“Physicians and patients are hungry for research on marijuana.
Medical research is playing catch-up with cannabis use so we really need to do these kinds of controlled studies,” said Walsh, who is a co-director for UBC’s Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law.
“My professional interest is in developing effective therapies for psychological disorders.” It’s not known how many PTSD patients use cannabis but a 2008 Canadian study estimated that 9.2 per cent of the population will suffer from the extreme anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime.
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Dispensaries began to proliferate in Vancouver about four years ago, when police quit trying to enforce federal prohibitions on retail marijuana sales.
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The Nanaimo medical marijuana facility called Tilray — one of about 20 Health Canada-licensed producers in the country — is sponsoring the 0,000 study. If the study overcomes regulatory hurdles, recruitment of participants with PTSD would begin early next year.
Zach Walsh, a UBC psychology professor who would be the study’s principal investigator, said marijuana is used by an unknown proportion of PTSD patients for symptoms including flashbacks, anxiety, depression, anger, irritability and changes in sleep and appetite.
Yet there is a paucity of scientific evidence about therapeutic benefits or risks of use.
Standard treatment often involves the use of powerful antidepressants, antipsychotics, sleeping pills and other drugs, many of which are “not harmless” since they have unwanted side effects, Walsh noted.
While cognitive behavioural therapy is the gold standard, not all patients can afford it or get it.
That’s partly why many turn to self-medicating with substances like marijuana, and observational studies or case reports have shown some benefits. The medical establishment has trailed with research,” he said.