Today, the Colorado Board of Health is set to consider adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that are eligible to be treated with medical marijuana. If the board approves the addition, Colorado would become the 10th state to make PTSD a qualifying condition for medical pot. It would also be the first condition added to Colorado’s registry since voters approved medical marijuana 15 years ago.
According to an article in CBS News, the board has rejected PTSD petitions twice in the past, blaming a lack of research. But this year, Colorado chief medical officer Dr. Larry Wolk is recommending that PTSD be added on a four-year trial basis. Last year, Wolk testified against making the move, but he changed his mine after seeing “overwhelming evidence” that people with PTSD are already on the registry after citing severe pain as their ailment.
In Colorado, patients must get a doctor’s recommendation for using pot to treat one of eight debilitating conditions, including from cancer and AIDS to severe pain and nausea. More than 93 percent of current patients claim severe pain as their condition.
Colorado has spent over $3 million for two medical studies involving the use of pot for treatment of PTSD. Those studies have just begun.