When a major problem exists, there’s a great opportunity for a company or a segment of an industry to come in and create a solution. This is where companies go from barely known startups to culture-changing profit-generators. And, when the problem has to do with health matters that have reached a critical mass, the opportunity for businesses to serve the greater good is even more enormous.
A group of stakeholders who need solutions right now are veterans and their loved ones. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is increasing at an alarming rate among those who serve in the military. But more often than not, the VA doesn’t provide the proper care our vets need.
Up to 24 million Americans are living with PTSD, according to the Centers for Disease Control – and 22 veterans suffering from PTSD commit suicide in the United States every day.
The associated anxiety, depression, and physical pain also has helped feed an escalating opioid addiction problem– and veterans are the most vulnerable demographic to struggle with this type of addiction. They’re also twice as likely to die from an opioid overdose.
The founding members of the National Institute for Cannabis Investors have talked to dozens of doctors and researchers this year in New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and beyond. The word we keep hearing is: epidemic.
PTSD – and pain in general – isn’t just going to go away. But support is growing for cannabis as a treatment for PTSD. And that’s helping drive public opinion in favor of reversing cannabis prohibitions as much as perhaps any single factor, which that opens up a whole world of opportunities.
Let’s take a look at some of the how and the who involved here…