By a vote of 36 to 21, Oregon’s full Senate has approved Senate Bill 281 to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that qualifies someone to become a medical marijuana patient. The state’s House approved the measure recently with a 19 to 11 vote, meaning the measure will now head to the governor for final approval. If signed into law – as it’s expected to be – Oregon would join Delaware, Connecticut and New Mexico as states that allows PTSD as a qualifying condition for the medical use of marijuana.
The vote comes just a couple weeks after a study – conducted by the New York University School of Medicine – found that one of marijuana’s primary compounds may combat the symptoms of PTSD by bringing equilibrium in the prison’s CB1 receptors. Other research has indicated that cannabis can be helpful in treating PTSD, and may even help prevent it, if administered quickly after a traumatic experience.