Veterans and Access to Cannabis
Veterans consume cannabis at significantly higher rates than the general population and many report they use cannabis for its medicinal benefits for chronic pain, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, substance abuse disorder, and depression. Cannabis has become a treatment for chronic illnesses and is often substituted for prescription drugs and alcohol. Despite its incredible healing properties, federal state laws continue to hinder Veterans access.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is required to follow federal laws, which prohibit the use of cannabis and classify it as an illegal substance. With 19 million Veterans in the US alone, the VA isn’t equipped to support the complex mental and physical injuries that Veterans face day to day. Veterans are often prescribed addictive opiates instead of turning to alternative therapies like cannabis. Interestingly enough, a recent study found individuals use less prescription medications including opiates, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and benzodiazepines three months after trying medical cannabis. Despite its benefits, VA clinicians are unable to recommend or assist Veterans in obtaining cannabis, even in states where consumption is legalized for recreational or medical use. While the VA won’t deny Veterans health or financial assistance because of consumption, Veterans face legal repercussions if they are caught with cannabis on VA property. These hurdles make it extremely difficult to support Veterans who rely on the product's healing properties.
Cannabis has become particularly popular amongst Veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Low doses of THC have been proven to reduce nightmares and reduce fear and anxiety during triggering episodes in certain individuals. However, it’s important to understand that cannabinoids may prove to be beneficial for anxiety in some individuals, but exacerbate fear or stress in others. Veterans tend to consume THC-rich products multiple times a day for pain relief, while others are encouraged to start slow.
Some of the most popular THC-rich products on the market include:
GMO aka GMO Cookies or Garlic Cookies is an indica dominant hybrid that is a cross between Chemdawg and GSC.
The gassiness and mintiness from the GMO combine with the Fruity Pebbles OG side of Sundae Driver for an extremely potent and useful strain. Kitchen Sink is strong and reliable.
Irish Cannonball Strain is an indica bred by Exotic Genetix. Known for his variations on the Cookies genetics, this cross of Cream D’Mint with Strawberries & Cream features a raunchy funky aroma with a creamy, caramel profile, and a deliciously sweet flavor. It may provide full-body relaxation that could become sedating.
To learn more about specific products in California, Missouri, Arizona, and Massachusetts, visit trydoobie.com or reach out to the Doobie Conierge at (888) 8DOOBIE who can assist in finding the perfect product. All Veterans receive 10% off their orders when using the code “veterans10”.
For every order placed on Veterans Day, Doobie we will be donating a portion of proceeds to Home Base, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing free clinical care, mental health support, and education to Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families. Since its inception in 2009, the organization has served over 30,000 Veterans. Cannabis consumers also have an opportunity to make a difference and advocate on behalf of Veterans everywhere! Find out ways to get involved below:
- Sign a Petition: Tell Congress and the VA that veterans deserve access to safe, legal cannabis as a life-saving treatment option. You can learn more about the petition here.
- Volunteer for an Organization: National nonprofits like Home Base and Wounded Warrior Project are always looking for volunteers.
- Call your Representatives: Contact your local representatives and demand that Veterans receive more access
Are you a Veteran or Service Member? Use the code “veterans10” to receive a 10% off discount year round.