San Francisco Chronicle shares a reader’s letter responding to recent coverage of MAPS’ research into marijuana to treat symptoms of PTSD. Author Michael J. Haworth shares an optimistic perspective about the study’s overall progress. “Put a rush on this one, and when official approval is secured, cut through the red tape and help our vets rejoin society,” writes Haworth.
Originally appearing here.
“Twenty-two veterans a day are killing themselves.” That’s a quote from Dr. Sue Sisley (Research to test pot as remedy for PTSD, March 24) that I had to read twice, thinking I’d read it incorrectly the first time . Such a shockingly sad number.
Sisley, along with the University of Arizona, will conduct tests to determine the effects of marijuana on patients with PTSD, the Department of Health and Human Services having authorized the study last week.
On the one hand, the Obama administration should be applauded for allowing this study to proceed, while on the other, it should be vilified for waiting so long to do so. Over the years, studies have shown marijuana to be an effective treatment for several different maladies, many of which appear on a November 2002 medical marijuana approval list compiled by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, including multiple sclerosis, ALS symptoms, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, appetite stimulant, sleep aid and more. Why not PTSD? Copious anecdotal evidence already exists.
Put a rush on this one, and when official approval is secured, cut through the red tape and help our vets rejoin society. Every day, 22 more.