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Veteran Affairs Canada paying for 26 former soldiers to receive medical marijuana

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

Veteran Affairs Canada revealed recently 26 vets are getting support for participation in Health Canada’s Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) program. Ten use it to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Ottawa Citizen writes. This revelation came about in the Citizen’s profile of Ontario resident Chris Hillier, who said Veterans Affairs agreed to pay for his medical marijuana, as long as …

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Why it’s now easier for U.S. veterans to access medical marijuana

In Feature Stories, Regulatory, Veterans by David Silverberg

The U.S. Department of Veteran affairs has clarified its policy to allow patients treated at its hospitals and clinics to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal. Taking effect this week, the new directive won’t permit department doctors to prescribe marijuana, as the New York Times writes. “But it will address the concern of many patients who use the drug that they …

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Medical marijuana helps war veterans overcome post-traumatic stress

In Feature Stories, PTSD by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

Researchers in Israel discovered marijuana can be beneficial treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. PTSD sufferers using marijuana reported fewer flashbacks, better sleep and clearer thinking. Dr. Yehuda Baruch, the head of the psychiatric hospital “Abarbanel” in Bat Yam, helped conduct the study and said he selected marijuana for the PTSD research because of its effect on the …