Our nations Veterans are facing a crisis and need a treatment option other than prescription medications. Veterans are taking their own lives at unprecedented rates. It is a fact that more than 22 Veterans commit suicide each day. Veterans also die at a 50% higher rate from accidental overdose than civilians. The Veterans Administration continues to not listen to Veterans and the personal success stories that thousands of Veterans across our great country share on a daily basis. Those success stories all revolve around cannabis use and how effective it is in treating PTSD and chronic pain. As overdose rates and suicides continue to go up in our country, the rate of deaths associated from cannabis stays steady at ZERO. No one has ever overdosed and died from cannabis and no one ever will. It is our mission at VFC to end the needless suicides and accidental overdoses that are plaguing our Veterans and civilians too.
Veterans For Cannabis has teamed up with Medicinal Genomics and Potent LTD to solve all of these problems with a joint effort program. Veterans can now gain access to genetically certified DNA sequenced cannabis strains. The program consists of a 3 phased approach.
- Providing a legal option in all 50 states of DNA sequenced and chemically analyzed hemp CBD oil to Veterans and civilians. Providing a dosing schedule and a dropper that is included on the bottles of hemp CBD oil that can be measured and dosed accurately. Veterans will be able to track their progress through the Veterans For Cannabis Foundation database that will help us collect data that will hopefully force the Federal and state governments to make the changes necessary to allow Veterans access to medical cannabis across the country.
- VFC will work to get DNA sequenced certified cannabis strains on the shelf in dispensaries across the country in each state that has a medical cannabis program. This is so that Veterans can rest assured knowing they are getting the same medicine every single time. As many of you all know who are getting medicine at dispensaries now, 3 out of 4 times your particular strain will work well but then that 4th time it doesn't work the same. The cannabis you purchased looked the same, tasted the same, yet it did not result in the same symptom relief as had been previously experienced. That is because the genetics have not been certified and it is not the same medicine as before. We will provide VFC certified cannabis strains so you can have absolute confidence that the product is exactly what it is advertised as.
- VFC will work to get VFC certified cannabis on the shelves in recreational dispensaries in the states that have a recreational program. This cannabis will be at a lower cost to VFC members because we only work with growers who are willing to help Veterans out and offer cannabis at a much lower cost. You will show your VFC issued ID card and the dispensary will show you the options for the DNA sequenced cannabis strains that are in the VFC program. Veterans often have to purchase recreational cannabis at recreational prices because those states do not allow PTSD and chronic pain in their medical cannabis program. So Veterans are forced to pay recreational prices for medicine. We will offer VFC certified cannabis at recreational shops at or below medical prices.
VFC FOUNDED BY JOSHUA LITTRELL--COMBAT VETERAN
A United States Air Force Combat Veteran who served two tours overseas (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom) as a Bio-Environmental Engineer focusing on Occupational Health and Environmental Protection in peacetime and Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) detection and analysis in wartime, Joshua Littrell discovered medical cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain and degenerative disc disease as well as PTSD. The effects of cannabis transformed Joshua's life, allowing him to significantly reduce the amount of prescription medication provided to him by the Veterans Administration and live a clear-headed and productive life he feared that had been Iost to chronic pain and PTSD.
Armed with a new appreciation for cannabis's effectiveness and safety and a passion to serve his fellow Veterans, Joshua has worked tirelessly for the past few years to promote legalization of medical cannabis in his home state of Georgia and other states in the South. His goal: to "end the needless deaths associated with accidental prescription pain medication overdose and reduce the number of suicides associated with PTSD and Chronic Pain".
For any questions or immediate information on ways to get involved you can reach Joshua at 770-490-2341 or his email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CBD, or cannabidiol, is quickly changing the debate surrounding the use of marijuana as a medicine.
Most people have heard of a chemical called THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD — and for good reason.
Because while doctors can’t seem to look past certain side effects of THC, CBD doesn’t appear to present that problem. On the other hand, evidence of CBD’s medical benefits continues to grow.
Here are five facts that you should know about this unique compound:
1. CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis
CBD is one of over 140 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.
CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD.
However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years.
2. CBD is non-psychoactive
Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users, it gives the chemical a significant advantage as a medicine, since health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.
CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.
A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety concludes that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.
3. CBD has a wide range of medical benefits
Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:
Medical Properties of CBD Effects
Antiemetic--Reduces nausea and vomiting
Anticonvulsant--Suppresses seizure activity
Antipsychotic--Combats psychosis disorders
Anti-inflammatory--Combats inflammatory disorders
Anti-oxidant--Combats neurodegenerative disorders
Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer--Combats tumor and cancer cells
Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant--Combats anxiety and depression disorders
Unfortunately, most of this evidence comes from animals, since very few studies on CBD have been carried out in human patients.
But a pharmaceutical version of CBD was recently developed by a drug company based in the UK. The company, GW Pharmaceuticals, is now funding clinical trials on CBD as a treatment for schizophrenia and certain types of epilepsy.
Likewise, a team of researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center, led by Dr. Sean McAllister, has stated that they hope to begin trials on CBD as a breast cancer therapy.
4. CBD reduces the negative effects of THC
CBD seems to offer natural protection against the marijuana high. Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia.
CBD also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness.
A patent awarded to the U.S. Health and Human Services in 2003 (US6630507) also covers the use of CBD as a treatment for various neurodegenerative and inflammatory disorders.