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Historic Shift In Federal Policy, Medical Marijuana Study Approved For PTSD


ptsd marijuana cannabisMarijuana reform supporters have long pointed out the need for more studies on the benefits of marijuana for those suffering from PTSD. There was some very significant news out of Washington D.C. today, as it appears that Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has been approved for a marijuana PTSD study. The approval is pending a separate approval by the DEA, which isn’t exactly a slam dunk, but I’m hopeful that enough troops and others suffering from PTSD will come out and share their stories and the DEA will be forced to do what’s right. See more below about the federal approval, and make sure to donate to MAPS to help them pay for this study:

On March 14, 2014, in an historic shift in federal policy, the U.S. Department of Health Services granted permission for MAPS to purchase research-grade marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for our planned study of marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in U.S. veterans. MAPS has been working for over 22 years to start marijuana drug development research, and this is the first time we’ve been granted permission to purchase marijuana from NIDA, the sole provider of marijuana for federally regulated research in the United States. It took over four and a half months for reviewers at the Public Health Service (PHS) to respond to our October 24, 2013, protocol resubmission. The study still requires final approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and we are optimistic they will approve the study in a timely manner. The study will also require funding support. “When it comes to researching the medical potential of Schedule I drugs,” said MAPS Founder Rick Doblin,”Privately funded medical marijuana drug development research has been the last domino to fall.” The tide has turned for medical marijuana research, and we look forward to starting the study. View the cover letter from HHS…

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  1. Research has been done. In 1999 the Dept. of Health and Human services funded research at the University of Washington. The neurologist findings shocked me. His research showed that cannabis slowed the progression and prevented neuronal cell death. To this date there is nothing on the face of the earth that does this. Here is the link to his study….by the way the same Dept. of Heath and Human services applied for and was granted a us patent based on the information from the research…..http://aacmsite.org/Portals/0/Carter%20Cannabis%20ALS%20Am%20J%20Hospice%20Pall%20Med%202001.pdf

    us patent #6630507

  2. That’s my biggest problem with this. The DEA has the final say in this entire project. Yet EVERY ONE of their jobs hinges on the fact that cannabis is KEPT illegal. I mean the head of the entire DEA, would NOT even admit that cannabis is less harmful than Cocaine, Heroin and Methamphetamines. So I don’t have a good feeling whether this study will actually end up being performed. But as usual, our Government’s more concerned with Symbolism over Substance!

  3. firetheliberals on

    Hopefully, the research into ptsd will finally convince the morons in our federal govt that anxiety and depression also are significantly relieved.

  4. Let’s make sure the plant stays the whole plant and not another picked apart CBD study. The value of the Whole is what has worked for years exactly how Mother Nature invented it.

  5. closet smoker on

    Hmmm… so the only monkey wrench that could be thrown in at this point is the DEA saying no, like they have always done in the past. Don’t hold your breath!!

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