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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Veterans PTSD Marijuana Treatment

Veterans of foreign wars often experience emotions that are frequently too hard for them to deal with; reincorporating back into everyday life is extremely difficult for those soldiers experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Doctors and scientists have tried a number of treatments for PTSD, but they more times than not have little effect on the patients. Now, researchers are starting to look to alternative methods which has prompted them to ask the federal government for permission to experiment with Marijuana on soldiers suffering from PTSD. The study would involve 50 combat veterans with PTSD, The New York Times reports.

A letter was sent out by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the researchers, from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in Santa Cruz, CA, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The FDA said it was satisfied that they had addressed safety concerns about the study. A scientific review panel from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must approve the study before it moves forward. The study must also be approved by an institutional review board and the Drug Enforcement Administration, researcher Rick Doblin said.

The researchers plan to use marijuana grown by the University of Mississippi, being the only marijuana allowed in federally approved studies.

New York Times

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