Veterans and cannabis

Veterans & Cannabis: The Need For Alternative Care

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The importance of alternative care for veterans has been evident for a number of years. There are a range of programs available in the U.S. that offer different forms of alternative care for veterans, including meditation, yoga, hiking and the like. A particularly interesting scheme looks to place veterans in foster care homes with loving families.

Regardless of the program type, for most states with alternative care programs, the objective remains the same: to offer veterans an alternative to the standard medicated solutions provided by pharmaceutical companies which, to date, appear to be failing tremendously. But what about veterans & cannabis? Let’s take a look…

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Cannabis for Veterans: The state of play

What do we know about cannabis for veterans? What do veterans say about their experiences with cannabis? What kind of support is available to veterans who are interested in trying cannabis for medicinal purposes for the first time?

Let’s begin with the undeniable.

What we have at our disposal, made available via the internet, the press and social media, is a long list of examples, personal experiences and anecdotal evidence from veterans who have used or who continue to use cannabis for medicinal purposes.

A few clinical trials, exploring the effects of smokable cannabis on veterans, suffering from PTSD, also exist.

The results acquired and the experiences we hear about are positive. The general plea from the veteran community is for medicinal cannabis to be legalized federally so that it can become more readily available to all veterans in need, nationwide.

Without federal go-ahead, veteran organizations are unable to offer medicinal cannabis to vets who turn to them for help.

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Groups and Organizations Dedicated to Cannabis for Veterans

Who are some of the main players in the cannabis for veterans arena? How do these groups and organizations support the veteran community in their struggle for cannabis legalization?

We’d like to highlight three important entities

1. Veterans Cannabis Project

The first is the Veterans Cannabis Project, an organization devoted to improving quality of life for all U.S. veterans through medical cannabis.

Their objective is to support veterans in the struggle toward full, legal access to medical cannabis and to change the conversation, surrounding the cannabis plant, to one about its life-saving, health treatment value.

They advocate cannabis access on behalf of all veterans, they educate policy makers on the value of cannabis for veterans, and they support veterans nationwide by providing them with resources related to medicinal cannabis.

2. Veterans For Cannabis

Veterans For Cannabis is a network that assists veterans with reintegration into civilian life.

They help veterans find employment, they help with entrepreneur training, and guide habits that lead to healthy lifestyles.

These habits include reducing dependency on pharmaceutical drugs and turning to alternatives, including medicinal cannabis, to overcome or learn how to deal with PTS and other disorders.

3. Veterans Cannabis Group

The third organization we’d like to highlight is the Veterans Cannabis Group, based in California.

Their mission is to advocate and support the use of medicinal cannabis as a way of treating the symptoms of combat and related PTSD, as experienced by U.S. military veterans.

They provide education, resources and benefits related to medicinal cannabis.

They also strive to strengthen relationships between veteran communities and local cannabis businesses and governments.

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Cannabis for Veterans: Lawyers pushing forward

As is the case with most cannabis matters, veterans need the federal government to come on board before they can expect to get the kind of access to medicinal cannabis that they desire and, many would argue, need.

Veteran lawmakers have experienced some degree of success with the passing of two U.S. House bills by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on March 12, 2020.

The first bill, H.R. 712, also known as the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019, looks to drive forward increased research on the impact of cannabis on physical ailments caused by active duty. The second bill, H.R. 1647, also known as the Veterans Equal Access Act of 2019, gives physicians the go-ahead to complete state-legal medical cannabis-recommendation paperwork.

While the advances made are positive, what the veteran community really needs is a vote by the full House.

Considering the current climate, and the ever-increasing focus on COVID-19 this year (2020), a House vote this session is looking highly unlikely.

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Combining Medicinal Cannabis with Regular Exercise

We all know that physical exercise can do wonders for our mental and emotional health. So, the idea of a veteran’s program that pairs regular exercise with cannabis is an attractive one on many levels.

Veterans who suffer from physical injuries may find cannabis particularly useful when wanting to commit to an exercise routine.

At GetEvoke, we’re most interested in the role that both cannabis and hemp-derived CBD can play in the regular routines of those who want to lead, maintain and enhance active lifestyles.

Anecdotal evidence that matches cannabis use with exercise and wellness grows stronger by the day. In fact, cannabis advocates are rapidly managing to change the perception of cannabis from harmful drug to beneficial body supplement.

We select our strains with care and help consumers to match each strain available with a particular type of exercise or routine. If you need any help in choosing the right strain for your needs, feel free to contact us directly.

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Muscles and Marijuana:
How Weed Affects Your Workout

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Is smoking weed bad for athletes? What are the pros and cons of working out high? If there are two things that interest us most at GetEvoke, they are cannabis and exercise.

Lucky for us that marijuana and muscles seems to be a growing trend. Learn more…

How Weed Affects Your Workout

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As the cannabis industry continues to push forward with its long-needed legalization, scientists and product formulators are delving deeper into the benefits of using cannabis to enhance all types of physical activity.

It’s one of the reasons why, at GetEvoke, we’re so particular about our sativas, indicas and hybrids.

We carefully select our strains based on their ability to effectively support different kinds of training and wellness routines.

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Activate, Discover, Evolve

We’ll get things started by sharing a few insights into the range of cannabis products we offer here at GetEvoke, how we go about selecting them, and how we suggest pairing them, such as weed and bodybuilding, with a variety of physical activities.

Activate, our sativa-dominant strains and red product line, will be of most interest to those committed to high-intensity fitness regimes.

The Activate product line, 1/8ths and pre-rolls, offers a cerebral lift that energizes and drives. Whether you’re into weights, full-on cardio, crossfit, or high-intensity dance training, a pre-workout draw on one of our Activate products can help to enhance the experience. 

Our hybrid strains and yellow product line is called Discover and offers a pleasurable mid-level experience that helps the consumer to relax into their favored activity, without losing focus and without feeling overly stimulated.

These are the 1/8ths and pre-rolls that will most appeal to hikers, surfers, cyclists, and other active individuals looking to enhance coordination and increase creativity.

Evolve, our indica-dominant strains and blue product line, will be of most interest to those looking to enhance post-workout relaxation, deepen meditative states, or to complement low intensity wellness routines, including yoga.

Both 1/8ths and pre-rolls are also available as part of this product line.

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How weed affects your workout

So, what about the science behind muscles, marijuana and the GetEvoke product pairings?

The first thing would be to curb some of the myths related to cannabis that might make it difficult for someone to believe that weed and working out can actually work in unison.

For example, not all cannabis strains give the munchies, drive you to eating three pizzas in one sitting, thus ruining your fitness routine. While THC is known for increasing appetite, CBD is one of the cannabinoids that can actually help keep food cravings in check.

When strains are sufficiently balanced between THC:CBD or CBD-dominant, consumers don’t have to worry about getting the cannabis munchies post-workout.

Gym fanatics fitness junkies, for want of a better word, have been making weed part of their routines for some time now. As mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, the experience of each and every workout, accompanied by a cannabis product, helps to intensify the feeling of the blood flow as it moves through each and every muscle, enhancing the overall workout experience from start to finish.

Some of the findings taken from the world’s first large study of legal marijuana and exercise habits, and shared in an opinion piece by the New York Times, confirms that “many people who frequently use cannabis also seem to be people who frequently exercise.”

What’s even more interesting about the study is that around 82 percent of those who participated in the study said that they used cannabis around the time of their workouts.

Cannabis and exercise, it seems, go hand in hand.

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Does smoking weed affect cardio?

And so getting down to the nitty gritty…

What about weed and cardio? Does smoking weed affect your VO2 max? Does smoking weed affect lung capacity?

The illegal status of cannabis has made it impossible to run clinical trials offering sufficient and reliable data, but anecdotal evidence and first-hand experiences abound.

For example, Gordy Megroz, a writer and editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, took it upon himself to test how cannabis affected his exercise performance in a “poor man’s” version of the VO2 max test. Each time he took a draw, before then going all out on a treadmill, he found he could stay running for 30 seconds longer.

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Are there any negative effects of weed on athletes?

Let’s be clear. Lots of athletes use and enjoy cannabis. The MMA’s Nick and Nate Diaz, podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, and all-star MLB pitcher Tim Lincecum, are just three who have touted the benefits of cannabis as a performance and recovery enhancer.

However, just as is the case with proving the wellness benefits of cannabis, clinical trials are needed before any definite conclusion can be made about the plant’s possible negative effects.

We know that cannabis increases heart rate, which might not be all that great for most athletes. We also know that cannabis can impair short-term memory, which is also not all that favorable, especially when playing team sports professionally.

But the debate is out on whether cannabis negatively affects the immune system, whether it leads to motivational problems, and whether it can lower your reaction time.

As time moves on and money is invested into running some serious cannabis clinical trials, the industry and the consumer will have a lot more to go on.

For now, anecdotal evidence and personal experience leads the way.

The Difference Between Indica, Sativa & Hybrid

The Difference Between Indica, Sativa & Hybrid

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All cannabis strains, whether sativa, indica, or hybrid, can be used for a number of medicinal and recreational purposes. Similar in many respects, there’s also a series of notable particularities that differentiate sativas, from indicas, from hybrids, some of which we highlight today.

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Important Differences

When attempting to describe the difference between indica, sativa & hybrid strains, the comparison can be broken down into two main areas.

The first relates to visual differences: the shapes of the leaves and the heights at which each plant type tends to grow. The second relates to plant composition, profiles and consumer experience.

How to tell the difference between indica and sativa

One look at any standard sativa vs indica chart will illustrate the immediate visual differences between indica and sativa strains.

Sativa plants, as a general rule, tend to grow taller than indicas, sometimes climbing as high as 12 feet, and their leaves are thin and finger-like. Sativa strains also tend to take longer to mature than indicas.

When grown in the outdoors, they’re primarily found in hot, dry climates – Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, and western portions of Asia – capable of producing the long sunny days that these strains need in order to flourish.

Indica plants, in comparison, are shorter and stockier. Their leaves are bushier and chunkier, growing out into much wider and broader directions than the sativas. Indica strains also tend to grow faster than sativas.

But the cherry on the top of the cake for both grower and consumer alike is that each indica plant tends to produce more buds than the average sativa.

In the world of cannabis, buds are everything. Native to countries including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Turkey, indicas are great at adapting to harsh, dry and turbulent climates.

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Indica, sativa, or hybrid: choose your high

The plant composition of an indica cannabis strain is different to that of the sativas and the hybrids.

Their profiles differ in terms of cannabinoids content, terpenes, flavonoids, and other organic plant compounds, so much so that the consumer can detect the difference on an experiential level.

Sativa strains

Sativa strains, in general, tend to offer a more cerebral high. They elevate and activate. They have the ability to switch the mind on to full power and to get those creative juices flowing. It’s possible, with a sativa strain, to become incredibly switched on and to notice your senses in a heightened state, or uncommonly alert.

Indica strains

Indica high effects, on the other hand, are more usually associated with a full body relax. Indicas offer a high that brings on the calm, that directly affects the corporal elements of the human body, and that helps to prepare the body for sleep.

Hybrids strains

Hybrids, as the name suggests, are strains that have been deliberately bred to merge two or more mother strains together. Sometimes, they are sativa-dominant, with elements of indica. At other times, they are indica-dominant, with elements of sativa. On fewer occasions, they are an exact 50-50 blend of both indica and sativa strains.

Even so, it’s important to remember that not all indicas behave in the same way, just as not all sativas offer the exact same kind of cerebral high.

Each individual strain, whether it be sativa or indica-dominant, is also influenced by other plant compounds – including terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids – that affect consumer experience.

Pairing Activities With Cannabis Strains

At GetEvoke, we’re most concerned with how to use cannabis as a way of supporting and enhancing active lifestyles, which is why we make it our business to explore the variety of ways in which sativas, indicas, and hybrids can be used as part of regular fitness and wellness routines.

We’re careful to select the exact strain that best pairs with a particular activity, energy, our fitness routine. We aim to offer sativas that can support high intensity routines and indicas that enhance the effectiveness of post-workout relaxation.

Our hybrids are chosen to support the active lifestyle of those with creative passions or a love for the great outdoors.

In particular, our choice of hybrids work beautifully for dancers, cyclists, surfers and hikers, who need something to enhance their focus and lift their creativity, without inducing too much elation or bringing about a full-on body relax.

If you’d like to know more about our strains, or our selection process, feel free to send us a message via the contact page.

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What is the Difference Between CBD and THC?

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Since the federal legalization of hemp derived CBD took effect in 2018 the media has been covering the topic with great interest.

Though the media coverage has certainly helped bring a wider audience to the industry, it has also created some confusion as to the difference between CBD and THC.

We will try to crush some of the common misconceptions and misunderstandings that people have regarding the differences between CBD vs. THC.

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THC and CBD: An Overview

Though both compounds come from the same family of plants they do have some large and important differences.

Starting with CBD, we will look at the differences between the two cannabinoids, the effects they have and how they are most commonly consumed.

What is CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol (ca-nuh-bi-dye-ol), is a phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant. The cannabis plant has many nicknames, such as marijuana and hemp.

What separates hemp from cannabis is really just the concentration of THC in the plant. Where any cannabis plant with .3% or less THC is considered a hemp plant.

Cannabidiol is a naturally-occurring compound in the cannabis plant.

Today, we know that CBD has many interesting effects on the human (and animal) mind and body but for most of history, growers have been trying to grow cannabis plants with as-low-as-possible levels of CBD.

This was because breeders wanted to cultivate cannabis plants with as-high-as-possible THC percentage in order to give a stronger psychoactive effect.

Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects at all but is actually known to balance out the effects of THC.

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Charlotte Figi (2006 – 2020) — Her heroic battle helped push CBD into the mainstream

Why is CBD so popular?

CBD isn’t a new invention but has actually been around for over 80 years.

It was first discovered in the early 1940’s by Harvard chemist Roger Adams who extracted the compound by accident when doing research on the cannabis plant. Since then, it has been included in medical studies dating back to the 1960’s with the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System in 80’s.

In the early 2000’s CBD got a large upswing and gained media attention when a young girl named Charlotte Figi, who suffered from a severe case of Dravet syndrome found relief in alternative treatment with a high percentage CBD cannabis strain.

The story got much attention worldwide and sparked a whole new debate regarding the legalization of the cannabis plant.

In 2018 the US farm bill completely legalized the production, harvest and sale of all hemp derived CBD products with total Δ9 THC equal to or below 0.3%.

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Roger Adams — Discovered CBD in the early 40’s

Methods of consumption

Today you can find CBD products in a large variety of consumption types. The products vary from regular oral consumption products to skin and beauty products that are applied topically.

At GetEvoke we focus on a line of CBD products that help you achieve peak athletic performance, recovery and relaxation.

Popular CBD products include;

TINCTURES

Tinctures are sublingual drops of concentrated CBD oil which are consumed with a little pipette attached to the lid of the bottle. Blood vessels under your tongue absorb the oil and transfers it into the bloodstream. It takes between 15 to 30 minutes to take effect.

How to drop tinctures

Charge the dropper with the oil and place a couple of drops under your tongue. Leave the drops under the tongue for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing. Avoid contact between the dropper and your mouth or tongue in order to preserve the tincture’s quality.

Dosing tinctures

Our 30ml tinctures are designed to be consumed in either 30 servings of 1ml, or 60 servings of 0.5ml.

We offer 3 levels of potency, from a low intensity 500mg tincture to medium 1000mg tincture and high 1500mg tincture.

Read more about CBD potency here

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TOPICALS

Topicals is the category-word for transdermal (through the skin) CBD products that usually come in the form of creams, lotions, and gels.

Applying CBD directly to the skin where you want the effect to be felt is an easy and effective way to speed up post-workout recovery and hemp you stay active throughout the day.

GetEvoke offers two high powered topicals that help you stay moving 7 days a week.

Warming Salve

Our THC-free warming botanical salve is an all-natural formulation of premium botanical ingredients, fortified with 500mg of pure CBD to offer a superior, holistic experience.

Expertly formulated with traditional ayurvedic ingredients, this warming salve offers improved bioavailability of ingredients and encourages optimal healing by stimulating local blood flow and vascularity

Cooling Gel Roller

A soothing freeze gel that combines a highly natural, deep penetrating, cold therapy relief gel formulation, with 350mg of pure CBD.

Conveniently available as a roll-on, it’s the perfect CBD solution to accompany you as you dive into your fitness or wellness routine.

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SOFTGELS

Softgels or Gel Capsules are small, easy to swallow, oil capsules that come pre-dosed for easy consumption.

Pre-dosed softgels are a great place to start if you are new to CBD. Just take one capsule per day with a glass of water and give the capsules 45 minutes to an hour to take effect.

Avoid swallowing with milk, juice, or any kind of soda.

Try our our true full spectrum softgels capsules for a natural formulation, crafted for maximum bioavailability. They are designed to support the stresses and strains of an active lifestyle and are really easy to use for people who are always on-the-go.

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What is THC?

THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol (teh-truh-hai-drow-ka-nuh-buh-nol) is another chemical compound found abundantly in the cannabis plant. THC is naturally psychoactive; it stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine and create a sensation of euphoria, making it a very popular recreational drug.

THC products are largely legal on a medical level but remain illegal for recreational use in large parts of the US (see individual state laws here).

Legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational use is becoming more and more common in the US as well as the rest of the world.

Since tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol are both derived from the same plant, they do have many similarities.

However, there are some key differences…

The main difference being that THC and CBD react with different receptors in the brain. THC reacts in a way that makes psychoactive and CBD does not.

So when you ask — “Does CBD get you high?”, the simple answer is no…

Effects of THC

The effects of THC differs from person-to-person and strain-to-strain.

See this guide to cannabis strains for more information.

Generally speaking, THC products give the consumer a sense of relaxation and mellowness. For some people, and in some instances, these feelings can turn into spells of laughter (the giggles) and increased social comfort and extroversion (you get extra chatty).

For others, and in rare cases the effects may turn into social paranoia and nervous jitters.

It’s important to understand that people in the Western world are not as experienced with THC as we are with other drugs (like alcohol). This tends to make us less skilled in navigating the sensations that being “high” might stir up.

Our advice is to start off slow and try different strains of cannabis to find what works best for you.

See our resource page  for more information about THC.