PTSD Marijuana Study Seeking Veteran Participants

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According the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Marijuana use is not helpful to those who suffer from PTSD.   But, that is finding is contrary to others studying the issue.

Researchers in Maryland and Arizona are searching for volunteers to participate in a new study which hopes to find that smoking “2 joints” a day will alleviate symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

“We’re not arguing that cannabis is a cure, but our hypothesis is that it will at least reduce the symptoms,” says physician and study organizer Dr. Sue Sisley.

The $2.2 million study, paid for by a grant from the state of Colorado to the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, will be conducted at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Sisley’s Scottsdale Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

76 volunteers will be tested over 12 weeks.  Over 100 veterans have applied to participate.

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Participants will be given up to 1.8 grams of marijuana to be smoked everyday in a specific way utilizing the ‘Fulton Puff Procedure’.     “They use only in response to PTSD symptoms, so they’re allowed to use anytime in the day or night,” Sisley said. “The veteran is empowered to use however they see fit as long as they don’t exceed the 1.8 grams per day.”

The volunteers will smoke from 4 different types of marijuana:

  1. High levels of THC  2.  High levels of CBD, or Cannabidiol, which studies suggest acts like an antidepressant  3.  An equal ratio of THC and CBD and 4. A placebo without significant levels of THC or CBD.

The participants will also wear a designed to track their quality of sleep as well as given an ipad to track their use and symptoms.

If the trials are successful, officials with the California-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS said they will seek federal approval from the U.S.Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe its use.

Those interested in taking part in Arizona can email their contact information to arizona@marijuanasites.org.  Those in the Baltimore area can call 410-550-0050 to register their interest in participating.

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