I agree 150% with +John Burik
, and would add this question: Why would anyone settle for symptom massaging when you can get actual treatment and thus remove the symptoms permanently? The idea of smoking pot the rest of one's life to relieve symptoms of PTSD just makes NO sense to me whatsoever.
I take issue with much of the article at the link:
* PTSD is NOT, repeat NOT, a physical injury. It is a type of disordered learning, for which, not to surprisingly, we can see some evidence in the brain.
* The article offers us a brain section comparison (from a scan of some sort, I presume), but tells us nothing about what it means or where it comes from. That's shoddy journalism, if we can call this journalism at all.
* PTSD is referred to as a "wound". In any normal sense of the word, this simply isn't true, and suggests that this writer is steeped in the myopic PTSD-culture which I've encountered so many times in connection with professionals and non-professionals in the military. They too often insist on promoting their own non-evidence-based ideas about PTSD, which often are at odds with the American Psychiatric Association as well as the preponderance of us who deal with the majority of PTSD in this country: civilian PTSD, predominantly in women. The military does not "own" PTSD, does not get to define it, nor stipulate for the larger world what is and is not well-validated treatments for it.
* The clear focus of this article is on finding a medication to "treat" PTSD. Again, this is popular idea in the military, but few speak of this elsewhere. Why? Because, once again, PTSD is a disorder of learning, pure a simple. A medication for THAT just makes no sense.
I'm ok with the notion that pot may
moderate PTSD symptoms. I'm absolutely NOT ok with the idea that pot is an alternative to getting it treated using the well-validated treatments we already have. (see:http://thetraumapsych.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/update-ptsd-asd-treatment-guidelines-updated/
Do you want morphine - only - for your broken leg, or would you like it set so it can heal and you can resume normal life? That the choice you have with PTSD. I know which option I'd take, in a New York Minute.