First Clinical Trial Of Cannabis For PTSD in Veterans Is Now Complete

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After a decade of working on the first FDA-approved trial examining the effects of THC and CBD on the symptoms of PTSD in war veterans, a team of researchers has declared their clinical trial complete. The process, however, was not simple.

“We are proud to have persevered through these regulatory hurdles independently of hospitals, universities, or the VA system,” commented site principal investigator Dr. Sue Sisley in a press release.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) received approval from the U.S. Public Health Service to start the study back in 2014. Research began in January 2017 at Phoenix, Arizona’s Scottsdale Research Institute, and was slated to also take place at Johns Hopkins University, until the school dropped out of the experiment in March 2017.

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Cannabis for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Neurobiological Approach to Treatment

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The endocannabinoid system is intricately involved in regulation of the neurobiological processes, which underlie the symptomatology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This article discusses the neurobiological underpinnings of PTSD and the use of cannabis for treating PTSD in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.1

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CARERS Act of 2019 — An In-Depth Look at this Long Overdue Legislation

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The first piece of cannabis reform legislation introduced in the 116th Congress is H.R.127– Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2019. Sponsored by Cannabis Caucus Chair Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), this year marks the third time that the CARERS Act has been filed since its first introduction in 2015. The bill includes several provisions: it protects cannabis patients and businesses in compliance with their state laws from federal prosecution; excludes cannabidiol (CBD) from the federal definition of ‘marijuana’; compels the Attorney General and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to license additional medical cannabis cultivators and researchers; and authorizes doctors in the Department of Veterans Affairs to recommend medical cannabis to veteran patients in-line with respective state law.

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