Medical marijuana is being sought by more veterans returning from war zones. For decades, prescription medications were seen as the only viable solution for those who had been traumatized by war. The results have been less than ideal. Twenty two military veterans commit suicide every day, according to a study released by the Veteran’s Administration in Washington D.C.
Diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), most veterans are placed on a pharmaceutical cocktail which leaves many of them feeling like zombies. The “zombie effect,” or inability to feel anything emotionally while on the prescribed medications, is a side effect reported by many veterans. Encouraged by relaxing attitudes toward marijuana use, as well as an increasing desire to aid returning veterans, people are working to ease the transition to daily life for former military members.