Trying to stop veteran suicide epidemic, Plant Medicine Company is building value chain for mental wellness
As GNN and others have reported, the effectiveness of herbal remedies like cannabis and psilocybin for treating chronic anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, and PTSD is no longer to be denied.
Now, a former administrator of a Canadian hospital has pounced on this evidence by founding a company specializing in the use of herbal remedies to give veterans, police, paramedics, paramedics and firefighters the treatment they need to get back on the road to mental health and well-being. .
Allied company uses the legalized state of cannabis in Canada and 14 US states to put quality cannabis and CBD products tested for mental health and well-being in the hands of these heroes who are, tragically, part of the cohorts of most affected in society.
According to American Psychiatric Association reports, depression causes a loss of $ 200 billion in workplace productivity each year, while depression CDC finds 200 million working days are lost on mental illness leave. The statistic that interests Callum Hughes, CEO of Allied, however, is 17 suicides a day according to at the Canadian Department of Veterans Affairs.
Hughes calls it 22, which may include suicides of Canadian veterans in addition to those south of the border. Call him 17 or call him 22, that’s between 17 and 22 too many according to Hughes.
Hughes spent 10 years in the administrative and quality assurance centers of the hospital infrastructure when he came to learn about cannabis to deal with things like PTSD in the run-up to the possible legalization of the drug in the country.
“Myself and the COO is a Canadian veteran, we really started to realize, with some of the peer positions I was in contact with, that cannabis was very effective for chronic pain. and to stop drugs like morphine, oxycodone – drugs like that, but also for trauma survivors in the veteran cohort, ”said Hughes GNN.
In found Allied Corp, Hughes sought to create a total supply chain, from large-scale production and quality testing, to bringing different products to market through suppliers selling directly to veterans or first responders, looking for points in Israel and Austria seeking to expand the field of applied plant medicine even further.
“We’re about to go commercial scale, so it’s a really exciting time for the company’s journey,” said Hughes.
The green hills of Colombia
Allied’s primary production takes place in a country one would never associate with on a large scale legalized cannabis production due to its traumatic history with other drugs: Colombia.
Why there? “The special nature of the temperate climate in Colombia, the strains we have recorded… and the cannabinoid profile tested to be higher in the Colombian climate than in North America,” said Hughes.
Allied’s production in Colombia is large and profitable, producing 10 psychoactive strains and 10 non-psychoactive strains at around ten cents per gram.
“We traveled to Colombia in 2019 and acquired a large-scale farm there. We submitted the genetics to the agriculture ministry and did what they called “seed testing,” he continued. “[It was] the very first time, as has been communicated to us, that a company presented to the ministry… passed the 20 strains out of 20 that were submitted.
This enabled the company to launch a range of several CBD infused products in addition to their pharmaceuticals.
“Tactical Relief is a CBD-infused tincture aimed at the veteran cohort,” says Hughes, adding that the CBD content of cannabis grown in Colombia is much higher than equivalent strains in the United States. “Equilibrium Bio is a brand focused on the athletes we take an electrolyte rehydration drink as well as a tincture and a sports rub… all infused with CBD.
Allied also hosts various charity events to help veterans, police and first responders get back on the path to mental health and wellness, including regular healing retreats which offer traditional therapy, as well as additional activities such as meditation and yoga.
Oms, colorful pillows, and breathing exercises might not be what people associate with veterans, but Allied’s website is full of hyperlinks to studies proving the effectiveness of things like meditation for help recover from trauma.
“One of our brand ambassadors was a 17 year old Green Beret and USA veteran who really overcame his history with PTSD, so this is an authentic message brought to the market by genuine people,” explains Hughes.
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Now a publicly traded company on various exchanges, Allied’s waves of success peak at a time when the mental health and well-being of many in the United States has perhaps never been so bad.
As government-imposed travel restrictions and business closures continue to increase mental health issues across the country, such as gold in a recession, demand for herbal medicine is trending in reverse.
“We have seen an increase in demand for people. And if you look around, people’s mental health has generally been affected, ”said Hughes. “The increase in sales of cannabis and CBD has been reported to us by our distribution partners in the United States”
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Recently, GNN reported on the success of another cannabis and psilocybin-based company. It’s a growing field, and the benefit of having access to public funding is that companies like Allied Corp help channel the average person’s interest and belief in herbal medicines into investments.
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