DENVER Colorado well-being authorities on Wednesday turned down an offer by medical marijuana supporters impart hashish on any group of accredited remedies for post-traumatic worry condition, workplace speaker said.
“I am certainly disappointed by the decision but I respect how and why the decision was made”, said Colorado Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk.
Board members argued that there is not enough evidence and research to prove that marijuana helps patients with PTSD.
The spokesman, Mark Salley, said the Colorado Board of Health voted 6-2 to reject a petition for PTSD to be included as a “debilitating condition” that can be treated with medical pot.
“We can’t have physicians counseling people in favor of it because we don’t have data to show it’s correct”, said Jill Hunsaker-Ryan, one of the board members who voted no.
While Colorado has allowed the use of medical marijuana to treat various ailments since 2001, the state’s health board has three times refused to put PTSD on its approved list.
Colorado allows adults over 21 to buy pot for recreational use, with no doctor’s recommendation needed.
Colorado’s list of now acceptable conditions for medical marijuana includes HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, cachexia, spasms, severe pain, severe nausea and seizures.
“We don’t want people to suffer as a result of not being able to access (the registry) honestly”, Wolk said earlier this year. It mirrored the requests of many veterans and advocates who have repeatedly stated that typical treatments including opioids, antidepressants, antipsychotics or others either posed a vast array of different problems or decreased life quality in relation to their condition. “We’re not going to go away”, said John Evans, director of Veterans for Freedoms. Despite the National Center for PTSD’s stance against marijuana treatment because the evidence is overwhelmingly anecdotal, nine states with medical marijuana programs now consider the disorder treatable with the plant.
But board members sided with the American Psychiatric Society, which opposed the addition.