The Colorado Board of Health has given approval to over $8 million in state-funded research on the benefits of medical cannabis. The studies will examine whether cannabis can treat a variety of conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and pediatric brain tumors.
“This is new and uncharted territory,” says Dr. Larry Wolk, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Dr. Suzanne Sisley, a psychiatrist who will help run one of the approved studies which will focus on the possibility of cannabis treating PTSD, agrees; “This is the first time we’ve had government money to look at the efficacy of marijuana, not the harms of marijuana”.
Though these aren’t the only ones, the Board of Health approved the following studies:
– Two PTSD studies
– A study comparing cannabis and oxycodone for pain relief
– A study on pediatric epilepsy
– A study on irritable bowel syndrome
– A study on adolescent brain tumors
The studies, which mark the largest ever state-funded effort to research medical cannabis, will be paid for by a surplus of money brought in from medical cannabis registration fees.