By Nikki Harper, Wake Up World
A new study by UCL in the UK has found that cannabis compounds hold promise as treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder but has highlighted the difficulties with obtaining sufficient evidence.
Cannabis is already an approved treatment for PTSD in US states which permit medicinal cannabis use. In the UK, however, although medicinal cannabis was legalised in September 2008, there have been major practical problems with its implementation, and it’s thought that fewer than 100 patients have actually benefited .
UCL researchers found that significant numbers of PTSD patients – it’s a condition thought to affect 1% of the UK population – already self-medicate, some with prescriptions obtained from the US. However, few previous studies have been undertaken, due to legal restrictions, and researchers found that the quality of the evidence in those previous studies was poor. With insufficient clinical evidence, the UCL team concluded that they were unable to make any recommendations about its use for PTSD in the UK .