Cannabis company working alongside Veterans organization to provide servicemen with medical pot

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

A cannabis wholesale delivery company is providing U.S. military veterans with discounted membership for cannabis products sold on its website.

Flower Co. recently revealed that it would be presenting serviceman with a 30-50 percent price reduction on membership.

The annual membership fee is usually priced at $119. Included in the membership is exclusive access to the company’s range of products containing cannabis, which has been studied for its potential in relieving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

PTSD is a common medical condition endured by ex-servicemen who have been faced with traumatic experiences during combat. Symptoms range from anxiety and depression to insomnia and nightmares. 

Who is Flower Co.?

Headquartered where America’s biggest cannabis market can be found – California – Flower Co. is a company with a vision to simplify cannabis access to individuals in-need of plant medicines.

By offering membership options, consumers can purchase cannabis products on a subscription basis. Their business model enables individuals to pay less for weed-based products, including cartridges, edibles, pre-rolls, vaporizer Pax pods and smokeable flower.

“We built Flower Co. on the premise that every person deserves safe, fair and affordable access to cannabis,” said , Ted Lichtenberger – co-founder and CEO of the cannabis company offering discounts for veterans. “Our military veterans, who risk their life for our country, are no exception to this, which is why we are offering them a complimentary membership to our services.”

Flower Co. has joined forces with the Veterans Cannabis Group to ensure U.S. Military veterans can medicate with weed, as opposed to opioids. In order to carry out their initiative, veterans were questioned by the Flower Co. team about their needs and desires for obtaining cannabis products.

A string of videos are set to be published online highlighting these interviews, which will raise awareness and educate the general public. (You can view one of the interviews at the bottom of this post.)

Cannabis demonstrates potential in helping veterans with anxiety, pain and PTSD

Anxiety, chronic pain and PTSD are two commonly diagnosed conditions among veterans. These debilitating ailments are included on the list of qualifying conditions for many of the 33 U.S. states that have legalized medical cannabis, in addition to the District of Columbia.

Opioid painkillers and medications often prescribed to veterans who have endured injuries in combat, such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone. However, opiates are dangerous and addictive; 72,000 people in the U.S. died from overdoses in 2018.

“I can attest to the multitude of health issues that veterans face after their service ends,” said founder of Veterans Cannabis Group and U.S. Army Veteran, Aaron Augustis. “In my experience, the medicinal effects of cannabis have had a positive impact when dealing with traumatic events, and it’s important that our veterans have cannabis as an option.”

Various studies have spotlighted how cannabis could successfully replace opioids. Regardless, the plant’s Schedule I classification has put the brakes on medical cannabis research. On the plus side, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced it will be taking steps to change this.

“Veterans will not be denied VA benefits because of [cannabis] use,” the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs confirmed on its website.