Colorado votes 'No' on medical pot for PTSD - A recent decision from Colorado state health officials rejecting medical pot as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has made it clear that the issue is far from settled in the state.
Although, voters have made marijuana legal for both recreational and medical use, public officials at every level of government have continually pushed back.
On Wednesday, the Board of Health voted 6-2 against adding PTSD to the list of ailments entitled for treatment with marijuana. The rejection came in spite of a recommendation from Colorado's chief medical officer and a panel of physicians.
Marijuana is considered illegal under federal law and some scientists have said that research has been hindered by government hurdles, including a declaration that marijuana is a controlled substance with no accepted medical use.
The Department of Health and Human Services made it a bit easier for privately funded medical marijuana research to get approved. A federal Public Health Service review of research proposals is no longer essential because it duplicates a required review by the Food and Drug Administration, the dept said.
However, some people attending Wednesday's PTSD vote in Denver indicated that none of the medical conditions presently eligible for state medical marijuana cards, including glaucoma, AIDS, and epilepsy, has the kind of scientific backing the board mentioned.
Dr. Sue Sisley said that PTSD sufferers can shop at recreational dispensaries or get a doctor's recommendation for the broad category of "severe pain," which covers over 90 percent of the 113,000 Coloradans on the state medical marijuana registry.
Sisley indicated that many of those patients ask pot-shop employees known as "budtenders," not their physicians, about using pot to treat PTSD. "This just provides better access to different strains under a physician's guidance," Sisley said in favor of adding PTSD to the medical pot registry.