officer – doctor Larry Wolk – was rejected.
PTSD will not be treated with medical marijuana, at least for the next four years, when the issue could be brought to the table upon the completion of two Colorado state funded studies that follow the effect of medical marijuana on PTSD.
Feeling betrayed, some of those present in the full house on Wednesday commented that the rejection of the proposal to include PTSD for medical marijuana treatment is a blow to the veterans most affected by the condition.
The proposal was a hope for the veterans who have advocated for PTSD to be included on the prescription list for medical marijuana ever since the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Colorado.
It is this veterans that have repeatedly told of inefficient available treatments for PTSD that do little to help in alleviating the effects, and do much more in decreasing their quality life. Antipsychotics, opioids or antidepressants are not an option for these veterans.
John Evans, the director of Veterans 4 Freedoms strongly stated:
“It is our brothers and sisters who are committing suicide every day. We know cannabis can help. We’re not going to go away. We’ve legalized it. We’ll take the tax dollars from out tourists before we’ll help our vets”.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, as the veterans’ hopes are being spoiled, the Colorado and American psychiatric associations are rejoicing over the negative vote. Representatives of these association claim that anecdotes of health and mental health benefits simply cannot replace full-fledged scientific research into the effects of marijuana on those diagnosed with PTSD.
For some, anecdotal evidence was the persuasive factor. Joan Sowinski, member of the Colorado Board of Health was persuaded by the accounts of the veterans claiming that marijuana use alleviates the effects of PTSD.
Doctor Lorry Wolk brought the proposal on the floor hoping that Colorado would become the 10th state to include PTSD on the list of ailments treated by medical marijuana.
It didn’t happen as he planned, yet, four years from now a new glimpse of hope might emerge upon the completion of the state funded studies.
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