Clinical study is first of its kind in Canada.
Whether it is first responders, soldiers who have been to war or many Canadians in between, thousands suffer from PTSD and many turn to marijuana for relief.
Now for the fist time, there will be a clinical study to see if it really works.
“This particular study is the largest medical cannabis clinical trial to take place in Canada in at least 40 years” said Philippe Lucas, Vice President of Tilray.
Tilray, based in Nanaimo, is teaming up with the University of British Columbia, choosing 42 participants for the clinical trial to test anecdotal evidence that suggests medical marijuana can help those suffering from PTSD.
“We know that a lot of veterans are using cannabis to deal with their symptoms but the research hasn’t been there for us to get a sense of how it works, who it works best for and are there differences between different types of cannabis that makes some types more effective than others?” said Zach Walsh, Associate Professor Psychology at UBC.
Half of the participants will be police or military veterans while the other half will be made up of those who suffered from sexual or other violence.
“We’re actually comparing three different preparations of cannabis. One of them’s a placebo and then the other two are one that’s high in THC and the other one’s high in THC and CBD so we’re interested to see if either of the active drugs are effective compared to placebo and if the addiction of CBD to THC improves treatment outcomes for patients,” added Lucas.
Chris Linford is a military veteran who suffers from PTSD after serving in Rwanda and Afghanistan. He says this clinical trial is good news.
“If that helps you get through the day keeps you calmer as you face your triggers or activations during the day then I see that as a good thing,” he told CHEK News.
Those chosen for the trial will not be smoking the cannabis.
“People are going to be given vaporizers which is another novel aspect of the study so people are not going to be smoking cannabis they’re going to be vaporizing it and we’re going to be sending them home with vaporizers so they can use it in the privacy of their own home,” added Walsh.
The trail is expected to be completed in about 18 months.