A pilot study aimed at examining the benefits of marijuana for veterans with treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been blocked by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The study would have been conducted by Dr. Sue Sisley of the University of Arizona at Phoenix and was sponsored by the non-profit research organization, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
In a statement, MAPS said hundreds of veterans in states (that have legalized medical marijuana) have reported benefits of using marijuana for controlling their post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. The large numbers of treatment-resistant veterans and growing number of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat-related trauma indicate the pressing need for research into additional treatments for PTSD.
The request of researchers to obtain licenses to grow marijuana was denied by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that claimed that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) can be the only one to supply marijuana for Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated research.