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76 Veterans Needed For PTSD Study

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Scientists and academics in Arizona and Maryland are looking for 76 veterans suffering from PTSD to fire up just under 2 grams of weed daily.

Igniting a new study designed to investigate the medicinal value of marijuana and its magical cannabinoids in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the research will be performed at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Sisley’s Scottsdale Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

According to a post in yesterday’s MilitaryTimes.com, “A total of 76 combat veterans will be tested over 12 weeks, but only about four subjects will begin each month across both sites, so the study itself is expected to take two years to complete.”

Hoping to clear the smoke of ambiguity with just the right candidates, Dr. Sisley noted, the “ideal” vet would be considered generally healthy and already be rated on their disability from the VA for their combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder.

Following an initial screening and appraisal of the candidate’s condition, anticipated to take approximately two weeks, participating vets will be arbitrarily given four types of cannabis with specific cannabinoid profiles:

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Some of those veterans that successfully pass the initial screening process will be allocated 1.8 grams of cannabinoid-rich pot on a weekly basis. Prohibiting the use of electronic vaporizers, vets will be encouraged to use a pipe and adjust their daily intake, based on their perceived symptoms –  making sure not to exceed their daily allocation.

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For the $2.2 million PTSD research, participating vets will be provided an iPad for documenting their consumption and the resulting experience. Provided this research nets the anticipated results, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, otherwise known as MAPS, will lobby for the use of “smoked botanical marijuana” as a federally acknowledged prescription for the treatment of PTSD.

Those vets living near Phoenix and looking to participate in Dr. Sisley’s study should contact arizona@marijuanasites.org.

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9 Comments

  1. To Cool !!! !!! !!! Wow !!! I am a Service Connected Vet of Calf. Life Time member of chapter #28

    I am a 30 Year Survivor of a Traumatic Brain Injury . I am So going to be a part of The
    Cannabis Reclassification !!! !!! !!! Thank You America !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Jimmy Johnny Stoner Mon 😉

  2. Interesting that many people have been chaptered out of the service for using marijuana. Now they want to use it for a study?

  3. I like the idea, but I thought the government was not going to allow these studies though the VA VETs for PTSD.
    They started it in Tucson at the University of Arizona. Then they discontinued it. Firing the doctor running the studies.
    I would love to be In your study, but I live in Tucson.
    I am certain I have PTSD, but too afraid to tell anyone, because I am embarrassed about what happen to me by members of the crew of the ship I was on. Worse than a prisoner of war camp. What could be worse? Think about it.
    Plus, beaten in the brig in very bad conditions. This was on the U.S.S. Ranger, right prior the Marine brig guards killed a person in the brig. I was there during that time.
    Afraid of putting in my records, I have asked for 2 referrals from different doctors to talk to a specialist on what happen to me. It has been a year in one referral and >years from a different doctor, asking him for a referral. Still no help.
    McCain sent me a special communication, but I think it will be difficult to make them believe. It was during 1973. Vietnam, a long time ago.
    I still wake up crying from nightmares. Ruined my life and marriage.

    We will see, I’m asking for another referral the 2nd of Sept. 2016, my next appointment.
    I don’t feel like living much anymore. I never told anyone. I’m so ashamed, I weighed 105 pounds and 5’6″.
    A small guy and just turned 18, and flown to a ship and during Navy tradition after crossing the equator and becoming a shellback. I couldn’t even identify who did it.
    I was dragged away from the pirates on the flight deck and RAPED by 2 or 3 guys. They got me below decks and punched me so hard, it knocked me out.
    When I woke up, I knew what happen while everyone was going through the hazing on the flight deck.
    It was an enunciation or hazing that the Navy and other groups do and get away with, until someone snitches or gets hurts. WHO IS GOING TO TELL ON OTHER SHIPMATES IN A WAR ZONE? NO-ONE!
    What proof, I was too small and ashamed.

    I need help, I’m old and just hanging in there.
    The Navy will just open another file on me and say it didn’t happen.
    I’m getting help, maybe from a private doctor.
    I don’t care about much anymore.

    • Monterey Bud on

      @George, first and foremost, Thank you for your service.

      I’m so sorry to hear that someone serving our country was savaged by their own “brothers in arms” – with nowhere to turn. I firmly believe that universal karma will rain down on your oppressors a chain of bad craziness and mental sodomy … summoning the spirit of Caligula and his henchmen to amend these past injustices.

      As for Dr. Sisley, she was initially granted permission by the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) to study federally grown cannabis cultivated at the University of Mississippi. Promptly fired by the University of Arizona for undisclosed reasons (read: politics) in 2014, once they caught whiff of her intention to study the medicinal benefits of marijuana and its 80+ cannabinoids on vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Dr. Sisley is a true scientist in search of the truth.

      While obviously easier said than done, you should feel no shame … as you bear no fault.

      Again, thank you and Keep the faith, brother.

  4. I understand that you are looking for Vets for a PTSD Study. I had PTSD and now it’s gone. It took 5 years, but now I don’t have nightmares. It could be due to all the opioids I am taking. I am looking for help with CBD. In 1980, I went into the US Navy in which I volunteered for Nuclear Submarines. However, at the time, they didn’t tell me that 65% of all Submariner’s get Kidney Stones. I only found that out 10 years after I got out of the Navy with a Medical discharge for Renal Stones. After 25 procedures to remove stones, NO ONE, from Loyola University to the Mayo Clinic knows why I develop stones. I stopped count the number of stones passed after 300. But today, I still pass them and I happy to say that I will have my 26th procedure…tomorrow. I can’t hold down a job because I am in the hospital every other month with stones. It takes about 2 to 3 weeks to recover and then I’m back in the Hospital several weeks later. I have been looking for a study on the destruction of renal stones with the use of CBD. Yes, I know it probably won’t work. But CBD should help cure my radiated kidney’s due to all of the CBD receptors within the kidney’s. Can you please help or advise?

    Thanks for your time in this matter!

    Rob Lopez – Disabled Veteran
    Scottsdale, AZ

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