Volunteers Needed for Marijuana Smoking PTSD Research

You could be part of finding a cure, while getting cured.

If you are a military veteran who is carrying around PTSD wreckage, this may be your lucky day—or at least be the day that leads to the scientific breakthrough that brings about your lucky day.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) announced that it has begun the first ever Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration approved clinical study to determine the efficacy of smoked marijuana as a treatment for PTSD symptoms.

The research, funded by a $2.2 million infusion from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will be conducted at the Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. MAPS researchers will chart the effects of four potencies of marijuana on the symptoms of 76 U.S. military veterans.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is a nonprofit educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics—such as LSD and ecstasy—and marijuana.

From Stars and Stripes:

“We are thrilled to see this study overcome the hurdles of approval so we can begin gathering the data,” Amy Emerson said in a written statement issued by the association.
“This study is a critical step in moving our botanical drug development program forward at the federal level to gather information on the dosing, risks and benefits of smoked marijuana for PTSD symptoms.”

Participating U.S. military veterans will be required to check in at clinics 17 times over a 12-week period, and show up for a six-month follow-up.

Sound like something you can do? Email [email protected] or call Johns Hopkins at (410) 550-0050, and tell the people you want to apply.