Volunteers Wanted: PTSD Cannabis Study Seeking US Military Veterans

Volunteers Wanted: PTSD Cannabis Study Seeking US Military Veterans

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Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Scottsdale Research Institute are looking for U.S. military veterans in Maryland and Arizona to participate in a study examining the effects of medical cannabis in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to the Military Times, a total of 76 volunteers will be tested over a period of 12 weeks in which they will be asked to smoke 1.8 grams of cannabis per day, equaling approximately two joints.

“We’re not arguing that cannabis is a cure, but our hypothesis is that it will at least reduce the symptoms,” said Dr. Sue Sisley, organizer of the study.

Split into multiple groups, volunteers will be given cannabis of varying composition. One group will smoke cannabis that is high in CBD but low in THC, while another group will be given cannabis that is high in THC but low in CBD.

A third group will be given an equal ration of CBD and THC, and the fourth and final group will be given a placebo.

Veterans in Arizona interested participating in the study are encouraged to send their contact information to arizona@marijuanasites.org. Veterans in the Baltimore area can call (410) 550-0050 to register.

On Dec. 17, 2014, the Colorado Board of Health awarded the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies a grant to fund this study.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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