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Recreational cannabis taxes fund $16 million grant to expand marijuana research for veterans with PTSD

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The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has been awarded a US$12,979,050 ($16,254,183) grant to continue its investigation into the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with cannabis.
Recreational cannabis taxes fund the program, which is designed to evaluate “the efficacy of marijuana in treating the medical conditions of United States armed services veterans and preventing veteran suicide.”
“Suicide among veterans is an urgent public health crisis, but it’s solvable if we invest in researching new treatments for pain, depression and PTSD,” said Dr. Sue Sisley, president of Scottsdale Research Institute.
After a three-week enrollment and evaluation period, veterans will spend five weeks self-administering inhaled doses of cannabis on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of MAPS, praised the use of cannabis taxes to fund the research. “Michiganders are granting non-profit researchers the opportunity to establish whether marijuana is helpful for veterans with PTSD. If so, we will seek to return that generosity by developing a public-benefit cannabis pharmaceutical product that would be eligible for insurance coverage, just like any other pharmaceutical drug,” Dr. Doblin said.



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