The cannabis industry recognizes that their products can be helpful to veterans. Here at O.pen we are proud to sell vape pen batteries that not only appeal to veterans but also give back to these heroes who have put their lives on the line for freedom. Our Veteran vape batteries donates a percentage of proceeds to Hero Grown, an organization that is dedicated to helping veterans gain access to safer alternatives to pharmacy prescriptions. Many veterans can suffer from withdrawal and addiction to prescription medications, which are commonly prescribed for injuries and psychological disorders suffered during their military service. We hope to provide a safer alternative for our veterans to achieve relief through cannabis after their service.
Available in an American flag or camo design, these 510-thread vape pen batteries are the most common type of vaporizer battery for vaping pre-filled CBD and THC oil cartridges. O.pen has been in the cannabis industry since 2010 and has designed their vaporizer batteries to deliver an optimal vaping experience and a durable, long-lasting battery life. O.pen’s are designed to be versatile, customizable and easy-to-use. Our draw activated vaporizer batteries means no buttons needed to get started, you can customize your heat settings as you see fit and can charge in just 20-minutes with our rapid charge feature. Our O.pen veterans vape batteries make the best vape pen gift to any friend who is a veteran, and give back to the fearless men and women who served our country.
Studies Show Evidence that Cannabis Benefits Veterans
Cannabis has been used by many for help with pain management and sleep disorders, like insomnia. This has made cannabis an appealing option for groups like veterans who regularly struggle with managing these symptoms. In a 2016 study, it was found that 1.1 million veterans who received care through the VA Patient Aligned Care Team system were diagnosed with at least one of the following mental illnesses: PTSD, substance use disorder (SUD), anxiety, schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder. These illnesses among a number of other disorders have caused many veterans to turn to cannabis products to help with their symptom management. However, cannabis continues to be excluded from the Veterans Health Administration’s psychopharmacological repertoire. For years, veterans groups have called on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to continue to conduct research into the credibility of using medical cannabis as a treatment option and an alternative to more harmful prescription drugs like opiates.
Taking the Fight to Congress
Just recently, the Minority Veterans of America, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that supports underrepresented veterans, has submitted testimony to the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Their testimony advocates for the inclusion of cannabis and psychedelics in the Veteran Health Administration’s psychopharmacological repertoire. This request is based on the many studies that have been conducted showing the benefits of cannabis in those struggling with various post-war distress disorders. A 2020 study showed that cannabis is an effective means of treating PTSD and SUDs (substance use disorders) which a number of veterans suffer from. Another study conducted in the same year took volunteers from a focus group of 6 male veterans who used medical cannabis as a PTSD treatment. All the participants said that they viewed cannabis as a medication to manage their symptoms and did not report an urge to experience a high feeling. An additional study focused on the management of symptoms that are evident as a result of mental illnesses, such as anxiety and insomnia. Cannabis and its derivative products have been shown to help with these symptoms and overall symptom management, leading to marked overall health improvements for the veteran community.
This is not the first time that the subject of cannabis has been brought up in Congress, nor will it be the last. The Congressional Cannabis Caucus, a bipartisan caucus made up of 4 members of Congress, was formed in 2017 and focuses on rectifying federal laws that conflict with state laws regarding cannabis use. This caucus has continuously advocated for cannabis legislation, including the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE) Act, which was introduced in the 116th Congress. This bill would, in short, decriminalize marijuana by removing it from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act. This bill was passed with 228 votes and made its way to the Senate. Representative Blumenauer of Oregon’s third district has shared his intentions to introduce this bill again in the 117th Congress, citing optimism that the MORE Act will fully make its way through the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Cannabis’ Appeal Over Opiates
Cannabis appeals to a number of customer demographics for a wide variety of reasons, including its reputation of being a safer alternative to prescription medications. Cannabis products (both THC and CBD varieties) are also typically more easily accessible than prescription medications. The requirement to go through a medical evaluation to obtain a prescription, which typically needs to be fulfilled at a different location is a process that not every patient has access to.
There are also dangers to the continued usage of prescription medication. Many patients are now aware of the dangers that can come with opioid withdrawal, making them cautious to using these prescription medications in treatment. This is with good reason, as two out of three drug overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid of some type. These drugs, while beneficial for some, can prove dangerous and highly addictive for others. For many, these statistics can be enough to deter them from their use entirely, seeking safer alternatives.
This leaves many with two options: to find a symptom management alternative or endure the symptoms and pain they experience. Cannabis allows for symptom management without the dangerous effects that can occur with withdrawal. The withdrawal process of cannabis is not considered life-threatening, which for a number of prescription medications, is not the case. This reason alone is often enough reason for people to select cannabis as their alternative to symptom management over opiates
With a number of customizable options, including various ways that cannabis can be consumed, patients are largely in control of their cannabis consumption process. Cartridges, like O.pen, are incredibly popular amongst cannabis users. They come in a variety of flavors and provide a number of effects, their portableness and direcretion make them an easy choice for most cannabis consumers.
If you’re a veteran looking to use cannabis as a solution to manage your symptoms or know a veteran who could benefit from the natural relief cannabis provides consider purchasing an O.pen veteran vape battery & cartridge where $1 from each sale goes to HeroGrown an organization dedicated to helping veterans get safe access to medical cannabis. When you order online you’ll get 15% off your O.pen vape battery order with your military ID number.