A former police officer knows first-hand the benefits of cannabis in treating PTSD

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The retired cop is proof that cannabis can provide significant health advantages

PTSD, short for post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that is triggered by witnessing or experiencing a frightening event. PTSD can cause symptoms such as flashbacks to traumatic experiences, nightmares, and severe anxiety, all of which can have a huge impact on your quality of life. One former police officer was leading a stressful life thanks to this condition, but after he found medical cannabis, he was able to return to a stable mental state. Now he wants to educate others in the force to start looking at this treatment with different eyes.

Craig, who is a retired police officer has found a better quality of life since he started supplementing his routine with medical cannabis. He now seeks to help improve the understanding and awareness of medical marijuana among the UK police.

For about two years, the 53-year-old has been carrying a cannabis-based prescription, which has been essential in turning his life around since he was diagnosed with PTSD more than a decade ago. “A retired cop on cannabis – that’s a great story,” jokes Craig, who is the father of children ages 9 and 12. “Since I’ve been prescribed it, I wake up in the morning and feel normal. I still feel anxious about going out and I still have bad moments, but it’s nothing compared to how it was back then.”

Craig used to work in the computer forensics unit, where he spent most of his days tracking down online sex offenders. During that role, Craig began using cannabis as a coping mechanism.

While it might be considered a quiet environment in the Scottish Highlands, at one point, his team was working on a large number of cases linked to one of the world’s largest child abuse websites. Craig says he has seen some of the most horrific images he has ever seen in his life.

This made his PTSD worse, but now medical marijuana undoubtedly became a savior. In fact, Craig is now open about his prescription with friends and family and recently joined PLEA (Patient-Led Engagement for Access) to raise awareness about the legality of medical cannabis.