The We Can Study is a Phase 2 pilot study looking at the safety and efficacy of smoked cannabis in treating the symptoms of PTSD in veterans. Dr. Sue Sisley is the principal Investigator at Scottsdale Research Institute and is working with the study Sponsor, MAPS, whose mission is to collect objective information about the efficacy of cannabis-based treatments for PTSD and other disorders. A description of this clinical trial will be available on http://www.ClinicalTrials.gov, as required by U.S. Law.
WHY ARE WE USING CANNABIS TO TREAT PTSD?
Cannabis has been used for medical reasons in and outside of the U.S. It is most often used to treat people suffering from insomnia, anxiety, and pain. People with PTSD can have similar symptoms and some report that use of cannabis helps reduce these symptoms.
So far though, there have been no scientific studies looking at cannabis as a way of helping people with PTSD. This rigorous, controlled research is being done to find out if cannabis will reduce nightmares, anxiety, and sleep difficulties in people with PTSD.