The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently approved a study on the the use of medical marijuana as treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a WTSP article reports.
This study involves a clinical trial requiring the purchase and use of raw cannabis. It is the first study researching how marijuana could help PTSD-affected veterans to ever be approved by the DEA.
Alex Penalver, an Iraq veteran who served as a mortarman, turned to medical marijuana to help with his PTSD after the pills he was prescribed did not help with his symptoms.
Penalver turned to medical marijuana after fellow veterans recommended it to him.
“It helps with my depression as well as my anxiety, as long as I medicate appropriately, of course,” he said.
Although many believed the government would never approve a study of this nature, the recently approved study is about to be quickly underway. Doctors will start enrolling 76 veterans this month.
The enrolled veterans will complete the trial at clinics in Phoenix and Baltimore. It will take up to two years.