If you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in New York, now you can have medical marijuana as treatment. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo signs off on medical marijuana use for PTSD to honor Veterans Day.
The bill goes into effect immediately. PTSD is being added to the list of qualifying conditions of marijuana use, though they need to be approved by a doctor.
New York becomes the 28th state to allow people with PTSD to access medical marijuana.
Nearly 20,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana.
"Many of our veterans are suffering from PTSD and the medical community has determined that marijuana can be a helpful treatment," Cuomo said. "It's something that we've been talking about for a long time and I'm glad we're taking action today."
He also approved measures to waive fees for veterans who were honorably discharged.
Medical marijuana has numerous brands, and because the compounding ratio of contained cannabinoids is varied, their efficacy and pharmacological action are different, and therefore they are prescribed for many different symptoms. In the United States, it is prescribed for low back pain, wasting syndrome, chronic pain, appetite stimulation of end-stage AIDS patients, relief of nausea accompanying cancer chemotherapy, etc. In many cases, it is prescribed as dry marijuana, and people smoke it.