Michigan is now the seventh state to allow patients to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with cannabis. Last week, the state officially authorized the inclusion of PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical pot.
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel approved PTSD for the program by a 6-2 vote on March 6. One of those affirmative votes was cast by Michigan chief medical executive Dr. Matthew Davis, which significantly influenced a state official to sign off on PTSD.
Steve Arwood, who heads the agency that oversees the state’s medical cannabis program, reluctantly added PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions.
Arwood noted that this is the first mental health affliction added to the state’s medical pot law, which heretofore only permitted cannabis use for physical diseases and chronic pain. As Arwood expressed in a statement, adding PTSD marks the first expansion of the list of qualifying conditions since Michigan voters legalized medicinal marijuana in 2008.
PTSD is a debilitating anxiety disorder that afflicts 7.7 million Americans nationwide. Recently, the Public Health Service gave the green light for a University of Arizona College study of pot and PTSD.