CannabisNewsBreaks – Use of Cannabis in PTSD Treatment of Navy Seals Discussed by Leading Psychologist

Harvard-trained forensic psychologist Dr. Kara Coe has released an update discussing her innovative use of cannabis as she works Navy SEALs dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”). Coe has established a reputation for being one of the most successful interrogators in military history, and her well-respected PTSD treatment practice is located in Virginia Beach, home to the largest military bases in the world. According to the announcement, Coe treats almost 30 active-duty SEALs in weekly, no-cost group therapy meetings. She is known for using cannabis in her treatment efforts that, while unorthodox, have produced life-changing results. Coe points to significant empirical evidence that suggests marijuana is a safe and efficacious treatment for many symptoms of anxiety and depression and even cancer. She uses the substance during her practice, often inviting patients to enjoy a gummy before therapy to be used in conjunction with group or exposure treatments. “Anxiety disorders are easiest for me to address when the stressor is present,” said forensic psychologist Dr. Kara Coe in the press release. “It provides the most accurate functional analysis and allows me to experience the patient’s symptoms firsthand.”

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About Dr. Kara Coe

Born and raised on the East Coast, Dr. Kara Coe knew early she wanted to help people. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology and completed residency, fellowship and postdoctoral training through a program at Harvard University. She has done work with forensic and military populations and has published a wide range of empirical literature, including articles related to parasuicidal behavior, psychopathy, interrogation, delinquency and transgendered patients. Coe is finishing a memoir depicting the internal struggle of soldiers she treated while working for the U.S. Army and NSA. She was licensed to practice in Washington, DC, and Virginia, and works with government agencies consulting on matters of national security. She recently gave up her licensure to provide free and confidential PTSD therapy to Navy SEALs. Her methods are believed to be unconventional but highly effective. In 2021, while helping to pass cannabis legislation in Virginia, Coe opened Queens Green Apothecary, an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed smoke shop, and Cannabar, a luxury smoking lounge. Coe also is involved with other CBD/THC products, including InkWell MetaFarm, products developed to heal burns and tattoos; equine hemp bedding; and a new line of ready-to-drinks (“RTDs”) that should be on shelves this fall.

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