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Today is D-Day. Here’s what that means.

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, better known as D-Day, which was the largest naval invasion in history and one of the most historic battles of World War II. On memorial days such as today, we are reminded of the service provided by our Veterans, and the sacrifices they made. Many veterans fought decades ago, and are still working to cope with traumas caused by their time in service. Over the past couple of years medical cannabis has become an increasingly popular approach to alleviating the symptoms of a variety of conditions. Now, in 2019, more and more veterans are looking into how medical cannabis can benefit them.

On June 6th, 1944, at the height of WWII, the Normandy Landings took place in France, marking a huge turning point for the allies in their war effort against the Germans. D-Day marks the surprise beachfront invasion made by Canadian, British, and U.S. troops into Nazi-occupied France. It was an extremely costly battle to both sides, with hundreds of thousands of deaths, but the allies were successful, and victorious over the Germans. Today, we reflect and are reminded of the bravery shown by the Canadians soldiers whose past actions helped protect our freedom and our future.

Anniversary ceremonies will be taking place around the world today, where people will gather to commemorate the brave souls who fought for peace. We celebrate those who lost their lives, many of whom still suffer from traumatic memories of the past. Many Veterans still experience mental or physical conditions caused by their time in service. To help alleviate symptoms of issues such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and PTSD among other illnesses, more and more Canadian Veterans are turning to cannabis. The natural aspect of cannabis has become increasingly popular and appealing compared to opioids, antidepressants, and other pharmaceutical drugs, that can sometimes have adverse effects per medicine.

It comes down to the fact that Canadain Veterans are looking to heal, and cannabis use can potentially increase the quality of life for many people. For many Veterans, the THC and CBD found in Cannabis can be a healthy, inexpensive, now legal option to look into for relief of a variety of symptoms. Many veterans are finding that cannabis is helping to improve their quality of life, and the use of cannabis does not necessarily mean getting high. With more CBD-dominant options being released and studied, pain, sleep, PTSD etc., are easier to target, without the psychedelic properties of THC. As medical cannabis becomes increasingly popular with legalization in Canada, and as more research is being done across the globe, we will increase our understanding of cannabis, and the health benefits for the body and mind.

Cannabis is helping heal our country’s veterans who helped shape Canada’s future. “They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada.” [1] As we remember the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans it’s difficult to comprehend the lasting traumas caused by wartime, and we owe them our gratitude. As more research is done on cannabis, it will be very interesting to see the increasingly incredible impact such that small plant can make for so many.

1. Heather Robertson, A Terrible Beauty, The Art of Canada at War. Toronto, Lorimer, 1977.