A recent study by the BC Substance Use Center and UBC found that people with PTSD who do not use marijuana were more likely to have suicidal thoughts and to suffer from depression than those who smoked marijuana.

Mary Lu Spagrud of the Prince George Canadian Mental Health Association said her response to the study was twofold.

"I am always excited to see new possible therapies and treatments. I mean, historically we know that marijuana has some amazing medical goals and functions, but I'm careful, as it's a more recent study, we don't know everything yet and it's about informed young people." . ”

“We know that if you have a vulnerability in the brain, it could lead to the possible development of psychotic diseases, such as schizophrenia. In fact, if you have this vulnerability and your brain is not fully developed, there are three and a half times more likely to develop it. "

When asked why some people may be using marijuana instead of more traditional medicines, Spagrud provided that answer.

“Certain medications have a higher rate of dependence. We know that when we look at opioids or any such drug, there is an extremely high risk of addiction than a drug like cannabis. "

"We are beginning to really recognize a more holistic approach to treatment and now we know we need more than just this medical model of healing and years of medication. I think more and more people are for spiritual and cultural practices, they are looking to heal. the whole individual. "

She recommends that anyone considering using marijuana, especially younger people
You should make an appointment with a doctor or pharmacist before using it.