Federal Government Signs Off On Study Using Marijuana To Treat Veterans PTSD

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    The federal government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major shift in U.S. policy.

    The Department of Health and Human Services' decision surprised marijuana advocates who have struggled for decades to secure federal approval for research into the drug's medical uses.

    The proposal from the University of Arizona was long ago cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, but researchers had been unable to purchase marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The agency's Mississippi research farm is the only federally-sanctioned source of the drug.

    In a letter last week, HHS cleared the purchase of medical marijuana by the studies' chief financial backer, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which supports medical research and legalization of marijuana and other drugs.

    "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 Boston-based group said in a statement. The federal government has never before approved medical research involving smoked or vaporized marijuana, according to MAPS.

    A spokesman for the group said organizers have called off a protest over the stalled study that was planned for later this year.

    While more than 1 million Americans currently take medical marijuana - usually for chronic pain - rigorous medical research into the drug's effects has been limited, in part due to federal restrictions.

    Marijuana remains a Schedule I substance under the federal government's Controlled Substance Act. That means the drug is considered a high-risk for abuse with no accepted medical applications.

    In the past NIDA has focused its research on the risks of drug abuse and addiction, turning away researchers interested in studying the potential benefits of illegal substances.

    Even with the latest green light from the Health and Human Services department, MAPS and the University of Arizona Professor Suzanne Sisley must still get approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration, though they expect that clearance to come more quickly.

    Sisley's study will measure the effects of five different potencies of smoked or vaporized marijuana in treating symptoms of PTSD in 50 veterans.

    The Veterans Administration estimates between 11 and 20 percent of soldiers who served in the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars have PTSD, which can cause anxiety, flashbacks, depression and sleep deprivation. About 7.7 million American adults are estimated to have the disorder.

    Physicians have long speculated that marijuana could be used to calm parts of the brain linked to overstimulation and anxiety, though little formal research has been conducted.

    The American Medical Association has called for a change in marijuana's classification to make it easier for research to be conducted. The current classification prevents physicians from even prescribing it in states where medical use is permitted. Instead, they can only recommend it to patients who can then buy it through a government-approved dispensary in most states.

    Parents of children with epilepsy have petitioned lawmakers in several states to grant access to a strain of medical marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web," which contains low amounts of the drug's active ingredient, THC. Available in liquid form in Colorado, the strain is believed to be effective in controlling seizures in children, though the Institute of Medicine and the American Medical Association have said more research needs to be done

    Rather funny the only federally legal marijuana farm is in Mississippi. Isn't it a death penalty if caught with weed there.
  2. Perhaps we are looking at the beginning of lowering cannabis from a Schedule 1.  Good news either way, its about time they let people officially do scientific research on the plant.
  3. This is not the first time they allowed studies on organic marijuana as NORML reported when CMCR did a study using government weed and DEA/NIDA oversight on smoked marijuana treating MS,,study showed that smoked marijuana was providing relief from muscle spasms and twitching associated with MS,,,upon completion all that was ever reported was that the DRug Czar and DEA had issues with the research,,,no explanation was ever given,,TMK.
    Don't get excited until they take marijuana off Schedule 1,,,so far the Obama admin and DOJ are running this entire dog and pony show on "memos",,,and memos can be shredded tomorrow.
  4. Yeah I agree but I think we're right around the corner. The facts are out, members of congress are calling out the feds, the idea that cannabis has no medical benefits is a complete joke and they know it. That explains this, IMO
  5. #5 Galaxy420, Mar 18, 2014
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    the part about the high CBD working on seizures so it must work for ptsd is not accurate imo, you need some thc in that cbd for it to work properly just not to much thc because of possibly more anxiety. it is all about the correct strain for the correct results. there's so much they need to know while/before going into the research and there are 1000s of people already using cannabis for ptsd everyday so we know it works- sheeesh
  6. My Drs. at the local VA hospital have ceased to ask "do you/have you ever smoke(d) marijuana?" and instead now explain that since Maine allows weed for medicinal purposes the VA is totally cool with that so carry on. The shrinks I've talked to wish weed had been allowed for PTSD years ago...
  7. Much like they garnered support for war, or at least silenced the masses with "support the troops" initiatives; who could argue with helping the troops with pot that is devoid of pleasure? "Gotta support the troops."
  8.   I'm a sevice-connected disabled veteran and I live in North Carolina where not even medicinal marijuana is legal....sigh...and all these foreign mind doctors at the Fayetteville VA are sitting there telling me right to my face that I should not be taking this natural medicine which completely cures my depression/anxiety and I know this to be true cause I'm high and very happy as I write this.  
  9. #9 Botanical Lift, Mar 23, 2014
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    Same here man, I got torn up by an RPG and have since had seizures and crippling muscle spasms they can't explain/stop. Also after 4 years of OIF/OEF as an 11B apparently I'm a bit kooky...in KY/TX the VA was all "No Maryjewanna mmmkaaay??? take 500 pills and call us back when you're a fucking zombie" I just didn't say much about the fact that some sticky ass white widow was working far more effectively at controlling my spasms/seizures/insomnia which in turn has made me less crazy/irritable, than all the bullshit they had me on.  When I got back out to the west coast? Everyone was super cool about it....it's like living in a different country, get out of the south if you can. The quality of life you get when your medical needs are being met sportively instead of denied by someone else's twisted concept of pill popping morality is priceless. 
  10. #10 ocsurfer, Mar 24, 2014
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