WASHINGTON: Andrew Collins no longer has a cocktail of 17 prescriptions coursing through his body.
The Army combat veteran stared death in the face while serving two tours of Iraq in the 2000s. He now battles post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his wartime experiences.
The Olympia veteran has tried medications, meditation and hypnosis while adapting to the stresses of life in the civilian world. But more than any other treatment, Collins says marijuana has helped him cope with the psychological trauma he carries around — trauma that at times has filled his head with aggression and suicidal thoughts.
“I smoke a joint and the thoughts are gone,” said Collins, 30.