The clinical trial studying marijuana as an effective post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment method began on Monday, Army Times reports.
According to a press release from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, the trial, which focuses on treating PTSD in veterans, is the first of its kind.
The trial was launched in Phoenix, Arizona, where the first participant received marijuana.
Now, scientists can start studying the effectiveness of marijuana as a safe and useful way to treat PTSD in veterans.
This study is based in Maryland and Arizona, and will observe 76 veterans.
Four different levels of weed will be administered so researchers can collect data on dosage and side effects. Clinicians and legislators will then use the data to help them as they consider marijuana as a proper PTSD treatment for veterans.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is funding the study with a $2 million grant. It will be based at two facilities: the Scottsdale Research Institute in Phoenix and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Volunteers are still needed for the trial. People who wish to participant must be adult veterans who experienced trauma during military service. They will need to complete 17 outpatient visits in either Phoenix or Baltimore over a three-month period, and then participate in a follow-up visit six months later.
For more information on volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Phoenix location or call (410) 5500-0050 for the Baltimore location.