Those of you that don't know me, I am John Tescione.
I served Canada for over 25 years. 18 in CAF as and Infanteer, and 7 plus as a civilian for DND/VAC as a Peer Support Coordinator.
During my service, I was physically wound in an ambush, took 7 gunshot wounds and shrapnel. I healed quickly. One of the few things I did not care for was my mind. I discovered army.ca and found that many people understood me, even though the stigma of PTSD was rampant. This site was the first place I found Peer Support.
I, like many others, have also fallen victim to the prescribed pharmaceuticals that are given to many veterans. Yes, many work, but they also bring along side effects that far worst than the original symptoms. I discovered Cannabis, like most people do. Friend of a friend. I knew it was not right. So two years ago, I sought to get my prescription and make it legal. My Psychiatrist was all for it, but because she was against smoking so would not prescribe it.....I talked to people I knew in the industry, and was given a list of Doctors that were empathetic to Medical Cannabis.
I booked my appointment, and after an intense interview, I was given a prescription for my PTSD, with an emphasis to pick strains for my physical pains. PICK MY OWN STRAINS.
You see folks, when people are wounded, most times, physical or Mental, you lose control. Medical Cannabis was the first therapy, where I was EMPOWERED to take charge of my own health. I can choose, what strain, what Oil, what amount based on how I feel, and what I need!! Not rely on a hand full of peas from a manufactured drug, hoping to hit my pain of the day, with he added side effects.
I was taking control of my health.
VAC was phenomenal, and rushed the approval, and I was signed up with a licensed producer!!! I could order by phone or online, and I would get delivery next day to my doorstep. None of my other Medication was treated with the same respect! I love my life now. So a year ago I decided to open up Green Veterans Canada
, a Facebook group dedicated to Canadian Veterans and Medical Cannabis!!
I am proud to say we are the largest Canadian orient group of this kind!!! I was at the LIFT Conference, and found out we are getting noticed by many many people in the community!!!!! Woot Woot!!!!
With that all being said, I approached Mike Bobbit and asked if I could provide a thread similar to my peer group for Milnet.ca and all of it's sites. Mike was all over it!!!! This thread is about helping Veterans and their families.
WHAT THIS WILL NOT BE IS A THREAD TO DEBATE THE MERITS OF MEDICAL CANNABIS
This was created for Veterans and their Families interested about Medical Cannabis without fear of being admonished.
If you feel that your convictions are true, then you are more than welcome to approach Mike Bobbit
about starting your own thread.
Also, the thread will be locked. However if you have any questions, or would like to add information, please Private Message me.
CMP Guidance on Marijuana (Cannabis) for Medical use.