To recognize National PTSD Awareness Month in June, Pharmacy Times interviewed Jordan Tishler, MD, president of the Association of Cannabis Specialists, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and a cannabis specialist at inhaleMD, on how medical cannabis can be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans and the general public.
Alana Hippensteele: How might access to medical cannabis treatment be improved to support patients with PTSD?
Jordan Tishler: Well one of the things that I find is that the word access sometimes gets used in this particular field to mean simply being able to buy cannabis products, and I think that that kind of misses the boat a little bit.
To your point a moment ago about how some of the things I’ve been saying aren’t widely understood in terms of the vaporizers and the application of cannabis, in this situation, giving people with a serious problem like PTSD access to the plant material is only a small piece of the larger equation, which really is giving people access to people who know what they’re doing with that plant material and who don’t have a vested interest in selling those products either.
So, typically, if people go into a dispensary in their state,