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Medical Experts Attest on the Benefits of Marijuana to PTSD Patients in Oregon

Medical practitioners were among those who testified during the Thursday hearing for a proposed measure that would allow the prescription of marijuana for Oregonians with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Along with a crowd of medical marijuana supporters, doctors and medical experts from across the West and across the country testified on behalf of the bill that would expand the use of marijuana to include prescriptions for PTSD. No one testified against the bill, which is sponsored Sen. Brian Boquist (R-McMinnville), according to The Lund Report.

Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a retired psychiatrist from Harvard Medical School and author of Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine, said he first heard of marijuana’s therapeutic effects on combat veterans from those returning from Vietnam.

“It’s not only very useful for people with PTSD, and it’s much cheaper and more effective than anything the pharmaceutical company has to offer,” said Grinspoon, who spoke by telephone from Boston. “I think it is a big mistake to deprive people suffering from this problem of this medicine.”

Bryan Krumm, a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Sage Neuroscience Center in Albuquerque, said marijuana is more effective than antidepressant drugs like Paxil and Zoloft in treating patients with PTSD, because the drug works by targeting endocannibinoidal receptors which appear in multiple areas of the brain.

Krumm went on to say that he’s so far seen 1,000 PTSD patients who were prescribed marijuana.

Oregon allows marijuana prescription for cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, severe nausea, severe pain and back spasms — but not post-traumatic stress disorder.

If the bill passes the Health Committee it will need to go through the Judiciary Committee before a vote in the full House, the article notes.

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