That definition meant plenty of frustration, and the change will hopefully make it easier for those who are seeking medical cannabis to get access to it. Keith Mullan, a former Navy officer, told the CBC it took three months — and a lot of paperwork — to get his prescription refilled earlier this year. Veterans are one of the populations that often use medical marijuana to deal with past injuries — Veterans Affairs Canada paid out $5.2 million for marijuana prescriptions for former soldiers in 2014-2015, according to the CBC.
“One of the biggest areas of discovery has been PTSD and the nightmares associated with that,” Ware says. “What happens with patients is that they’ve been exposed to some form of trauma, and your brain normally has a way of extinguishing that trauma. For example, somebody who has given birth has experienced a painful, major life event, and you have memories of that pain and discomfort, but the brain has a way of extinguishing it. We have the ability to forget something that was painful because it enables us to do it again.
“Someone with PTSD doesn’t have that ability to extinguish that memory so it keeps coming back — they get flashbacks or nightmares when they’re sleeping so they relive it again. This is an area where the endocannabinoid system has been shown to be important in extinguishing those memories. If that system is not working properly, you have those consistent memories
Cannabinoids can help extinguish those memories in that specific area of the brain.”