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Opposition to the Use of Cannabis for PTSD

Approved by the Joint Reference Committee, February 2019

  • 2019

Resource Document on APA Opposition to the Use of Cannabis for PTSD

Approved by the Joint Reference Committee, February 2019

The use of cannabis for medical indications has received considerable attention as several states have moved to legalize cannabis for various purposes. A growing number of patients cite post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as the reason for seeking cannabis for medical purposes in states where it is legal.1 Furthermore, approximately 15% of Veterans who are treated in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient PTSD clinics report recent (past 6 months) cannabis use.2 This position statement was developed through review of the evidence to date and to establish the APA's consensus on the matter.

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