Call for all Vermont Veterans: 4th Cannabis Sweepstakes is Sunday | Companies

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BURLINGTON – Continuing an annual tradition of gratitude for the service and healing of the physical and psychological trauma of war, Heady Vermont will host its fourth annual Veterans Day cannabis giveaway on Sunday.

Due to the List 1 status of cannabis, healthcare providers with Veteran Affairs cannot prescribe medical cannabis to patients. The VA website describes cannabis use among veterans as “a problem of growing concern” and says that “research to date does not support cannabis as an effective PTSD treatment”.

Given the barriers that state illegality poses to cannabis research, there is limited research into the effectiveness of cannabis as a treatment for many conditions afflicting veterans. What does exist suggest that cannabis can be used effectively to treat conditions such as chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, which affect up to 20 percent of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

In addition to providing veterans with access to cannabis flowers and products, the giveaway also serves as a safe place for veterans to learn and network. This is even more important in pandemic times when anxiety is high, mental health is tight, and isolation is common – all high risk factors for veterans. To help our vets maintain these important human connections, Heady is offering free memberships to former service members until the day of the raffle.

On Sundays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., veterans 21 and older can come to the Heady offices in Vermont and collect free flowers, food, concentrates, or anything Heady has on hand. Available until supply is exhausted.

Heady Vermont is looking for donations of cannabis products from breeders or manufacturers who want to share more. People can make THC and CBD donations at the Heady offices in Burlington. Visit headyvermont.com/Donors for drop-off times. This event is 21-plus.