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USA -- Every morning, former Air Force senior airman Amy Rising makes breakfast for her second-grader, drives him to school and returns home to prepare what she calls her medicine.

 

She suffers from severe anxiety after four years working in the frenetic global command center at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, coordinating bombings and other missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rising says she has found a treatment that helps her cope. But her local Veterans Affairs hospital does not provide it — because her medicine is a joint.

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Once someone has found true relief from anxiety using cannabis,  it is cruel to expect them to treat that condition with benzos or whatever else gets perscribed.

Anxiety is not a qualifying condition in Illinois (although PTSD is now covered after recent legislative action). 

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i get a kick out of the VA's logic,,, they'll give me morphine but drug screen me twice a year to make sure that i don't use MMJ,, in a state where's it's legal ..wtf..lol...i feel for the folks that can't get the help they need because of a closed mind.../bp

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Just stumbled upon this.  Might want to take a look.  It was published 5/2017 on the VA page. 

Marijuana use for medical conditions is an issue of growing concern. Some Veterans use marijuana to relieve symptoms of PTSD and several states specifically approve the use of medical marijuana for PTSD. However, controlled studies have not been conducted to evaluate the safety or effectiveness of medical marijuana for PTSD. Thus, there is no evidence at this time that marijuana is an effective treatment for PTSD. In fact, research suggests that marijuana can be harmful to individuals with PTSD.

 Here is link to full info. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/co-occurring/marijuana_use_ptsd_veterans.asp

 

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