PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - The Drug Enforcement Administration has approved a first-of-its-kind trial to study the effects of medical marijuana as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans.

"This is a very important opportunity to finally answer some questions for patients about, first of all, does marijuana work for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, and if so, what strains might be best," said Dr. Sue Sisley.

Dr. Sisley has been pushing for this trial for years. "I'm not pro-cannabis, I'm just pro-science, I'm pro-research, and I desperately want to see this plant studied in a rigorous controlled environment, and I think we owe it to the veterans community to do that," she said.

To get the optimal candidates, Dr. Sisley said they are going to be screening hundreds of veterans over the next year.

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Amanda Goodman ~ AZFamily.com ~

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