As GNN and others have reported, the effectiveness of medicinal plants like cannabis and psilocybin in treating chronic anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder can no longer be denied.
Now a former Canadian hospital administrator has pounced on that evidence and founded a company that specializes in using medicinal plants to give veterans, police, paramedics, ambulance personnel and firefighters the treatment they need to get back on the road to mental health and wellness. .
Allied Corporation is using the legalized status of cannabis in Canada, and 14 US states, to bring proven quality cannabis and CBD products for health and mental well-being into the hands of these heroes who are, tragically, some of the most commonly affected cohorts in society. .
According to reports from the American Psychiatric Association, depression causes a $ 200 billion loss in workplace productivity each year, while CDC findings 200 million work days are lost to mental health-related sick days. However, the statistic that interests Callum Hughes, Allied’s chief executive, is 17 suicides a day. according to the Canadian Department of Veterans Affairs.
Hughes calls it 22, which can include suicides by Canadian veterans in addition to those south of the border. Call it 17 or call it 22, it’s between 17 and 22 too much in Hughes’s opinion.
Hughes was 10 years in the administrative and quality control centers of the hospital infrastructure when he came to learn about cannabis to treat things like PTSD in the run-up to the eventual legalization of the drug in the country.
“Me and the COO, he’s a Canadian veteran, we really started to realize, along with some of the peer positions that I was in contact with, that cannabis was very effective for chronic pain and to stop drinking. drugs like morphine, oxycodone, drugs like this, but also for trauma survivors in the veteran cohort, “Hughes said GNN.
In founding Allied Corp, Hughes sought to create a total supply chain, from large-scale production and quality testing, to bringing different products to market through vendors selling directly to veterans or first responders, to cutting-edge research in Israel and Austria. looking to expand the field. of applied plant medicine even more.
“We are at the corner of business expansion, so this is a really exciting time for the company journey,” Hughes explained.
The green hills of Colombia
Allied’s primary production occurs in a country with which one would never associate 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 that we have recorded … and the cannabinoid profile proven to be higher in the Colombian climate than in North America,” Hughes said.
Allied’s production in Colombia is extensive and profitable, producing 10 psychoactive and 10 non-psychoactive strains at around ten cents a gram.
“We traveled to Colombia in 2019 and acquired a large-scale farm there. We brought the genetics to the Ministry of Agriculture and proceeded to what they called ‘seed evaluation,’ “he continued. “[It was] the first time in history, as we were told, that a company presented to the Ministry … passed 20 of the 20 strains that were presented ”.
This has allowed the company to launch a line of various CBD-infused products in addition to its pharmaceutical products.
“Tactical Relief is a CBD-infused tincture targeted at the veteran cohort,” Hughes explains, adding that the CBD content in cannabis grown in Colombia is much higher than equivalent strains in the US. “Equilibrium Bio is a brand focused on athletes, we had an electrolyte rehydration drink, as well as a tincture and an athletic massage … all infused with CBD. “
Times of change
Allied also hosts a variety of charity events to help veterans, law enforcement, and first responders on the path back to mental health and wellness. including regular healing retreats They offer traditional therapy, as well as complementary activities such as meditation and yoga.
Oms, colorful cushions, and breathing exercises might not be what people associate with veterans, but Allied’s website is full of hyperlinks to studies showing the effectiveness of things like meditation in helping you recover from trauma.
“One of our brand ambassadors was a 17-year-old green beret and US veteran who really got over his story with PTSD, so it’s an authentic message brought to market by real people,” he explains. Hughes.
Now a company listed on multiple stock exchanges, Allied’s waves of success culminate during a period when the mental health and well-being of many in America have perhaps never been so poor.
As government-imposed travel restrictions and business closures continue to increase mental health problems across the country, such as gold in a recession, demand for plant-based medicines is trending in the opposite direction.
“We have seen an increase in demand at the person level. And if you look at the whole COVID thing, people’s mental health was generally affected by that, ”Hughes said. “Our US distribution partners informed us about the increase in sales of cannabis and CBD”
Recently, GNN reported success from another corporation based on cannabis and psilocybin. It is a growing field, and the advantage of having access to public funds is that companies like Allied Corp allow the interest and belief of the average person in medicinal plants to be channeled into investments.
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