There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding cannabis throughout the nation with many hot button issues that deeply affect those within the community. One group, in particular, has been making major headlines lately are veterans who have been struggling to find a legal way to treat their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Luckily, there has been some traction in this area from the Cannaball, multi-state run to bring awareness to veterans’ medical issues to the historical vote passed by the Senate that will allow veterans more access to legal medical marijuana in their state.
National non-profit Grow For Vets and California-based company Care By Design (CBD) and have also teamed up to contribute another building block on the road to fair and consistent access to medical cannabis by shedding some light on how cannabis has been helping veterans manage their PTSD symptoms. “The Survey on Cannabis in the Treatment for PTSD” will help the two companies recruit qualifying patients for a 6-month research project that intends to demystify the healing connection between veterans, PTSD and cannabis.
Both companies have been making major moves in the industry in their own regard through the grace of their generosity. CBD made national headlines when the company gave away free cannabis products to victims of the Valley Fire and Butter Fire that took place in September. According to reports, CBD along with AbsoluteXtracts, donated $20,000 worth of cannabis oil, vaporizer cartridges and sprays to patients from Cobb, Kelseyville, Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake at dispensaries in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and San Francisco.
Colorado-based Grow For Vets has been supplying veterans with free cannabis, giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than 2,500 individuals. Earlier this month, they hosted a Save a Million Vets Tour in Oregon for veterans and civilians, where they passed out bags full of cannabis products with some worth hundreds of dollars at the rally.
The two socially-conscious companies collaboration on the veterans survey seeks to further contribute to the national conversation surrounding the efficacy of cannabis an alternative treatment to prescription opiates. According to a survey from The American Legion, many veterans have reported treatment to be ineffective. The data revealed that up to 59 percent of veterans undergoing traditional treatment had not experienced any improvement and 30 percent of veterans opted to not even complete their program due to its ineffectiveness to relieve symptoms.
The effects of PTSD varies from person to person but typically includes chronic anxiety, severe emotional distress and recurring, unwanted flashbacks or nightmares. Previous studies have tried to make the correlation between cannabis and PTSD relief but have been blocked like Sue Sisley from Arizona who later pushed to do her research independently after being fired from her job. In hopes of growing the body of research surrounding cannabis and PTSD, CBD and Grow For Vets hope to gather and share information that will shape the future of the veteran medical care system.
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