My next door neighbor, who is in the Marines, recently returned home after two tours overseas. We all missed him terribly and are so glad that he is home safe and sound. At least that’s what we thought. Little did we know that even though he did not have any physical injuries, he has been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He told me yesterday that he has an appointment today at a Marlton medical marijuana clinic. I was a little shocked but who am I to judge? He seems very optimistic that they will be able to help him since medical cannabis has helped others with PTSD.
We all knew something wasn’t right about him after he returned home. He was a bit withdrawn from friends and family and always seemed to be tired. We have since found out that he has not been sleeping well because of the nightmares he has of being in a war zone. I guess it all makes sense now that I think about it. I hope he gets the help he needs and is able to have somewhat of a normal life like he did before he was deployed.
He told us that PTSD is one of the medical conditions that has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health Services for the use of medical marijuana. He also said that they have to review his medical records and decide whether they will recommend him for this treatment based on the severity and complexity of his case. I certainly hope they recommend him because nothing else has helped him thus far. He is a hero in my eyes, as is anybody who is in the military, and deserves the absolute best treatment available out there. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for him and hope for the best.