Feds finally roll over for a study of cannabis as PTSD treatment

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The U.S. government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for military 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…

Which serves to reinforce the fact that it doesn’t matter whether we have a conservative or liberal government in Washington, DC. Both are constituted of cowards who fear science almost as much as they fear the ignorance of voters who assure their power and petty lordships. They follow, ignoring every opportunity to lead.

Political times change and that’s what changes policies and protocols. The brave men and women who rejected the jive War on Drugs and fought for real change for decades have moved the public far enough to allow opportunist politicians to join the struggle for a sane drugs policy. Or at least put their pedicured toes into the water.

While more than 1 million Americans 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.

Most politicians know better. Most bureaucrats know better. The folks who deserve the credit for this tiny advance are the doctors and stoners, scientists and honest advocates who built a successful political movement strong enough to overcome the two gangs of political hacks we are allowed to vote for.

8 thoughts on “Feds finally roll over for a study of cannabis as PTSD treatment

  1. DD214 says:

    As many as 80,000 veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress and received Other Than Honorable discharges can use evidence of their PTSD to petition service boards to upgrade the bad paper discharge. http://www.stripes.com/news/us/as-many-as-80-000-veterans-with-ptsd-could-gain-discharge-upgrades-1.303738 At stake for individuals is removal of lifelong stigmas that have scarred reputations, limited job prospects and blocked critical veteran benefits.

  2. Update says:

    (1/19/15): New study suggests “PTSD May Be Strengthened When Old Memories Travel New Pathways Through The Brain” http://www.medicaldaily.com/ptsd-may-be-strengthened-when-old-memories-travel-new-pathways-through-brain-318398 includes link to study. According to the researchers, “While our memories feel constant across time, the neural pathways supporting them actually change with time …uncovering new pathways for old memories could change scientists’ view of post-traumatic stress disorder, in which fearful events occur months or years prior to the onset of symptoms”

  3. Meanwhile says:

    “Under Oklahoma’s harsh marijuana prohibition laws, 100% disabled US Marine Corps veteran Kristoffer Lewandowski, who served three tours of duty overseas including stints in Iraq and Afghanistan, is reportedly facing up to life in prison for growing under an ounce of marijuana in his home in an effort to treat his PTSD and wean himself off of pharmaceutical drugs.” http://truthinmedia.com/exclusive-war-veteran-with-ptsd-faces-life-in-prison-for-pot-his-wife-calls-for-help/

  4. Mike23 says:

    “Unwanted, intrusive visual memories are a core feature of stress- and trauma-related clinical disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they can also crop up in everyday life. New research shows that even once intrusive memories have been laid down, playing a visually-demanding computer game after reactivating the memories may reduce their occurrence over time. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.” http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-07/afps-ioo070115.php

  5. MiloŇ° says:

    Colorado board votes no on allowing medical marijuana for PTSD – declines to become 10th state to to include condition in medical marijuana program http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28487952/colorado-board-votes-no-allowing-medical-pot-ptsd?source=top_stories_bar Dr. Larry Wolk, director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, had recommended the Colorado Board of Health add post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, to the list of medical conditions for which medical marijuana could be prescribed, but at a meeting on Wednesday, the board voted 6-2 against doing so.

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