Science

New Research Says Cannabis Is Extremely Effective Against Depression And PTSD

Marijuana and the United States government have had a rocky relationship for the last 70 or so years, but now, it's becoming clear that cannabis can actually help the very people the government has damaged through endless warfare.

As many as 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans return home with Post-traumatic stress disorder, a debilitating disorder that makes even the most mundane daily tasks nearly impossible. Often, antidepressants are prescribed, as well as some other heavy medications.

Now, several Democrats in Congress want to change the law to allow veterans access to medical marijuana.

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D–Oregon) and Dana Rohrabacher (R–California) introduced the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would open up the VA system to prescribing medical marijuana. Currently, it is off the table.

"They can't discuss all the options available to them that they could discuss if they literally walked next door to a non-VA facility," Senator Steve Daines, R-Montana, told The Washington Post.

"I don't believe we should discriminate against veterans just because they are in the care of the VA."

Most marijuana studies don't look at usefulness, but rather, the harm they may do. But now, more studies are coming out that prove the effectiveness of marijuana on PTSD.

The most extensive research review ever done on the topic found that cannabis can be an effective treatment against depression, anxiety, PTSD, and even addictions to opiates and alcohol.

Canadian psychologists debated over 60 different published articles and studies, half of which explored the effects of medical marijuana. The others were focused on recreational use.

Due to the fact that cannabis research is so new, pulling data from all the available studies provided the best confirmation yet that cannabis can truly save lives.

"Conclusions: Cannabis is associated with reductions in PTSD symptoms in some patients," writes George Greer in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

"And prospective, placebo-controlled study is needed to determine efficacy of cannabis and its constituents in treating PTSD."

With any luck, soldiers in the near future will be able to access this life-saving drug.

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Relationships

These are the 5 signs of a fake friend

The world is comprised of a variety of people. Knowing how to spot these people is important. Unfortunately, many of us already know that some of these people aren't as genuine as others.

It can be hard when you find out that a friend, colleague, or even a family member is fake, especially when it comes to how they interact with you.

Luckily, there are signs that fake people inevitably display throughout their lives that can help you discern who around you is genuine, and who isn't.

Take a look at these five signs to figure out who in your life is being fake.

1. They Try Hard to Be Liked

Fake people try incredibly hard to be liked by the people around them because they're already aware of how fake they truly are.

This is one of the most obvious signs a fake person will display because they'll be working harder than most when it comes to interacting with others, or simply out in public.

You can always tell who your genuine friends are because they'll simply be themselves when around other people.

2. They Crave Attention

Fake people can be spotted because they have to be the center of attention. Not only do they work hard in order to be liked, but they also have to be in the spotlight more than necessary.

If you have someone in your life who can't let others take the spotlight, it may be a good indication that they aren't very genuine.

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3. They're Total Show Offs

We already know that fake people crave attention, but because of that, they also show off way more than they should.

Everyone can be a show off at times, but someone who shows off no matter what they're doing is probably fake.

Don't get confused if you have a friend who is naturally good at a number of things; people who are fake tend to advertise, but genuine people won't.

Being good at something doesn't make you a show off.

4. They Gossip All the Time

Gossiping is natural, and we've all let ourselves vent about someone else from time to time. However, fake people will gossip about a lot of people, all the time.

Fake people want to draw negative attention away from themselves because they can't have anyone knowing who they really are.

If you know someone who gossips more than most, say something to stop them and see how they react.

5. They Only Criticize

Another indication you're dealing with a fake person is that they're overly critical.

Fake people can't easily express praise or admiration for other people because they need to look great. If they praise someone else, then that's praise they don't have for themselves.

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