Following on the heels of the U.S. Memorial Holiday, we discovered an interesting trend with regards to medical marijuana and United States veterans.
U.S. veterans are looking to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for answers about using medical marijuana to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), according to our analysis of the VA’s website data for the last two years.
Thousands of searches that included the words ‘marijuana’ together with ‘PTSD’ were made on the agency’s VA.gov website between May 2013 and April 2015. This suggests that many veterans who have been diagnosed with, or think that they are suffering from PTSD are seeking answers from the U.S. federal government about lawfully using the drug to treat their medical condition.
Given the large number of American G.I.’s who returned from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades, these inquiries are likely to continue rising.