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Does cannabis use help reduce effects of PTSD? (Dr. M-J Milloy, BCCSU)

Dr. M-J Milloy (Photo Credit: UBC News)
Dr. M-J Milloy (Photo Credit: UBC News)

Researchers from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver say that cannabis use can help reduce incidents of depression and suicidal thoughts among people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Using data from Statistics Canada’s 2012 Community Health Survey – Mental Health, the researchers found that cannabis non-users with PTSD were about seven times more likely to have experienced a major depressive episode compared to those who use the drug.

“We’re only just beginning to understand what the therapeutic potential of cannabis may be for a variety of health conditions,” says senior author M-J Milloy, canopy growth professor of cannabis science at UBC and a research scientist at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Abuse.

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