BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Heady Vermont offers fourth year veterans cannabis and CBD products.
“It has helped with anxiety, depression, and sleep, and all of those struggles that came with the injury,” said Justin Harris.
While serving in the Army, Harris said an explosion ended his career. For years, doctors prescribed pain medication to help him cope.
“I once had up to 1,000 milligrams a day. 10 years ago I had a daughter and I just went to my doctor and said it wasn’t working for me. I mean, it helps with the pain, but I’m a zombie. I am deaf impaired. There has to be something else. “
Monica Donovan, owner of Heady Vermont, believes cannabis products can be “something else”.
People 21 and older can own up to an ounce of marijuana in Vermont. But it’s not yet legal to sell for recreational purposes. Vermont also regulates the sale of CBD or hemp products.
“People use it for sleep, like I said, for PTSD, pain, and chronic pain,” Donovan explained.
She says the group distributed the bags under Vermont law.
“We don’t sell anything. This is a gift event. There is nothing to sell and there is a limit to how much we can spend. “
Cannabis is considered a List 1 drug and Dept. of Healthcare Provider in the United States. of Veterans Affairs are not allowed to prescribe medical cannabis to patients.
According to the VA, “Research to date does not support cannabis as an effective PTSD treatment, and some studies suggest that cannabis can be harmful, especially when used over a long period of time. Given these concerns, cannabis is not recommended for the treatment of PTSD. “
But, according to Donovan, about a dozen veterans attend the event every year, claiming cannabis has been beneficial to them.
Air Force veteran Robert Harris says the turn to CBD helped him regain control of his life.
“I had arthritis and bursitis really bad,” said Harris. “I can’t believe the fact that I can actually walk around the block now that I can’t halfway to my mailbox, which is about 100 meters. It just changed me so much. “
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