Clinical research out of New Mexico suggests that smoking cannabis could play a vital role in reducing key symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The authors of said study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, collected data between 2009 and 2011, which involved patients who were pre-screened via telephone interviews.
In order to be permitted to participate in the research, patients had to meet a specific criteria regarding symptoms they experience, and to include their use of smoked cannabis as a treatment for PTSD.
Those patients involved in the study were measured using a Clinically-Administered PTSD Scale or CAPS procedure.
CAPS is an instrument which is an industry gold standard in PTSD research that asks questions regarding the existence of traumatic experiences and the immediate emotional response to them.
It then establishes a rating of the frequency and intensity of a patient’s symptoms on a scale of 0-4.
Once the CAPS data was collected for the study in question, the totals were then calculated with results indicating that among the 80 individuals that participated in the test reported an average of 75 percent reduction in all three areas of PTSD symptoms while using cannabis.
Now that’s what weed consider to be solid data.
However, the authors of the study claim that further research is still necessary.
Here’s what Dr. George Greer, one of the study’s researchers had to say in that regard:
Many PTSD patients report symptom reduction with cannabis, and a clinical trial needs to be done to see what proportion and what kind of PTSD patients benefit, with either cannabis or the main active ingredients of cannabis.
Soldier on, science!