Marijuana might just be the next new thing for treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), more popularly known for cracking down on drugs users and abusers, formally approved a randomized controlled trial of whole plant medicinal marijuana for treatment of PTSD in US war veterans. The drug trial, the first of its kind, was approved last month.
The clinical trial is sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and will document the effects of smoked marijuana on a group of war veterans who have been diagnosed with chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD.
With the blessing of the DEA, all other stakeholder agencies have approved the clinical trial, including the US Food and Drug Administration, the US Public Health Service, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). MAPS, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to study and promote alternative medicine, has said that the
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