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Government-Funded Cannabis PTSD Study Running into Hurdles in Colorado

Denied access to veterans and provided with subpar cannabis, Dr. Sue Sisley continues to pursue the first study of its kind on cannabis and PTSD.

Rocky Mountain PBS recently released a detailed report into what’s going on with Colorado’s desire to find out what cannabis can do for treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. There was enough evidence that the state of Colorado allotted $2,156,000 to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS, for research into cannabis for treating PTSD that was resistant to other types of treatment like pharmaceuticals or therapy.

While we currently list 22 studies on cannabis and PTSD, this study aimed to be a tightly controlled study on a specific population entitled: “Placebo-controlled, Triple-Blind, Randomized Crossover Pilot Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Four Potencies of Smoked Marijuana in 76 Veterans with Chronic, Treatment- Resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”

Unfortunately, the population that would benefit most from this has been made off limits to Dr. Sue Sisley and her team. The Phoenix VA hospital treats upwards of 91,000 patients. She says, they need to screen another five to six thousand veterans and most of them are right there.

“I worry that we won’t be able to complete this study because the absolute highest density of treatment-resistant PTSD patients is in that hospital.”

The other big issue, which has been brought to the government’s attention before, is that the quality of government-provided cannabis is dreadful and not comparable to what patients are actually using.

Cannabis from the United States Government

Cannabis from the United States Government

“It doesn’t necessarily represent the cannabis in the real world. Real world cannabis can be 20 to 30 percent THC. Ours is about 10 to 11 percent.”

Dr. Sisley also opened up about her initial reluctance to even consider cannabis medicine:

“I was highly judgmental because I didn’t believe that cannabis was a medicine. I’d never been trained to believe that cannabis was anything except a deeply dangerous, highly addictive drug.”

She stresses the importance of doing good science and studies like the one MAPS has received funding for:

“I certainly believe all these veterans when they tell me that their subjective experience is that cannabis helped them. But until we put it through the rigors of a controlled trial, I will never be able to fully embrace the idea that cannabis is a legitimate medication.”

When one of her patients became a victim of the opioid crisis, she realized something had to be done.

“He was in great shape when he was using the cannabis. And then, I had actively discouraged him. He was already getting a massive amount of opioids from the VA, and he graduated to heroin. And then, his mom called me when she found him the next morning with a needle in his arm and he was dead. And I couldn’t help but feel completely responsible for that.”

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Legalization of Cannabis in Colorado Associated with 6.5% Reduction in Opioid-Related Deaths

The American Public Health Association has released findings that show, yet again, how cannabis can have an effect on the opioid crisis that is currently sweeping the nation.

While the study acknowledges these are only initial results, it does call for additional follow-ups as more and more states adopt recreational cannabis laws.

The study is entitled “Recreational Cannabis Legalization and Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado, 2000–2015” and can be found on their website here: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304059

“After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years. These findings extend Bachhuber et al.’s results on the potential protective effect of medical cannabis legalization on opioid-related deaths. Available data provide only an assessment of the short-term effects of Colorado’s recreational cannabis legalization. However, these initial results clearly show that continuing research is warranted as data become available, involving longer follow-ups and additional states that have legalized recreational cannabis.”

Reduction in Opioid-Related Deaths

Reduction in Opioid-Related Deaths

Following up on previous findings that showed a 25% decrease in opioid overdose mortality in states with medical marijuana laws, this study shines a beacon of hope on the crisis that kills dozens per day.

While the United States continues to figure out ways to tackle this deadly intrusion into the lives of everyday citizens, the cannabis community has been calling out for a reproducible and provable solution to at least help provide some relief.

“States and the US federal government continue to consider modifying cannabis policies, and more research is warranted to assess health effects of these policies across a diverse set of outcomes.”

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: June 24th, 2016

Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Cannabis Reports will be re-capping the weekly events of the cannabis community and industry, so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

NCIA Overview

The National Cannabis Industry Association hosted a very successful three-day event in Oakland this week, including a keynote speech by California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. He discussed the trends involving legitimacy and legalization for the cannabis industry, and warned that the battle for recreational cannabis in California is far from over.


There were many informative sessions throughout the week, as well as an exhibition floor with nearly 150 vendors displaying everything from cultivation hardware to accounting software and many things in between. Cannabis Reports will be publishing a complete overview of the NCIA event soon.

Congress Shoots Down Three Cannabis Policy Bills

Marijuana.com has reported that Congress released the Department of Veterans Affairs spending bill that did not include protections for veterans seeking cannabis options through the VA hospital system.


Additionally, Congress blocked a bill that would have provided a layer of protection for financial institutions taking business payments from the cannabis industry.


Finally, Congress blocked a measure Tuesday that would have allowed Washington D.C. to implement a regulated cannabis market. Despite cannabis being recreationally legal in our nation’s capital, Congress has refused any advancements in a structured industry.

Colorado Report Shows Teen Use Has Not Increased

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a report on Monday that shows child and teen use of cannabis has not increased over the four years since recreational cannabis became available in Colorado.


Class Action Lawsuit Against Michigan Laboratories and Regulators

A civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan and a number of other law enforcement groups that claims state laboratories were altering tests and filing faulty results that would indicate synthetic THC was present in seized cannabis products. Synthetic THC raises the criminal punishment to a felony.


Cannabis Businessman Denied Life Insurance

Derek Peterson is the CEO of Terra Tech Corp, one of the nation’s most established cultivation operations. Terra Tech is affiliated with several brands, including Blüm in Oakland, and is also one of the pioneer companies to offer stock options.


Mr. Peterson runs a successful and compliant business, so he was certainly surprised when Mutual of Omaha denied him a life insurance policy. While it is not clear why Mutual of Omaha did not grant the policy, a poorly-edited letter was received by Mr. Peterson that suggests the insurance company feared reprisal from an unnamed government agency.

Derrick Morgan Second NFL Player to Publicly Support Medical Cannabis

Derrick Morgan, linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, has become the second active NFL player to openly support medical cannabis research. Eugene Monroe, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, was released last week by the organization.

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Many people criticized the Ravens’ organization who claimed that cutting Monroe was purely a “football move.” The Tennessee Titans drafted Derrick Morgan in the first round of the 2010 draft, and have stated that Morgan is a valuable asset to the team.

Upcoming Cannabis Events


THC Fair – (Fairbanks, AK: June 25)

You’ll find hemp and cannabis products, accessories and tools, grow and harvest equipment and more in the amazing expo hall. Then, take in some great sessions on growing, medicinal benefits, prop 91 and more!


Cannabis Charity Open – (Denver, CO: June 26)

Premium Pete’s Cannabis and High Rollers dispensary are partnering with The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine to host the Cannabis Charity Open benefiting the Denver Colorado AIDS Project (DCAP).

As part of an industry born by the will of the voters, they feel it is important to give back to our community. By sponsoring the charitable golf tournament in Denver, they hope to help those affected by HIV/AIDS to live healthier, more comfortable lives.


Pueblo Cannabis Society – (Pueblo, CO: June 27)

The Pueblo Cannabis Society is a new, Pueblo-based discussion forum that will monitor the social, economic and cultural impacts of legal cannabis on our marvelous little corner of Colorado. All members of the Pueblo community are invited to participate.


How Cannabis Works in the Body – (Online: June 28)

Topics to cover: What happens in your body when you ingest cannabis, and why it could change the face of medicine forever? How cannabis interacts with your endocannabinoid system to produce healing and balance? How and why different terpenes influence each person differently? How to discover which strains and cannabis methods are best for your unique constitution? How cannabis can be used to treat specific symptoms and diseases that plague our society?


Kyoto Hemp Forum – (Kyoto, Japan: July 2)

No matter in which region or country you live, what jobs or businesses you are involved in, whether you are rich, or poor, or whatsoever, the changes you are facing from global industrial pollution are real. As long as we depend on toxic energy that is killing us, there is no sustainable future. It is time to be utilize Hemp as the leading biomass energy provider.

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