As tribute to the nation’s modern day heroes, New York state governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill last Saturday allowing vets and citizens of the state to obtain cannabis to treat symptoms of PTSD.
The legislative nod gives a go signal to doctors in the state to prescribe medical marijuana to patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is the latest addition to the roster of medical conditions that can be treated with the drug.
Not just vets
But the bill is not solely directed to vets. Although they have been the most vocal advocates for pot for PTSD, the bill also seeks to help police officers, fire fighters, as well as survivors of domestic and any other forms of violence.
It is said that Cuomo’s sign-off came at the persistent urging of many advocacy groups in the state.
New York is now the 28th state to allow PTSD patients to gain access to legal pot for their ailments. This is deemed by many as extremely helpful, especially with the state’s estimated 19,000 patients with the condition whose suffering can be alleviated by the newly available treatment.
PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that is often triggered by a terrifying event, either by directly experiencing it or by witnessing it. Its most common symptoms include severe anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. About 24.4 million Americans have this condition. Experts estimate that up to 20 percent of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, up to 10 percent of Gulf War veterans, and up to 30 percent of Vietnam War veterans have experienced PTSD consequently.
The bill is one of the five measures that the governor signed into law on Veterans Day.