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Healing Military Veterans With Cannabis


veterans medical marijuana harborsideHarborside Commemorates The 4/20 Holiday

“At a time when more vets die of suicide than combat, bringing our vets the knowledge that cannabis is effective for PTSD is truly a life-saving mission,” says Harborside Health Center Executive Director Steve DeAngelo. “Harborside is honored to be a part of that mission.”

Veterans seeking resources for cannabis education will benefit from a 4/20 collaboration between District Footwear of Alameda and Harborside Health Center, the country’s largest medical cannabis dispensary based in Oakland. This project is designed to promote Harborside’s signature motto, Out of the Shadows, Into the Light, while advocating awareness and contributing resources to the Freedom Fighter Scholarship Fund (http://www.indiegogo.com/ouvets), which provides tuition scholarships for veterans at Oaksterdam University.

In 2012, U.S. military suicides hit a record 349—as reported in January by The Associated Press—surpassing the number of American soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan that year. While some officials expect the numbers to rise in 2013, the tragedy may be alleviated by the use of cannabis. According to substantial studies collected by the Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, medical cannabis is a safer and more effective way to treat PTSD than traditionally prescribed pharmaceuticals.

Harborside Health Center will host representatives from District Footwear at 1840 Embarcadero for a Harborside/District pop-up shop on Saturday, April 20, offering the collaborative logo t-shirt ($25) and hoodie ($49). To provide access to the larger community, these garments are also offered at District Footwear at 1322 Park Street in Alameda and on their website (www.districtfootwear.com).

4/20 Commemoration Weekend at Harborside Health Center

In celebration of the national 4/20 holiday, patient-members of Harborside Health Center in San Jose and Oakland will receive a wonderful array of opportunities all weekend long to participate and celebrate cannabis. Free super melts will be given in-store with the purchase of dab/vape equipment, $50 Red Congolese will be available, and a half-ounce discount will be given to any four eighths that are High Grade or Top Shelf.

On Saturday, April 20, free HHC merchandise will be given to the first 420 patients; a free edible will be given with every purchase, including online for HHC delivery patients; $5 pre-rolls will be available to all patients with a limit of FIVE per patient; and $150 “door-buster” ounces will be available (in-store only) while supplies last.


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  1. The exact relationship is not 100% understood, but cannabis reduces suicides. According to Anderson & Rees, states that enact compassionate use legislation (medical cannabis) see a 9% drop in suicides for men ages 30-39 and an 11% drop in suicides for men ages 20-29. Men between the ages of 20 and 39 — that’s the demographic of most of our combat veterans. Even a 9-11% reduction in suicides is statistically relevant when we’re talking about the lives of those who have served.

    Sadly, the closest thing we have to clinical proof that the activation of cannabinoid receptors in the brain is linked to maintaining a healthy mental state were the clinical trials of a diet drug from the United Kingdom called Rimonabant. The thinking behind this diet pill was that, if cannabis gives people “the munchies”, then blocking the cannabinoid receptors in the brain would suppress appetite. Blocking a receptor means binding a receptor antagonist to the receptor without activating it, thus disrupting/preventing the normal activation of that receptor until the antagonist degrades. Rimonabant was a CB1 receptor antagonist, that would block the activation of those receptors in the brain. I’m not sure whether any of the trial subjects lost or gained weight because the trial had to be halted. There were at least four suicides and severe psychiatric problems among the other trial subjects, including rage, insomnia, and clinical depression.

    Here in the US, we have vets who have been traumatized by multiple deployments to TWO different wars. Cannabis can and SHOULD be fully utilized by vets who need to treat their PTSD. They need help sleeping and laughing again after experiencing the horrific realities of war. Especially given the VA backlog. “Delay, deny, wait til I die” shouldn’t be the mantra our veterans recite and I’m certain that supplementing the endocannabinoid system of these soldiers WILL help them as well as ease the pressure on the VA so that the ones that have other problems can get their claims processed.
    But it makes too much sense for us to let vets use cannabis, so the useless sacks of corporate money in Washington will never let it happen.

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