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Cannabis for the Veteran & Military Communities

“A department survey suggests that nearly a million veterans may be using medical cannabis. But doctors in the veterans’ health system say the department’s lack of research has left them without much good advice to give veterans.” - New York Times

The Department of Veterans Affairs health system won’t recommend Cannabis products for patients. That puts the department out of step with most of the country. Several US states currently have laws that allow the use of medical marijuana in some form. Additionally, CBD products derived from hemp are currently legally readily available for purchase throughout the United States. Blaze Therapeutics provides Cannabis education and guidance on therapeutic CBD products derived from hemp and other plant-derived, holistic therapeutic products. Blaze Therapeutics is dedicated to supporting the efforts of our military veterans by providing access to high quality products that aim to improve overall health and wellness.

  • ​Chronic pain, or pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks, is common among the approximately 20 million veterans in the United States today. More than 50% of veterans receiving care at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities across the country are affected by the condition. 

  • Musculoskeletal pain (often caused by an injury to the bones, muscles, nerves, and/or connective tissue) is the most common chronic pain complaint among veterans. Between 2000 and 2011, approximately 5 million veterans (nearly 55% of VHA patients) were diagnosed with one or more musculoskeletal disorders.

  • Since 2000, more than 370,000 US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These types of head injuries can also lead to chronic pain, especially headache.

  • Chronic pain syndromes are more common among female veterans. For example, musculoskeletal conditions are among the leading contributors to the health profile of female veterans, and are more common in women than in men

  • An estimated 15 to 35 % of veterans with chronic pain have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Witnessing or experiencing life-threatening traumas or injuries can lead to PTSD, which is often characterized by symptoms such as persistent thoughts about the event, nightmares, and jitters, even months after the incident.

The Stats:

Serving Veterans 

American Veterans experience a higher prevalence of pain and more severe pain than non-Veterans, with young and middle-aged Veterans suffering the most, according to an analysis of data from the 2010-2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). With an estimated 15 to 35% of Veterans with chronic pain also having PTSD, it isn't surprising that a survey by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that nearly a million veterans may be using Cannabis for medical purposes.

Unfortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs health system doesn’t currently recommend Cannabis products for patients, leaving Veterans stranded when it comes to navigating the Cannabis market for therapeutic products. CBD products derived from hemp are currently readily available for purchase throughout the United States by a variety of manufacturers and brand owners. Blaze Therapeutics provides Cannabis medicine and science educational courses and guidance for healthcare professionals and consumers on how to responsibly consume CBD products and other plant-based therapeutic products, that have gone through the rigorous  Responsible  Distribution model. Blaze Therapeutics is not only U.S. Veteran owned, but is also dedicated to supporting the highest achievable quality of life for military Veterans by providing access to resources and educational guidance for overall health and wellness.

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