Veterans can now apply to participate in a study researching the benefits of using medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study will be conducted in two locations – Phoenix and Baltimore – and requires participants to smoke approximately two joints per day.
The study is estimated to cost $2.2 million, as reported by Military Times, which was funded by Colorado. The two locations for the study will be at the Scottsdale Research Institute in Phoenix and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Between the two locations, 76 veterans are required. The study will be conducted over a period of 12 weeks with staggered starting dates in groups of 4.
Dr. Sisley, lead researcher, said, “We’re not arguing that cannabis is a cure, but our hypothesis is that it will at least reduce the symptoms.”
Sisley has already received inquiries from more than 100 veterans interested in participating in her study. Veterans already using medical marijuana can also apply but must test free of marijuana two weeks before the study begins.
“If they’ve already found it’s beneficial to them, it wouldn’t be ideal for them to just stop. That could be pretty brutal for them,” said Sisley.
For those that are unfamiliar with medical marijuana, the study will teach them how to use marijuana, the holding technique known as the Fulton Puff Procedure, and will get to experience four different types of medical marijuana. Logs and notes regarding use will be recorded on a provided iPad.
One requirement is that the veteran has a disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs with a combat-related PTSD diagnosis. Ideal candidates will also be in good health with no additional major medical issues. Traumatic brain injury veterans will be considered.
Veterans interested in participating in the Phoenix study, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org