Thank you for your interest in supporting the advancement of Veteran's health through cannabis. This project will last from March, 2019 - December 2019 and will consist of two parts:
1.) The Cannabis Advancement Event Series
The second Cannabis Advancement Conference in Holyoke, MA called "Entrepreneurship and Equity in the Cannabis Industry" is intended to engage local experts in entrepreneurship and workforce development while prioritizing social equity, creating paths for minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities and sexual orientation and ensuring those who have been disproportionately harmed by the drug war in Massachusetts have access. The event will also review local western MA leading municipalities embracing cannabis for overall economic development. Additional issues including workforce training, prioritizing local hiring, municipal support for social equity, the CCC social equity and economic empowerment program, big business and small business working together, and issues such as capital and partnerships for small businesses will be discussed. Additionally, the event will include topics around increasing access for veterans as entrepreneurs and some of the barriers veterans and general communities face accessing medical cannabis.
2) Veteran's Citizen Science Project: Veterans will take an anonymous survey and receive one time and annual discounts for participating in the program from 40 participating partners. The project will hire veterans to moderate monthly support groups at participating partner locations, and partners will get increased visibility through cross-promotion of discounts/vouchers with other participating partners.
Participating in this program is donating to the Veterans Alternative Health 501c3 non-profit. All contributions to the program are tax deductible.
Veterans Alternative Healing (VAH) and C3RN
Veterans Health and Cannabis Citizen Science Study
Thank you for your interest in participating in the Veterans Health and Cannabis Citizen Science Study led by Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) and UMass Dartmouth, in collaboration with Veterans Alternative Healing (VAH).
You are being asked to participate in a voluntary anonymous research study led by Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) in collaboration with UMass Dartmouth. You will be able to see the results of your answers compared to others who have responded at the end of the survey and get discounts for medical cannabis products in Massachusetts!
This survey is intended to be taken by anyone over the age of 21 years who is a veteran of the United States military. The survey will ask questions related to your current health status, health treatment regimens and medications, current use of cannabis (if applicable), and issues related to the quality of life, access to insurance options, service history and demographics.
This form provides you with information about the study. If you have questions about this study please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your participation is entirely voluntary. You can refuse to participate without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. You can stop your participation at any time and your refusal will not impact current or future relationships with UMass Dartmouth or C3RN. You may skip any questions that you are not comfortable answering. To discontinue participation you should close your internet browser window. Please print this consent form for your records.
In addition to contributing to policy and advocacy through this study as veterans, you will be able to see your results and how they compare to others who take the survey. You can also elect to learn more about an observational trial for cannabis and veterans led by Dr. Staci Gruber, McLean Hospital/Harvard. You will also receive discounts for the following registered medical cannabis dispensaries and topical CBD producer in Massachusetts for participating in this anonymous survey:
Revolutionary Clinics in Somerville and Cambridge, MA
The Botanist in Worcester, MA
BASK in Fairhaven, MA
Healing Rose, CBD Products, Andover, MA
INSA in Easthampton and Springfield, MA
Central Ave Compassionate Care, Ayer, MA
If you agree to be in this study, we will ask you to complete a 100+question survey.
Total estimated time to participate in the study is less than 50 minutes. WE THANK YOU for your time and input! We will use the information you provide to provide recommendations for increasing national and local access to medical cannabis for veterans.
Risks of being in the study: Some questions are sensitive in nature, asking about your service history. You can stop the survey at any time if you do not want to answer any question.
Benefits of being in the study: Your participation helps to build the body of knowledge regarding medical cannabis patient and consumer preferences, benefits, information needs, stigma, and access to cannabis.
The project has also partnered with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) of Massachusetts for this survey. Anonymous data you share will be analyzed and a policy memo will be prepared for the DAV to be used for state and federal level advocacy to increase access to medical cannabis for Veterans who wish to have alternative options for managing their health conditions. C3RN clinical study partners include Healer.com, Dr. Staci Gruber, and Dr. Ryan Zaklin. You can learn more here: www.cannacenterofexcellence.org/veteran
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission of removing barriers and getting disabled veterans the alternatives they want to help them find healing.
Veterans, as a community must be part of the healing of our brothers and sisters, and the answer to the veteran suicide epidemic.
Of all the lessons that any veteran learns in their military career, the most important one is taking care of each other, and never leave one of our own behind. Throughout our service that BOND solidifies into what keeps us alive on the battlefield .
Too many veterans end up isolating themselves, stuck alone, many times on deadly medications, like opioids, and benzodiazepines which makes things worse. Our goal is to continue the mission and help each other heal, by getting veterans outdoors and surround them with the peers and without STIGMA.
A veterans finances should never be a barrier to healing. We do all we can to help provide access to treatments not available through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and not covered by health insurance, at reasonable prices for those with a Service Connected disability rating. With a focus on those with a 100% permanent and total rating.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. Yoga helps your mental and physical being, releases stress, and expands your energy.
A flat pod/tank, is a lightless, soundproof tank filled with salt water at skin temperature, in which individuals float. They were first used in 1954 to test the effects of sensory deprivation.
In 2014, a study found that states with medical marijuana laws saw 25% fewer deaths from opioid overdose compared to states without. Has caused Zero overdose deaths.
Service connected means that the veteran is disabled due to injury or illness that was incurred in or aggravated by military service
The Executive in Charge, Office of the Under Secretary for Health, directs a health care system with an annual budget of approximately $68 billion, overseeing the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans
When a Veteran has one service connected condition at 60%, or a total rating of 70% with one being at least 40%, the Veteran can request a 100% schedular TDIU rating.
(Total Disability Individual Unemployability)
NO DEATH FROM OVERDOSE OF CANNABIS REPORTED