Verilife Dispensaries Give Back to Our Veterans
As we get ready for Veterans Day, thanking our armed forces for their service and sacrifice, Verilife dispensaries are lending support to veterans by partnering with the Bob Woodruff Foundation. From November 8-14, Verilife dispensaries across the country will donate 5% of all sales from all matter. products to the Bob Woodruff Foundation to support the nonprofit’s grants, programs, and research to help our veterans.
Veterans & Support for Cannabis Use
Cannabis can be a resource for veterans dealing with visible and invisible injuries after returning from duty, despite its exclusion from VA coverage. Nonprofits like the Bob Woodruff Foundation and major veterans groups like the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) have advocated for cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain and mental health disorders. This has become especially important in recent years, as studies have found that VA patients are twice as likely to die from accidental overdoses as the general public.
According to DAV:
- Chronic pain is a condition that affects 60% of veterans from deployments to the Middle East and 50% of older veterans.
- An estimated 68,000 veterans—about 13% of the total population of veterans currently taking opioids—have an opioid-use disorder.
- A study from 2013 found that opioid prescriptions for veterans increased by 270% over a 12-year period.
In combat history, what was long-ago referred to as “shell shock,” is known today as a distinct medical condition, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There is still a lot to learn about PTSD —especially when it comes to cannabis as a potential aid. Fortunately, the first placebo-controlled, double-blind study on cannabis use among veterans diagnosed with PTSD was published at the beginning of 2021. The study was conducted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and it showed improvement among participants who smoked cannabis blends with higher levels of THC and CBD. While more studies are needed, this is an important first step in understanding how cannabis could help our veterans.
About The Bob Woodruff Foundation
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was wounded by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, BWF has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans, including suicide prevention, mental health, caregiver support, and food insecurity. To date, BWF has invested over $80 million to Find, Fund and Shape™ programs that have empowered impacted veterans, service members, and their family members across the nation, reinforcing the message that BWF has ‘Got Your Six’.
Find your local dispensary to help support the mission of the Bob Woodruff Foundation from November 8-14.
Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.