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University of Arizona Researcher Fired for Trying to Study Efficacy of Cannabis for PTSD Speaks Out

Discussion in 'Cannabis News and Activism' started by Jambi619, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Jambi619

    Jambi619 New Guy

    "The president of the Arizona Senate, Biggs, has gone on record saying he opposes marijuana research, and even went so far as to tack onto a bill an amendment that would block any funding of marijuana research. He’s saying he’s an elected politician who does not value science. Other right-wing lawmakers have also gone so far as to say that I support marijuana research because it’s a strategy for legalization. They are saying they’re afraid of research that might uncover the benefits of marijuana.

    Maybe they don’t understand how research works. It’s a triple-blind randomized controlled trial — it’s the most rigorous science you can conduct in the US. It would have answered tons of questions for the veterans and the general public."

    Last edited: Jul 15, 2014
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  2. 215z

    215z Well-Known Member

    fuck the man
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  3. Jambi619

    Jambi619 New Guy

    Indeed. This is probably the most blatant example of politics interfering with science. Hopefully this story gets enough attention that something is done to correct the situation.
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  4. Kief

    Kief Medicated

    I'd say it is getting some attention... Dr. Sanjay Gupta had this researcher on his show last weekend, see the video and full article here - http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/12/health/marijuana-researcher-arizona/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 . This is one of those things that everyone should read/watch... especially our elected officials.

    The following was posted by cybrguy in the general news thread and I feel it needs a re-post here. (i did try to have it moved)

    Medical marijuana research stalls after Arizona professor is let go
    By Saundra Young, CNN
    updated 1:13 PM EDT, Sat July 12, 2014

    This is your body on weed
    • Dr. Sue Sisley was planning to study marijuana's effect on veterans with PTSD
    • Studies on the medical benefits of cannabis have been few and far between
    • Sisley's contracts at University of Arizona were not renewed
    • University says it has championed medical marijuana research on campus

    Editor's note: For an exclusive interview with Dr. Sue Sisley, watch "Sanjay Gupta | M.D." Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET.

    (CNN) -- A well-known medical marijuana researcher at the University of Arizona says a study she's been planning for four years has cost her her job.

    Dr. Sue Sisley, a clinical assistant professor in the college of medicine, has been with the university for nearly eight years in several capacities. She has been planning a pioneering study on marijuana's effect on veterans with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

    "I was on the forefront of the most controversial research happening at the university," said Sisley, the study's principal investigator, said. "And they did not like the optics of veterans smoking and vaporizing marijuana on their campus, even in the context of a rigorous, FDA-approved, randomized controlled trial."

    That trial was designed to look at the safety and efficacy of using marijuana to treat veterans who suffer from PTSD and aren't responding to other approved treatments. Seventy veterans were to participate in the randomized, triple-blind study, in which five different potencies would be used; some would be placebos and others would contain doses of up to 12% tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive ingredient in pot.

    For decades, studies to determine the medical benefits of cannabis have been few and far between because the Drug Enforcement Agency classifies it as a Schedule I drug -- the most dangerous class of drugs. That puts it in the same category as heroin, LSD and ecstasy. Schedule I drugs are defined by the agency as "drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse."

    The whole article from which this is only part, is here:
  5. Jambi619

    Jambi619 New Guy

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  6. al bundy

    al bundy Vaporist

    "He's saying he's an elected politician who does not value science"

    SO When is Election Day???
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2014
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  7. Nesta

    Nesta Well-Known Member


    Here's another cannabis article from the NYT. It's not part of their editorial series calling for the legalization of marijuana, it's a news article examining the roadblocks to medical marijuana research.It focuses on Dr. Sue Sisley, who received rare government approval for a study to see if the whole cannabis plant could help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder [which is apparently hard to treat with the available pharmaceuticals].

    But she was fired by the University of Arizona before the study began, probably for political reasons. This is covered by FC here: http://fuckcombustion.com/threads/u...ficacy-of-cannabis-for-ptsd-speaks-out.14885/

    The article has a little good news:
    "There are signs, though, of a possible shift in attitude within the federal government. In May, the D.E.A. issued new rules to increase the government’s production of marijuana for research this year to 650,000 grams from 21,000 grams.

    And at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, for instance, records show that at the beginning of this year there were 28 active grants for research into the possible medical benefits of marijuana in six disease categories. Most of the studies focus on the potential therapeutic uses of individual cannabinoid chemicals from marijuana or synthetic versions and not the plant itself. Furthermore, a dozen or so of those studies are being conducted with animals and not humans.

    Additionally, other National Institutes of Health entities have been supporting marijuana research. As for independently funded marijuana research, the federal government has cleared 16 projects since 1999, 13 of them at the University of California, San Diego.

    Moving the drug to a less restrictive category could do more than reduce some obstacles to research, proponents say. It would be a significant step toward allowing doctors around the country to prescribe the drug. Federal lawmakers say it could also permit medical marijuana operations that are legal at the state level to take business deductions on their federal taxes."

    mod note: This post and the one following were moved from the NY Times legalization thread.
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    grokit power cosmic

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