We’re not big fans of conspiracy theorists here at the office. But, when it comes to Big Pharma and weed, some crazy theories are bound to occur. For instance, you may have heard at some point that Big Pharma tried to patent marijuana. How anyone can patent a product of nature is beyond us. And, fortunately, that holds true for the rest of the world as Big Pharma failed in its attempts.
You may remember that Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana on the same day. Yet, Colorado is marching ahead while Washington is stumbling and struggling with regulations instead of looking up to its big brother. So, it definitely comes as a surprise to hear that the Colorado Board of Health decided to reject adding PTSD to a list of cannabis-aided conditions. But, Washington approved it on July 24. According to the Board of Health in Colorado, there is not sufficient research to add PTSD to a list of conditions.
Obviously, this is a bit of a mind bender. But, over the years, you notice one thing, every time something doesn’t make sense, it usually has to do with politics. Or, in this case, Big Pharma. And there’s a lot of it in marijuana legalization. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Sue Sisley, a physician from Arizona, who has been researching PTSD in relation to medical marijuana for years. She even got a research grant of $2 mil. but the facility is somehow unable to produce the required strains. Is the facility made out of boiling lava?
Which begs us to ask questions like: Which strains is she thinking of growing? Why can’t she grow them? Why is her research put on hold? Again, the answer is probably politics. It’s just not in someone’s interest to let her grow the miracle strains she wants to. But that still doesn’t answer which strain is she thinking of growing and why is this fed-approved facility unable to grow them. Are the strains from Mars or something?
The Curious Case of Sue Sisley
Sue Sisley is not giving up though, and instead is giving talks on obstacles to her research. If anybody is able to attend, give us a shout and we’ll include it on the blog. She was also present at the board hearing but, get this, she didn’t even have enough time to address the benefits of medical marijuana in relation to PTSD, especially the George Greer case, which is of great value for this particular condition. She had literally two minutes to present her case and that is pretty devastating.
You have to keep in mind that the level of PTSD is measured in caps score. So, when her studies proved that weed can lower the level of PTSD by 75%, she had to push it as far as she could. True, that was an observational study but it was reviewed in a well respected medical journal and her peers were in agreement with her results. That’s why the vote to reject PTSD from a list of cannabis-aided conditions seems a bit devastating. Like science lost the battle. Let’s just hope it did not lose the war.