There is increasing evidence that marijuana could one day soon be a viable treatment option for patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In fact, a recent study to explore the effects of cannabis on patients suffering from PTSD has shown significant promise in relieving a number of debilitating symptoms.

In the latest medical journal Clinical Drug Investigation, a team of Israeli researchers detailed the findings of their three-week pilot study in which they administered oral doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, to 10 patients diagnosed with severe PTSD. What they found was the cannabinoid seemed to help alleviate the patients’ symptoms of hyperarousal as well as provide them with enough comfort to sleep.

“This is the first report of the use of orally absorbable Δ9-THC as add-on treatment in patients with chronic PTSD,” according to the study authors. “The results show good tolerance and safety, reduction of PTSD hyperarousal symptoms, improved sleep quality and reduced frequency of nightmares.”

The latest findings are consistent with previous studies that have shown marijuana can be an effective medicine for PTSD patients because it acts as an effective sleep aid. Earlier this year, HIGH TIMES reported on a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, which found the majority of patients using marijuana to combat PTSD were simply using it to cope with sleep problems, including extreme nightmares.

Unfortunately, while marijuana, specifically the cannabinoid THC, has been shown to have a positive effect on that part of the brain that controls fear and anxiety, the United States government has made it nearly impossible for American researchers to dig deeper into its therapeutic benefit. 

In fact, while the National Institute for Drug Abuse finally approved research at the University of Arizona College of Medicine to explore the potential benefits of using marijuana to treat PTSD, reports surfaced this week indicating the study would not be in a position to begin until 2015, due to an apparent shortage of government marijuana.

Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in High Times, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.