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Arizona May Soon Add PTSD As Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition


ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaCourtesy of The Joint Blog

The Arizona Department of Health Services has scheduled a public hearing to discuss a petition which would make Arizona the 6th state in the nation to add PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) as a qualifying condition for an individual to become a medical cannabis patient. Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and Delaware are the other five.

The petition was filed by the Greene Consulting Groupin conjunction with the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association. The public hearing, which will hopefully lead to a vote on the issue, will be held Tuesday, October 29th in Phoenix. The meeting will take place at the Department of Health Services building (250 North 17th Avenue, Phoenix).

People can also submit written testimony through the Department of Health Services website, with October 29th being the deadline.

The filed petition – which includes scientific evidence on the benefits of cannabis for PTSD – can be found by clicking here.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com


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  1. Thanks for the info. It’s hard to believe that scientists can attribute such human-like qualities to mice, such as “the ability to progressively forget fear and pain associations over time.” It would seem like time would be something that mice don’t even think or worry about (not that I know what mice think about).

    I understand the ability to forget pain associations, like women who have babies and forget how much pain was actually involved (suckers!). And people who are more able to recover from grief seem to have a strong cannabinoid system. So you’re saying that pain, paranoia, and anxiety, all these things are specifically working on the same parts of the brain. Have I got that right?

  2. A "Professional" on

    According to a study done on the CB1 and CB2 receptors, mice that were genetically engineered to lack these receptors lacked fear extinction, or the ability to progressively forget fear and pain associations over time. It is an improperly resolved fear extinction that leads to the mental “loop” responsible for PTSD, where a patient relives past traumas, strengthening such associations. It is reasonable then to assume that Cannabis, acting on these receptors, can help to stimulate the healing process and cause permanent recovery in PTSD patients without the need for future medication. While it must be understood this is not an 100% effective solution and the same parts of the brain are also responsible for the paranoia induced by some sativa strains, medications that enhance the body’s natural cannibanoids are currently undergoing human trials and at this point the most effective proven treatment of PTSD is a high CBD Indica, who’s anti anxiety effects help facilitate the effectiveness of THC on fear extinction.

  3. Will these Arizona officials only accept research done within the U.S.? Cuz I think the bulk of the cannabis research has been done internationally (correct me if I’m wrong).

  4. Dave K, Phoenix, AZ on

    Arizona officials have resisted the voter initiative to legalize marijuana for medical use here since the act was passed. It is clear to many here that marijuana is an effective treatment for PTSD as many people saw how it benefited veterans who returned from the Vietnam war, long ago. The state of Arizona continues to require a “gold standard” for research that would make the FDA, DEA, and NIDA proud. Had the voters wanted to use that kind of standard with this act they would not have approved medical marijuana in Arizona. When the state turns down the request by saying that just not enough evidence has been presented they will just add fuel to the movement in Arizona to legalize marijuana and to regulate it like alcohol.

  5. PTSD is treatable and manageable with cannabis. I can’t think of any medication that has helped more PTSD patients.

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