The 50-Year-Old Agreement Preventing Marijuana From Treating PTSD
Here’s the rub: When is it easier to get, say, LSD than weed? When you’re a scientist. Indeed, it’s easier to get LSD, MDMA, and any other Schedule 1 drug from the US government for scientific research than it is to get marijuana. Why? To obtain LSD and MDMA, for example, you only have to go through the Food and Drug Administration, an Institutional Review Board, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
On the other hand, to get cannabis that is federally approved for research, you have to make it over those same three regulatory hurdles but also get approval from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). And NIDA, historically, typically doesn’t like sharing. They’ve got the monopogy on medical weed.