University of British Columbia Okanagan Looking at Medical Marijuana and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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UBC Okanagan (UBCO) professor Zach Walsh is about to undertake one of the largest medical marijuana clinical trials to take place in Canada in recent memory.

It deals with whether medical marijuana can help people who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“For a lot of individuals with PTSD the existing treatments are not sufficient. They’re on a variety of different treatments — anti depressants, anti-anxiety medications and they still have symptoms,” said Walsh.

Those symptoms include hyper arousal which is a feeling of being always on edge. Sometimes that can be reflected in sleep.

There a lot of Canadians who suffer from PTSD.

Research shows that nearly one in 10 Canadians suffer from PTSD and veterans are particularly vulnerable.

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