The Obama Administration has approved a study by the University of Arizona to decide whether or not marijuana can treat post-traumatic stress disorder for our country’s veterans. This is a massive leap forward, as similar proposals have been denied in the past.
There are roughly 1 million Americans using medical marijuana in the United States, but it has still proven difficult for scientists to gain approval for these types of studies due to the difficult application process. Although the approval by the administration is a great start, the study will still have to get the “okay” from the Drug Enforcement Administration before they are able to move forward.
These scientists are hoping that through studies, like the one in Arizona, they will be able to better understand how and why marijuana provides relief to so many, which could in turn lead to regulation by the FDA for a prescription drug.
As it stands now, marijuana is still classified as a schedule 1 drug. Which means that according to the FDA, marijuana contains no medicinal value whatsoever. If marijuana was to be reclassified, scientists believe that these studies would become more common and these medicinal properties would be too beneficial to continue to be ignored.