Soldiers, the people who protect our country from the bad, and keep us safe. We all have the tendency to forget that they are also human. They are someone’s child, maybe a father, mother, husband, or wife.
A Lot of our soldiers return home with injuries, cannabis can help as a pain reliever and is by far a greater option than opioids and other prescription drugs. Not all injuries are visible, some of the soldiers have seen far worse than we can imagine. There is no easy way to heal the pains of your psychic.
There is a disorder known as PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), cannabis can reduce and help our soldiers and veterans to relax. Getting into a calm state of mind is hard when you are reliving the past or the things that you have seen. Even the stress is roaming into an unknown land where there are hostile people that want to take your life.
Returning to reality needs a lot of adjustment, especially if you have been on tour for a prolonged extended period. To realize and to remind yourself that you are in friendly territory is difficult. Especially if you had to spend sleepless nights in enemy territory in or outside the Military base walls.
Prescription drugs contribute to the estimated 20 veteran suicides a day in the U.S. from registered suicides and overdose of those medications. A lot of the medication is addictive like an opioid that is a common pain relief drug. We don’t want our soldiers addicted; we want them healed. They sacrificed so much, more than they signed up for, their wellbeing must be our priority.
So, let’s give them the right medication with no side effects feeling less stressed and pain-free. Why not make cannabis free for our soldiers and veterans? Veterans groups like the Weed for Warriors Project, HeroGrown, and other cannabis advocacy organizations have surfaced, and they are advocating for veterans to use cannabis and to make it a more usable treatment option for our soldiers.
Our soldiers who have sacrificed so much of their well-being in service to our country deserve access to all treatments that could potentially help them manage the often-severe medical consequences of being in the frontline.
The use of medical cannabis is widely supported among veterans and veterans’ groups across the U.S. with 83 percent supporting access to medical cannabis, and 89 percent saying they would pursue the option if it was made available to them.
Cannabis Legacy in Vietnam
Media reports grabbed headlines as they showed the world that the U.S soldiers are smoking marijuana while in the field, which led to the military wanting to stop soldiers from smoking marijuana while in Vietnam.
While the term Medicating or Self Medicating was not even a term, soldiers used marijuana for medical reasons to help them sleep at night, help stop the nightmares, and thus it became medical marijuana. They were not under the influence or high on duty as they had to be aware of their surroundings.
In the rear as they would call it because they were not on the frontlines at the time, a lot of soldiers smoked marijuana to relax and unwind. It was their own coping mechanism.
As our soldiers are fighting for our freedom a third of them has used cannabis before as a coping mechanism and to unwind from the battlefield stress that is being put on their bodies and minds. A growing number of veterans from the Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan conflicts are using cannabis to treat PTSD as well as chronic pain and other alignments.
Help our soldiers
Make cannabis free for our soldiers and veterans. The U.S. military medical budget will also benefit. It will help the soldiers cope and to normalize themselves back at home.
They can rather smoke marijuana than to drown away their sorrows from the stress of fighting for our freedom and Great American Rights. Our soldiers are already fighting the enemies, so don’t make them fight themselves or an addiction.