Friday March 18, 2016

Why are so many Canadian veterans turning to pot?

Air Force Amy Rising grinds up medical marijuana before smoking.

Air Force Amy Rising grinds up medical marijuana before smoking. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Veterans advocate Michael Blais and psychiatrist Dr. Sue Sisley speak with guest host Laura Lynch about Veterans Affairs minister Kent Hehr's promise to conduct an internal review into the recent spike of veterans using government-funded, medically prescribed marijuana.

Blais says that he has personally experienced the benefits of marijuana as treatment for his "mental wounds", while once-skeptic Dr. Sisley is coming around to the idea that marijuana could be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and hopes to conduct large-scale research project on the issue. 

Meanwhile, the military says there's not enough proof to authorize marijuana as a treatment for PTSD

Medicinal Marijuana Payments

Medicinal marijuana payments from Veterans Affairs has risen sharply over the past two years (Redmond Shannon/CBC)