Veterans can get paid to smoke marijuana as part of new study

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Wayne State University in Michigan wants to understand cannabis and PTSD

Research related to veterans and cannabis use continues to be conducted in different parts of the country. It is almost impossible to find anyone who disagrees that military veterans are heroes who deserve better treatment than they receive once they get home from their tour of duty. Many of them have experienced things that people in society are unlikely to understand, and that is why medicine is always trying to devise methods to undermine many mental illnesses and give this community a better quality of life. Wayne State University (WSU) is weighing in on this issue.

For many veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD), cannabis can become a great ally. However, although cannabis products have been shown to have positive effects on the condition, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not recommend this because their current research does not support its usefulness.

In order to attract the largest possible veteran population and make it relevant, WSU has launched the Warrior CARE program, which seeks to pay participants to test the effects of marijuana on their wartime illnesses. Dr. Leslie Lundahl, the lead author of the study, says that not enough research has been done to know this relationship with certainty.

He and his team are launching a new study to find out if cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can help with PTSD and how they can work with smaller doses of THC and CBD. The study also aims to further analyze cognitive ability while checking blood pressure and vital signs, as well as the urine and saliva of the participants. The idea is to find out if lower levels of THC can produce effective results.