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Tuesday, January 5, 2010 / | Medical marijuana can help with stress injury


To The Editor:

Re: Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder a daily struggle: Former soldier (Dec. 31)

Medical marijuana has been positively indicated in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In fact, it works better than the toxic, addictive, often suicide-inducing pharmaceuticals usually proscribed for this condition.

My wife and I both use it to stave off the symptoms of PTSD - including the darkest thoughts that comes with it. The side effects are mild and easily to live with.

Also, Canadians can get licenses from Health Canada to possess and even produce marijuana, or, if they buy their pot from Health Canada directly, Veterans Affairs will pay for it.

But that sensible and compassionate approach might "send the wrong message to youth" about the use of marijuana and the wildly counterproductive prohibition on it, so it looks like our soldiers and their families will be forced to continue to sacrifice long after they come home.

Russell Barth

Nepean, ON / | Medical marijuana can help with stress injury

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