Australia explores if cannabis can help veterans with PTSD where conventional drugs could not – The GrowthOp

Australia has launched its first-ever clinical trial for cannabis, a focus of which will be the effects that a CBD oil-based treatment has on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in servicemen and women.

Running over 12 months, the trial will specifically target defence personnel who have not found success in treating their symptoms with pharmaceutical treatments. The trial, which is a collaborative effort among Cannabis Access Clinics, BOD Australia and Applied Cannabis Research, is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, part of the Australian government.

Lead researcher Dr. Sharron Davis reports that traditional treatments have proved ineffective at addressing PTSD. Since the disorder can present with a variety of symptoms, it can be difficult to identify a treatment that is effective for all. Davis reported that participants in the trial have tried conventional medicine options, but to no avail.

“We have to be able to show the Therapeutic Goods Administration that these people have tried everything conventional medicine has to offer,” Dr. Sharron Davis, lead researcher

Researchers will monitor approximately 300 participants provided with a daily dose of CBD isolate, an oil-based tincture that contains no psychoactive cannabinoids. Being observation-based, the trial will monitor how the CBD oil affects the symptoms of PTSD and the quality of life of participating veterans. It is Davis’s hopes that the study will help convince Australia to reclassify CBD.

“We have first-hand experience treating symptoms of PTSD and seeing the positive effects that medicinal cannabis can have on patient outcomes,” said Dr. Sanjay Nijhawan, medical director of Cannabis Access Clinics.

It is estimated that PTSD, symptoms of which include anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks and a general decline in quality of life, affects about 1 million Australians annually.

Recently, cannabis treatments have been gaining traction as an effective treatment for PTSD, often reportedly without the negative side effects of pharmaceutical treatments. This veteran community is disproportionately affected by the disorder.

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