Soldiers with the U.S. Army march in the annual Veteran's Day Parade along Fifth Avenue on November 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • About 7–8 percent of the nation's population will have PTSD at some point in their lifetime.
  • Military veterans nationwide want those diagnosed with PTSD to be able to get a VA doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana.
  • Experts say that more studies are needed to prop up the claims that marijuana effectively treats PTSD

PTSD develops after a person experiences, or is a witness to, a life-threatening or traumatic event — a natural disaster, for example — or is exposed to combat, or sexual or physical abuse. Symptoms can include and range from anxiety, insomnia and hypervigilance, to struggling with disturbing memories, or managing emotions and behaviors.

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