The Evolution of Veteran Affairs Healthcare - Is It High Time for Cannabis Treatment
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States
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This research addresses the question, Should Consideration Be Given to Permitting VA Doctors to Recommend Medical Marijuana to Veterans The Veterans Affairs VA Office of Inspector General reported that more than 50 percent of all veterans enrolled and receiving DVA Healthcare are affected by chronic pain. Furthermore, the DVA estimates that approximately 35 of patients with chronic pain also have PTSD.1 Medicinal marijuana has been used throughout history as a valid form of treatment since the 18th century. In the last decade, the research on medicinal marijuana has increased dramatically. There have been hundreds of reviews and studies by research centers, state-funded programs and independent physicians on the medical benefits of marijuana. More recent studies have shown significant evidence that marijuana is an effective treatment for chronic pain and PTSD.2 To date, a total of 23 states, the District of Columbia and Guam allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs. Evidence provided in this research supports the use of medicinal marijuana for PTSD and chronic pain and allowing for VA doctors to recommend, and complete state approved medicinal marijuana program forms.
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