Veterans, Cannabis, and Pain
Nearly 60 percent of veterans returning from serving in the Middle East and more than 50 percent of older veterans receiving care at the VA are living with some form of chronic pain.
We have lost more than 60,000 veterans to suicide over the last ten years, and veterans’ rate of overdose deaths from opioids increased by 65% over the last four.
Research has shown that cannabis can be beneficial for treating a wide range of disorders that veterans commonly deal with, including pain management and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Research also suggests that many veterans use cannabis as a safer replacement for opioids, alcohol, and other drugs. According to BoulderWeekly.com, states that have legalized medical cannabis have a nearly 25 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose death rate compared to states that have not.
Today, 15 states and Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis for all adults and medical patients, and another 20 states have legalized cannabis for medical use only.
That means a majority of the people in our country can use cannabis, while veterans in states where it is illegal, who could benefit greatly, are denied access due to federal laws.
This Veterans Day, cannabis consumers can be an advocate and ally, serving those who have served our country in a variety of ways:
Shop at Veteran-Owned Businesses like Berkeley Patients Group
Meet our Co-Owner and Vice President of Berkeley Patients Group, Etienne Fontan.
Since 1991, Etienne has been an advocate for veterans’ right to access cannabis, working behind the scenes in DC to craft legislation that expands research and alters the VA’s policy on medical cannabis use.
Etienne is a combat veteran of the Gulf War, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Veterans for Peace. He is a mentor and member of the Veterans Action Council, which is currently lobbying Congress to de-schedule cannabis and re-open the Federal Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program through the VHA, and the Veterans Cannabis Coalition, which identifies, organizes, and trains veteran leaders in key states to effectively engage, and hold accountable, elected representatives.
Buy Veteran-Owned Cannabis Products
Co-founded in California in 2014, Valhalla Confections rapidly gained popularity as one of the most consistently dosed, best tasting, and fast-acting gummies on the market.
These Veteran-owned gummies are available in 3 flavor varieties: Watermelon, Tangerine, and Tropical Twist. Valhalla’s great tasting, long-lasting gummies are dosed precisely to have the same effect every time.
Introduce a Veteran to Services at BPG
Discount for Veterans
We are proud to offer a 15% discount for veterans over 65, and a 10% discount for all veterans. As always, we offer free, personalized consultations via phone or in-store, and a variety of low-cost products.
Operation EVAC Meetings
Operation EVAC (Educating Veterans About Cannabis) is a 90-minute social support group led by Ryan Miller, a combat veteran and former employee of Berkeley Patients Group.
Participants heal through story-sharing, guided meditation, volunteer community projects, and donated cannabis medicine.
Meetings are hosted online every Monday and Wednesday, from 6:30-8 pm PST, and every Saturday from 10-11:30 am PST. Join on Mondays and Wednesdays at https://tinyurl.com/opevacmw. Join on Saturdays at https://tinyurl.com/opevacsat.
If you, or a veteran you know, are interested in joining Operation EVAC meetings, please send an email to Ryan@opevac.org.
Support Veteran-Led Organizations working to Expand Access to Cannabis, Community, and Capital
Support The Battle Brothers Foundation
The current resources designed to aid veterans transitioning from military service to civilian life provide only minimal guidance toward obtaining success, which often leads to struggles in searching for a new sense of direction, purpose, and identity. These issues can ultimately lead to self-induced isolation that is detrimental to veteran success.
The Battle Brothers Foundation pairs transitioning veterans with mentors and creates interdependent relationships within local communities to prevent isolation.
The Foundation also partners with veteran-led organizations that provide employment opportunities, helping veterans apply their strong moral principles and leadership skills to demanding work environments, resulting in a superior work atmosphere.
And, Battle Brothers has partnered with NiaMedic for their first study evaluating the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis in the stressors of posttraumatic stress management, the third group in North America to conduct such research.
You can make a difference in a veteran’s life by pledging a donation to Battle Brothers Foundation on their website or at myBPG.com/shop, and/or joining their team of dedicated volunteers. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Support the Veterans Action Council
Veterans Action Council is a collective group of veterans, advocates, and organizations that wish to bring real change for the veteran community.
Veterans Action Council (VAC) is a group of venerated professionals in their respective fields, committed to setting higher standards of care for the veteran community nationwide.
As equals, each member of the council brings a unique perspective and a wealth of lived experience both in and out of service. Their mission is to ensure safe and affordable access to natural medicine and alternative therapies to veterans. Reach out and get involved today: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank a Veteran
Reach out and offer a helping hand, a listening ear, and an open heart. To those still with us, we thank you for your service. To those no longer with us, we thank you for your sacrifice.
It’s difficult to meet new friends during shelter-in-place, but you can meet your new favorite cannabis products!
Let us introduce you to the newest members of the BPG Family, available for curbside pickup at our dispensary in Berkeley 11am-10pm, or delivery to Alameda and Contra Costa counties 11am-7pm every day.
The cannabis plant has over 130 known compounds, called cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid has unique medicinal benefits and effects.
THC is associated with the ‘high’ in cannabis, effects can include feelings of euphoria and the munchies.
CBD doesn’t get you ‘high,’ effects can include feelings of relaxation and well-being. CBD and THC work together and balance each other out.
CBN is another compound in cannabis, with effects in between CBD and THC. CBN is an antioxidant, can help kill pain and inflammation without harming your kidneys.
Berkeley Patients Group in it for GOOD. Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) has been dedicated to providing safe, clean, quality-controlled cannabis for 20 years. We have always prioritized responsible sourcing and have established long-term partnerships with providers that exceed mandated quality standards.
Our mission is to provide high quality, effective, and affordable medical cannabis to our patients. We create and maintain the highest standards of excellence in all that we do. We foster a compassionate community that advances the understanding and inspires action.
BPG offers a wide variety of products with different levels of CBD, THC, and CBN, so you can achieve desired effects
- Flowers: traditional cannabis that you smoked in the 60s
Flowers at all different price points are available at Berkeley Patients Group. We work closely with our selected brands to bring you the lowest price possible.
Indica, Sativa’s, and Hybrids can all be found on our shelves from popular brands like Flow Kana, Bloom Farms, NUG, Korovdifferencea, Gold Seal, and Lowell Herb Co.
To see what Flowers we currently have, please click here.
To learn the difference between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids please click here.
- Vape pens: concentrated oil that you ‘vaporize’ with an easy-to-use device; easier on the throat, convenient, discreet with no smell
When it comes to ease of use, portability, and functionality, one cannabis product stands above the rest. Vape pens are perfect for the “desecrate” consumer that doesn’t enjoy smelling like smoke.
Vape pens from popular brands such as Bloom Farms, Raw Garden, BEBOE, Dosist, and Eden.
As various news outlets have reported, a growing number of reports surrounding an unidentified vaping related illness has created a serious public health concern with more questions than answers.
Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) has been dedicated to providing safe, clean, quality-controlled cannabis for 20 years. We have always prioritized responsible sourcing and have established long-term partnerships with providers that exceed mandated quality standards. It is why we pioneered the development of cannabis testing standards over ten years ago.
To date, we are not aware of any respiratory-related illness caused by a product sold at BPG or any other licensed California dispensary. While there are many unknowns at this time, BPG is using every resource at our disposal to promote consumer safety and to provide timely information.
ACTIONS WE ARE TAKING:
- Contacting every vape cartridge vendor to verify problematic, questionable additives are not in any products we sell.
- Staying up-to-date with the latest information and research on this issue. BPG will issue periodic updates as information is released from authorities.
- Sourcing products tested according to state guidelines.
- Verifying testing certificates as genuine.
WHAT WE DO KNOW:
- An increasing number of vaping-related illnesses, approximately 471 cases, including six deaths have been reported across 33 states to date, including California.
- All of the California-related illnesses were caused by products purchased in the unlicensed market.
- No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified as the sole cause of this mysterious epidemic.
- Many of the associated products contain THC, some contain nicotine, and some include both.
- Symptoms: Patients are coming into hospitals with cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and vomiting.
- Doctors suspect the cause may be chemical exposure related to additives or ingredients, such as Vitamin E acetate.
Our hearts go out to the victims and the loved ones of those who are currently suffering or have succumbed to this devastating illness. This crisis further shows the immediate need for federal reform that will enable proper research, regulations, and guaranteed product safety and efficacy for patients. Eliminating illicit operators and the entities providing a public platform to them should be the number one priority for the State of California and the nation.
We are encouraging any BPG customers who experience any problems or have additional questions regarding vape products sold by BPG, to email us at email@example.com.
Read the statement from CDPH:
- Edibles: anything you eat with cannabis in it; traditional candies, baked goods, granola bites, etc.
- Tinctures: droppers with cannabis oil you can put under your tongue or in your food and drinks
- Topicals: applied to the skin, such as lotions, oils and bath soaks; provide localized pain relief and won’t get you high
- Transdermal Patches: applied to veins (wrist + top of the foot) will go directly into the bloodstream for an all-day effect
- Capsules: look like traditional pills filled with cannabis oil
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BPG Quality Guarantee
We stress the importance of obtaining your cannabis, including CBD, from a licensed dispensary. At Berkeley Patients Group, it is our guarantee that every single product is lab-tested to ensure that it is absolutely safe for consumption by our patients.
BPG’s testing is performed by an independent cannabis analytics laboratory in compliance with Berkeley Municipal Code § 12.27.070. We independently verify any laboratory results provided by our vendors.
Medicine that fails any tests for contamination is not offered to our patients. Each medicine is tested for:
- Pesticides. A combination of enzyme-linked immune assays and gas chromatography is used to test for pesticide residue including organophosphate and carbamate pesticides, pyrethroid pesticides, and avermectins (Avid).
- Microbial contaminants. An aerobic plate count (APC) methodology is used to test for microbial contamination including bacteria, fungus, and mold. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is used to identify specific contaminants like e. coli.
- Residual flammable solvents. Headspace analysis is used to test for the presence of residual solvents in all applicable products (i.e. extracts).
Potency refers to the quantity of each active ingredient in a particular medical cannabis product. Active ingredients include any cannabinoid or propyl cannabinoid derivative when present in amounts greater than 0.5% by dry weight, and any mono-or sesquiterpenoid present in amounts greater than 0.3% by dry weight. We test for the following key compounds:
- Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA)
- Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Cannabinol (CBN)
These compounds are quantitated using liquid chromatography and/or gas chromatography with derivatization. BPG maintains records of all medicine by batch, including the corresponding laboratory test result data for each batch, in compliance with Berkeley Municipal Code § 12.27.050(B)(2).
Free Consultation with a Knowledgeable Specialist
BPG carries over 300 different products for medical patients and adult consumers. We understand that, while it’s great to have choices, it can be overwhelming trying to understand which cannabis therapy is right for you. This is why we offer free phone consultations with our highly trained staff members.
To use this service, simply call us at 510-540-6013, ext. 3, or send an email to Express@myBPG.com.
We are available any time from 9am-9pm, though weekends are busiest. At the end of your consultation, our staff can help you place an order for express pick up. This service is quick, convenient, and there are no fees or minimum order requirements.
Call in your order at (510) 540-6013, between 9AM and 9PM
Click here to order online, 24 hours a day. Don’t forget to confirm your order via email!