Choices: The Time Is Now For “Weed For Warriors Project”
Weed For Warriors Project – The time has definitely come to make new choices in the medical care of our Veterans, for we are at the tipping point of a major crisis. This quote says it all…
“The unprecedented use of prescription drugs by soldiers and veterans began during the second Gulf War and continues unabated today, Dr. Peter Breggin said, adding, “The combination of increasing prescribing of such drugs during and after military service has led to violence and suicide and in many cases to chronic mental disability while being treated at the VA. This becomes a disability from which they often can’t recover because of multiple psychiatric drugs.”
~International Business Times April 2014
After reading several studies on the ability of hemp-woven sheets to kill Staph infections, I quickly jumped on the Hemp, Inc. train. These scientific studies were profoundly eye-opening to the many medical implications of hemp. If you know anything about Staph, you know that it is at epidemic proportions in hospitals, nationwide and MRSA, a highly contagious form of Staph, is now completely resistant to all antibiotics. So, the very thought that sheets made of hemp could destroy this dastardly bacteria left me wanting to know more about the medical uses of the cannabis plant, especially for our nation’s Veterans. Both for those returning from war, and those in transition, I was determined to discover if cannabis could play a positive role. This was a major turning point in my life, and my personal mission.
Weed for Warriors Project – Veterans Medical Care Choices
I’ve personally spent more than 30 years as an end-of-life-care volunteer, in the Veteran’s Administration. As a Veteran myself, I have acquired an acute awareness of the Veteran’s needs. Along the path of the volunteer, I’ve accrued a pretty good idea of how the VA system works to treat illnesses that were usually contracted while the Veterans were still in active serve. At the very forefront, these conditions include Traumatic Brain Injury, and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. This fact led me to do some research on the organization, Weed for Warriors Project (www.wfwproject.org).
This group of diligent Veterans is committed to creating a national awareness of the unbelievable possibilities found in cannabis as a medical option to all other prescription drugs they are been given. Many Veterans are living in a total fog due to the “drug cocktails” (a combination of several pain and psychiatric drugs) they are taking on a daily basis. In combination, these drugs are causing our veterans to feel lost, become enraged and perpetrate violence on those they love the most.
“The number of veterans prescribed opiates and other pain medications through Veterans Affairs has declined under a drug safety initiative but the aggressive monitoring program may have deadly consequences for some who turn to street drugs or suicide to stop their pain.”
~Military Times March 2014
Feeling driven to change the reality of this egregious condition plaguing our veterans, I reached out to the founder of Weed for Warriors, Kevin Richardson. In my many conversations with him, and other members of the project, leI was astounded to learn that when Veterans were weaned off of the prescription drugs, and were prescribed cannabis instead – either edibles or vaporizers – their behavior was altered in the most amazing way. Subsequently, all of the things that usually would irritate and annoy them, suddenly did not. Their family relationships improved as cannabis helped them to be empathetic, calm and present. Thoughts of suicide, divorce and homicide have been dramatically decreased as the result of Veterans implementing their choice for medical cannabis. I found this to be amazing and of paramount importance. It was awe-inspiring for me to hear that cannabis was actually helping these courageous men and women rebuild their lives and closest relationships.
I was elated by the thought of Cannabis – a simple weed found on all five continents – as a mighty medical agent capable of restoring sanity and a sense of self-pride to our Veterans after they’ve survived the atrocities of combat. Therefore, we must make what appears to be an easier choice: that the Veteran’s Administration starts to prescribe medical cannabis. If this action will save American families from the often fatal side effects of military service, what are we waiting for? We cannot allow the marriages of our Moms and Dads, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, who have risked everything for our freedom, to become just more casualties of war. I believe it is time for all of us to become involved in this issue. Please do your own research on this subject, and I urge you to write your members of Congress regarding the passage of bills to legalize the use of medical cannabis. By taking these simple, proactive steps we can all make a difference in the quality of life our Veterans can enjoy.
As I read recently, and agree vehemently:
“You can tell a lot about a country by the way they treat their Veterans.”
Our country has always been known for its greatness and commitment to the inalienable right to freedom for all. Understanding the use of medical cannabis and fighting for our Veteran’s rights to a fulfilling life, post military service, is now one of the crucial factors in our country’s continuing commitment to freedom and greatness. We must now, as a nation, take a united stand for cannabis as an alternative choice in the medical protocol available to our Veterans!
Article Written by Dannion Brinkley
Co-Founder, The Twilight Brigade