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19 million. There are currently 19 million veterans in the United States and, out of those 19 million, 78% served during times of war. That’s a staggering statistic – over ¾ of United States Veterans have seen active combat.
Out of these veterans, there are three times of war with significant post-traumatic stress disorder statistics:
~11-20 out of every 100 vets who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
~12 out of every 100 vets who served during Operation Desert Storm, and
~15 out of every 100 vets who served during the Vietnam War
While PTSD symptoms range from minor to debilitating, one can be unsure when a trigger will present itself, making management key. Current PTSD treatments include antidepressants, which come with a slew of undesirable side effects, such as anxiety, nausea, troubles sleeping, loss of appetite, loss of memory, and even feelings of “numbness.”
Veterans deserve access to cannabis – no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The alternative medicine has shown significant efficacies in quelling PTSD symptoms and chronic pain, also common in veterans, with limited negative outcomes. While this access is deserved, unfortunately, the current scheduling of cannabis by the Drug Enforcement Agency is a sticking point. Marijuana is labeled as a schedule 1 drug, one with no medicinal value and a high rate of dependency. Because healthcare is managed through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, discussing medical cannabis with a V.A. provider is out of the question, let alone monetary aid.
Thankfully, veterans can get a medical marijuana card in Florida – and, groups like HeroGrown® are working diligently to expand access to veterans.
HeroGrown was born out of an unlikely pairing – a conservative, veteran father and his son, a medical cannabis cultivator. Roger Martin, a vet and retired police officer, was like many veterans – he sought help from the V.A, where he was prescribed oxycontin and Ambien. Nick pushed his father to try medical cannabis and, with Nick’s help, was able to wean and detox off of the opioid and sedative.
“He credited cannabis with providing him a new lease on life.” - HeroGrown
Nick and Roger knew that, like Roger, countless more veterans were in need of this alternative medicine, whether for chronic pain in place of opioids, or PTSD in place of numbing antidepressants. They began giving it away for free in their home state of Nevada and, in 2014, held the first-ever cannabis giveaway for veterans.
This premise was carried over to their nonprofit, where HeroGrown’s objective is to provide cannabis as a viable alternative medicine. Nick and Roger firmly believe that “American Heroes deserve the right to use the medicine of their choice without risking their job, medical benefits, or freedom.”
Since its founding in 2011, the foundation has disbursed $4,000,000 worth of medical cannabis and hemp-derived CBD products to veterans. Too, HeroGrown provides education on cannabis as alternative medicine to veterans, and works with lobbyists and state legislatures to “end the war on American heroes who choose cannabis.”
MÜV Supports HeroGrown
This Veterans Day, MÜV is lending a hand to HeroGrown’s mission, with your help. A portion of all proceeds raised on November 11, 2021 will be donated to HeroGrown to further support our veterans nationwide. Shop now to support this remarkable organization.