Researcher Sue Sisley on Her Request for Colorado to Fund Study on Pot and PTSD


Controversial cannabis researcher Sue Sisley is on her way back to Colorado today, after six months that have been a “pretty barbaric rollercoaster,” she says. “One injustice after another, and I suspect it will not slow down for quite a while.” But at the end of November, the Arizona-based researcher finally caught a break: Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council chose eight research-grant proposals for the Board of Health to consider at its December 17 meeting — including Sisley’s proposal to study the effectiveness of using marijuana to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sisley had been researching the affect of marijuana on PTSD at the University of Arizona for several years when UA officials terminated her contract in June for political reasons — a controversy that’s been covered by media outlets ranging from NBC to the New York Times. She’d already been exploring working with the University of Colorado on her study, but Johns Hopkins stepped up with a formal partnership that is now part of her grant proposal. “Such a great feeling to receive this grant approval after slogging through so many years of fighting ridiculous barriers,” she says.
Other proposals under consideration in Colorado would look at the potential for marijuana in treating tremors from Parkinson’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, complex pediatric epilepsy, pediatric brain tumors and chronic pain.
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