Researchers at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in Santa Cruz, California, and Dr.Sue Sisley, an associate professor of psychiatry and internal medicine at the University of Arizon College of Medicine, are seeking funding for a clinical study of the possible benefits of marijuana for controlling the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Well, the “Psychedlic” part of the researchers’ name probably won’t help. Can you see the Palin or Bachmann tweats on this?
The researchers want to test the benefits of pot on 50 combat veterans who are not responding to conventional treatment. “These are people whom we put in harm’s way, and we have a moral obligation to help them,” siad Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of MAPS. Doblin provided a letter from the Food and Drug Administration to The New York Times, in which the FDA said it was satisfied that the researchers had dealt with their safety concerns, but noted that there were other factors impacting approval, such as how the pot would be acquired.
The New York Times interviewed a PTSD victim who preferred to remain anonymous because his home state doesn’t allow medical marijuana. He admitted to using pot instead of painkillers and antidepressants and said he knew of many others who did so. It makes sense, when you think about it, and if you know the effects of pot – how it makes people mellow and laid-back. About the only bad side effect is a weight gain from the munchies.
So, the FDA is concerned about where the researchers would get the pot, afraid about illegal acquisition? Really? Doesn’t the FDA know how easy it is to grow marijuana? All you need is a few clay pots, a big bag of soil, a few seeds, a grow light and a way to keep cats away from the plants. (Seriously about the cats – it’s funnier than watching them after a fistful of catnip.) Okay, so maybe getting the seeds would require a little contact with someone who broke the law. That’s depends on which state the offending seeds come from, wouldn’t it?
Concerns about where a researcher acquires the pot shouldn’t stand in the way of doing the research. There is too much anecdotal evidence of the benefits of pot in treating the effects of chemotherapy and in dealing with Alzheimers disease. Any research that breaks the dam on proving the benefits of marijuana needs to be done, and the overwhelming problem of PTSD caused by too many years in a guerilla war is a good place to begin.