Cannabis, which in a healing context is often referred to as “medical marijuana,” can be smoked or orally ingested as an edible, a spray, or in oil form. Its medicinal effects are wide-ranging, among them relief from nausea, pain, and seizures, as well as an increased ability to relax, sleep, and to eat.

The Experts

Suzanne “Sue” Sisley, MD
President Scottsdale Research Institute
Principal Investigator MAPS Medical Marijuana Research
Scottsdale, Arizona

The Videos

Can the use of cannabis be fatal? Sue Sisley, MD, explains how unless it’s used with other drugs, the answer is ‘no.’

Can cannabis help curb the opioid epidemic? Sue Sisley, MD, says yes.

Could cannabis be used as an intervention therapy for complex PTSD? Sue Sisley, MD, explains how.

How does the VA policy in the U.S. compare to policies in other countries? Sue Sisley, MD, looks at Israel and Canada as examples.

How toxic is cannabis?
Sue Sisley, MD, offers a medical explanation on how cannabis cannot, by itself, be fatal.

Why do some veterans feel betrayed and misled by the VA and DEA?
Sue Sisley, MD, describes how strong biases towards pharmaceuticals dominate approaches to PTSD and pain management.

“Instead of having anxiety or depression, [cannabis] turns you into a euphoric state of mind where you’re understanding, oh yeah, life is good.” –James Sclar, Marine Corps veteran.

Navy Veteran Kimberly Minton on how cannabis helps with depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness.

“[Cannabis] released my body—and my whole soul, I felt like—to just be in society, adapting to society, a lot easier.” –Joseph Cardoza, Afghan War veteran.

“[Pharmaceuticals] really mess you up.” –Iraq War Veteran and medical cannabis user Jake Scallion.

“I would much rather use medical cannabis over pharmaceuticals any day.” –Tom Evans, Afghanistan War veteran.