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420 with CNW — How Frontline Workers and Veterans Are Using Marijuana to Combat Depression and PTSD

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In his 27 years with the RCMP, Steve Gloade never imagined that his retirement would involve utilizing marijuana to heal. Gloade is one of the veteran ambassadors for CannaConnect, a business that promotes the use of cannabis to treat PTSD in frontline workers and veterans, as well as diseases including depression and arthritis.

“As a law enforcement officer, we can tell you how much marijuana is worth on the street and the potential sentence and fine you’ll get,” Gloade said. “But I would never have remotely imagined the health advantages it could offer me.”

Gloade stated that he wasn’t at ease going into a store selling recreational marijuana and asking for assistance, but he did so when he thought he had no other choice. Veterans in Canada are increasingly looking for medicinal marijuana after a 2008 court ruling ordered the government to grant reasonable access to the substance when prescribed by a doctor.

Gloade states that clientele has grown into a community, but they occasionally receive veterans who aren’t clients but are simply looking for a secure environment. Veterans received a record amount of reimbursement from the federal government for medical cannabis last year. New requests for greater research into cannabis’ medical advantages have been made in response to the growing demand, which some experts and supporters claim is still lacking.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada and Health Canada have both issued warnings regarding the possible harm that cannabis usage may cause for those who have mental-health disorders, notably post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, it has sparked debate around the use of marijuana by veterans as a coping mechanism for psychological trauma and the need for increased funding for peer and counseling assistance.

Zachary Walsh, one of the leading experts on cannabis’ potential as a PTSD treatment, claimed to have heard numerous accounts of veterans and RCMP utilizing the drug to alleviate their symptoms. A professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a member of the B.C. Center on Substance Use, Walsh said that while research hasn’t progressed as far as researchers might have anticipated, it is generally agreed that cannabis helps to ease symptoms but does not cure them.

This medical use of marijuana may be what is propelling enterprises such as IGC Pharma Inc. (NYSE American: IGC) to take matters a step further and develop formulations that meet regulatory approval so that patients can access these safe treatments through the conventional hospital system.

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