DEA gives OK to PTSD medical cannabis trials

Never say never.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has, at long last, approved a scientific study in which military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will be treated with medical marijuana, potentially expanding the market for MMJ businesses.

It’s the first such study of its kind. Moreover, more states could add PTSD to their list of approved conditions for medical cannabis if the study shows that MMJ can be an effective treatment for the ailment.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a nonprofit research organization in California, has been trying to win the DEA’s permission to begin the scientific studies for years. The trials could now begin by late May, Dr. Sue Sisley, a researcher with the organization, said in an email.

The study will involve 76 veterans, and aim to test the “safety and efficacy” of several different MMJ strains on PTSD, according to a press release from MAPS. The trials will take place in Phoenix and at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Blood analysis will be performed at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Sisley, as the Phoenix New Times has reported over the years, was fired from the University of Arizona in 2014 after advocating for the study. But she persisted in her pursuit of clinical MMJ trials.

She and MAPS eventually were able to convince the state of Colorado to pony up $2.1 million to help pay for the study. And the DEA’s permission was the last piece of the puzzle, because the trials need the go-ahead to obtain legal MMJ from the University of Mississippi, where the National Institute on Drug Abuse grows it.

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8 comments on “DEA gives OK to PTSD medical cannabis trials
  1. B Rad on

    The DEA should be eliminated. They are going to ask taxpayers to cough up another 2 million dollars to fund a study we already have data on? It works nuff said. Marijuana prohibition now costs state and federal taxpayers as much as $20 billion a year. THAT is INSANE. Why do Americans put up with this?

  2. David Snow on

    A step in the right direction however the rag weed grown on the government field will not have nearly the effects of the highly evolved cannabis grown in legal states by the private sector. Knowing this, and how the effects of these highly developed strains efficacy works for particular illnesses, one wonders how the outcomes will affect the results.

  3. David A. Dawson on

    It’s unbelievable how many PTSD sufferers come to me asking me to help them get certified in the State of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health approved the condition twice and the Governor rejected it both times along with every other possible condition. He obviously feels we elected him for his medical expertise.

  4. dale parks on

    The study on PTSD should be given growing cannabis also to do a proper study on cannabis healing! We all know this DEA is just a corrupt money grab to help profit for prisons law enforcement unions guards and other associates to back big pharma and others who do not care what the citizens wants and we must stop their corrupt action on our demands!

  5. Peter on

    The DEA?!? Approved a “cannabis scientific study?” RE: The effect of cannabis on U.S. military vets?!? Excuse me?? The DEA is a law enforcement agency. How is it that federal cops have anything to say about approving a scientific study as it relates the public health of its citizens; esp one of the historically most abused and neglected and under-appreciated segments of our population: militiary vets? It’s ( the DEA’s ) priorities have long been known to be misplaced/self-interested as it relates a continued funding for it’s largely useless and wasteful use of the taxpayer dollar. The DEA has never demonstrated ANY support for MMJ. Ever. What makes anyone think that they’ve suddenly “flipped” on this matter? The results of the study ( if properly conducted ) could potentially undermine half of their b.s. gravy train funding. What makes one think that this study is going to produce anything significantly different from what the DEA wants to convince itself of; other than results that will likely substantiate a justification of their continued prosecution of this failed part of the drug war? The point is, the DEA really has no say on this kind of matter. It’s not their place. Their involvement is ridiculous. It’s the fox guarding the hen house. The manner in which the study is framed clearly makes this concern a public health issue. Not a law enforcement one. It never was. So, getting “their ( DEA’s ) permission” might be just a continuation of more of the same: More foot dragging all the while maintaining the status quo. The NIH ( National Institutes of Health ); The U.S. Public Health Service ( U.S.P.H ) and The U.S. Surgeon Generals’ Office; among others should be orchestrating/leading this charge. Again, it’s ( cannabis ) not a criminal issue ( and it never really was..). It’s a lot more of a public health issue. One has to ask: Where has all of the DEA’s energy/focus been when it comes to tobacco products ( I know…it’s not scheduled…But, it’s effects and to a lesser degree, that of alcohol, and other’s; have long shown to be that of the equivalent of what the def of shed 1 means..but never cannabis )?? It’s because the DEA is more of a “political” arm of the federal govt. but possessing law enforcement powers to largely ( historically ) promote and protect the interests of the entities that ARE largely causing most of the public’s health harm, at the total expense of the U.S. citizen. Who doesn’t see this?

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