November 11 marks Remembrance Day, when across Canada, we remember Canadian soldiers who fell in the line of duty. We also think about those who have served and are still with us. Many of those who return from armed conflicts around the world often need our support to deal with physical and mental conditions, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Many veterans choose to try medical cannabis in combination with or instead of pharmaceuticals.
At Tilray, we’re doing our part to help veterans both in the short and long term. As a licensed producer, we’re able to work with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), which provides veterans with insurance coverage for dried medical cannabis. As a member of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council (CMCC), we’ve lent our support to an e-petition to Parliament proposed by the CMCC advocating for the addition of VAC insurance coverage of medical cannabis extracts as well.
Some of our employees are themselves veterans, and we’re proud to have them on our team. We’re likewise proud to have made a donation to Wounded Warrior Run BC, contributing to their effort to raise awareness and highlight the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health and operational stress injury among Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and First Responders. Tilray also collaborates with the Wellness Soldier, an online resource providing information, services, and products to help veterans live a healthy long life while focusing on five main areas: veterans, eating healthy, fitness, meditation/becoming grounded, and medical marijuana. Learn more about the Cody Lindsay, the Wellness Soldier himself, at his website.
A longer-term contribution from Tilray is Canada’s first-ever clinical trial studying medical cannabis use and PTSD due to trauma experienced during military service, as a first responder or police, or as the result of violence and/or sexual assault. Learn more about the study here.
Much remains to be done to assure a good quality of life for Canada’s veterans, but at Tilray, we’ll always strive to do whatever we can to help. On this Remembrance Day, we hope you will, too.