Many soldiers who are injured on the battlefield die from uncontrolled bleeding before ever reaching a surgical hospital.
In some cases, there’s not much medics can do—a tourniquet won’t stop bleeding from a chest wound, and clotting treatments that require refrigerated or frozen blood products aren’t always available in the field.
As more states legalize treatment, scientists are learning how the plant’s chemicals may help conditions ranging from brain injuries to cancer
Edward Maa did not plan to become a marijuana researcher. But a few years ago, when the neurologist and epilepsy specialist surveyed his patients about their use of alternative medicines, he discovered that more than a third had turned to marijuana to try to control their seizures. “I had no idea,” says Maa, who is chief of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Denver Health.