CPR interviews MAPS-sponsored researcher Dr. Sue Sisley about the timeline surrounding FDA-approved research into the benefits of marijuana for treating symptoms of PTSD. Sisley speaks at length about anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of marijuana for PTSD in veterans, overcoming political obstacles preventing the purchase of research-grade marijuana, and creating momentum alongside veterans, the public, and media outlets to help advance scientific research. “We’re looking forward to seeing a renaissance of marijuana research in this country,” explains Sisley.
Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) say that using marijuana helps ease their symptoms, and for a long time, they’ve pushed to add it to the list of approved conditions for medical marijuana. Colorado lawmakers are currently considering a controversial bill that would do just that.
One reason it’s controversial is that there’s little research into the effectiveness of marijuana for medical conditions, including PTSD. But the Obama administration recently took a major step toward approving a study using marijuana to treat veterans with the condition. We speak with Dr. Sue Sisley, a primary care physician and psychiatrist on the faculty at the University of Arizona, who would lead the study.