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Veterans and CBD

Happy Veterans Day to all of our military friends out there!  We thank you today and every day for your service and dedication to our country. 
 
Today we’re offering 10% off all products (except capsules and dog treats) in honor of our military service using code THANKYOUVETS.  For every time the code is used today, we will donate a percentage of our proceeds to Project 4-22.
 
About Project 4-22
Based in Missouri, Project 4-22 aims to “educate about the potential of cannabis in relation to healthcare and more specifically, veterans.”  The board works pro-bono and consists of veterans, doctors, cannabis advocates, and researchers and supports their motto “Science, Research, Education!”  Project 4-22 specifically highlights the issues within the current model of healthcare for veterans suffering with PTSD & chronic pain.  They aim to inform as many as possible about the potential benefits of the cannabis plant for our military.  We want to better support our veterans by giving them the tools they need to live healthy lives! 
 
What is PTSD
PTSD is post traumatic stress disorder, a psychiatric disorder that can affect people who have witnessed highly stressful and traumatic events.  These can include natural disasters, combat, & sexual assault, among others.  Some of the most common symptoms for PTSD include intense feelings of distress when there is no current stress, nightmares, flashbacks, disassociation, emotional numbing, insomnia, & mood swings, to name a few.  These feelings can be short episodes or can be the constant norm for those suffering from trauma. 
 
Current Methods for Support
With the majority of our military suffering from some type of PTSD, we seek to find a better support system for their health.  There are two primary therapies that the VA uses to support veteran, medication and talk therapy.  Medications like opioids and pain killers are most commonly used for trauma and chronic pain and have laundry lists of side effects that can include even deeper depressions and suicide.  Often times these prescribed medications can make the dissociation and numbness even worse than before or cause further health issues.  It’s not abnormal for substance abuse habits to develop in order to self-medicate when the prescriptions do not fully help.  In addition to drugs, talk therapy is encouraged to release old thought patterns, but many would prefer not to talk. 
 
Potential Benefits of CBD
Studies on cannabis for PTSD and chronic pain have been growing in the last few years. Some sources have shown that cannabidiol (CBD) can have a positive affect on the human body’s ability to maintain emotional homeostasis.  Since CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, it can help regulate the release of neurotransmitters that can have a wide variety of effects on the nervous system.  These can include euphoric feelings and memory processes, allowing the affected to feel some ease in mind.  CBD has offered many relief from insomnia and anxiety, as well as, chronic pain.  While it can affect everyone differently, we’re optimistic in what we’ve seen so far!  We look forward to the future of this plant’s role in healing!
 
If you’re not sure where to start with CBD, read through some of our other blogs like CBD or Isolate v Distillate to get an idea of where to start.  We’re here for you if you need us, so reach out with any questions.
 
Read more about Project 4-22 Here!
More Research Here