One of them is 35-year-old Chris Hillier, who finds medical marijuana more effective than the various anti-anxiety medications that he was initially prescribed.
Hillier grows his own marijuana, which his wife bakes into cookies, and believes medical marijuana could help many others as well.
“The health and quality of life of our men and women in a uniform could be really improved.”
Meanwhile, the Canadian Forces has specifically prohibited its doctors from granting soldiers access to medical marijuana for any condition since 2007. The directive, obtained by the Ottawa Citizen under the Access to Information Act, reads:
A spokesperson for the Canadian Forces Health Service confirmed the mandate to the Ottawa Citizen, explaining that the Canadian Forces only considers something a medicine after it has been “thoroughly tested in multiple trials,” adding that there is “insufficient evidence for the safety and efficacy of medical use of marijuana.”
Despite anecdotal and pre-clinical evidence of its benefit, clinical trials on medical marijuana for PTSD have lagged in Canada and other countries around the world, making most doctors wary of prescribing the medicine.
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