Meet the Retired Marine Who Developed a CBD Line Specifically for Veterans

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As
a
retired
Marine
Corps
Officer,
Steve
Danyluk
is
one
of
the
last
people
you
would
expect
to
embrace
cannabis.
However,
after
spending
time
working
with
some
of
the
most
severely
wounded
veterans
from
Iraq
and
Afghanistan,
he
saw
many
veterans
using
the
plant
as
a
natural
alternative
to
opioids
for
treating
pain
management
and
PTSD
symptoms.

“I
saw
with
my
own
eyes
how
effective
cannabis
was,
but
many
of
these
guys
were
getting
it
from
untrustworthy
sources,”
said
Danyluk.

He
realized
that
there
was
a
need
for
a
company
to
cater
specifically
to
the
needs
of
veterans,
particularly
those
who
have
been
to
war
and
come
home
with
both
physical
and
mental
wounds
to
provide
holistic
and
natural
alternatives
to
prescribes
opioids.

This
insight
inspired
him
to
found

Warfighter
Hemp

and
help
scores
of
veterans
become
opioid-free
and
get
their
lives
back.

 “CBD,
at
least
anecdotally,
has
proven
to
be
extremely
effective
in
helping
alleviate
some
fairly
intense
stressors,
particularly
in
our
combat
veterans,”
said
Danyluk.

Tragically,
Danyluk
has
seen
first-hand
the
devastating
effects
of
opioid
addiction
and
over-prescription
amongst
the
veteran
community.

“One
of
the
wounded
Marines
who
I
got
to
know
quite
well
was
being
treated
by
the
VA
for
a
traumatic
brain
injury.
He
was
on
a
wide
array
of
medications,
many
of
which
he
could
not
even
tell
you
what
they
were
for.
He
died
in
his
sleep
one
night,
not
from
his
wounds,
but
because
of
the
prescription
medications
that
our
government
fed
him.”

Steve Danyluk
Steve
Danyluk

Danyluk
believes
that
the
risk
of
overdose
and
accidental
death
from
prescribed
opioids
is
“a
national
tragedy
that
no
one
seems
to
care
about.”

“Overdose
and
suicide
are
common
results.
The
VA
has
sent
out
thousands
of
Noxolone
kits
to
veterans
who
they
fear
are
in
danger
of
overdosing
on
opioids

opioids
that
the
veterans
became
addicted
to
in
the
first
place
because
that
is
what
the
VA
prescribed
them.

“I
have
never
heard
of
a
veteran,
or
anyone
for
that
matter,
who
overdosed
on
cannabis.”

Earlier
this
year,
the
Department
of
Defense announced a
ban
on
CBD
because
of
the
risk
of
troops
testing
positive
for
cannabis.
While
Danyluk
agrees
with
the
zero-tolerance
stance
that
the
DoD
has
towards
recreational
cannabis,
he
thinks
“it
makes
no
sense
when
it
comes
to
CBD,
particularly
when
it
comes
to
CBD
isolate
products
that
contain
no
THC.”

Danyluk
believes
that
the
stigma
surrounding
cannabis

and
to
a
lesser
degree
CBD

within
the

veteran
community

has
shifted
dramatically
in
just
the
last
year.

“Last
summer,
Warfighter
Hemp
was
the
first-ever
cannabis
sponsor
of
the

VFW

(Veterans
of
Foreign
Wars)
national
convention,
which
signifies
a
significant
step
forward
in
my
opinion
in
terms
of
a
broader
acceptance
of
CBD
by
the
general
public.”
What
impressed
Danyluk
the
most
was
“the
level
of
awareness
that
the
attendees
had
at
the
convention
and
the
thoughtfulness
of
the
questions
that
they
asked.”

The
main
reasons
customers
turn
to
Warfighter
Hemp,
according
to
Danyluk,
are
anxiety,
PTSD
and
pain
management.

“At
the
higher
doses,
many
of
our
severely
wounded
veterans
have
reported
that
it
is
extremely
effective
in
their
pain
management

as
effective
as
the
opioids
they
were
being
prescribed
without
any
of
the
negative
side
effects.”

The
general
rule
of
thumb
for
those
new
to

CBD

and
medical
marijuana
products
is
to
start
dosing
slow
and
low.
But
Danyluk
believes
that
this
could
result
in
customers
not
seeing
results
and
giving
up
after
just
a
few
tries.
He
recommends
that
Warfighter
customers
“dose
high
for
the
first
two
weeks,
and
then
decrease
your
daily
dose
to
a
level
where
you
find
you
can
maintain
consistent
results.”

For
this
reason,
Warfighter
Hemp
offers
a
50%
discount
on
first
orders
when
using
the
promo
code
NEW2CBD.
“We
want
people
to
take
advantage
of
that
and
get
something
stronger
than
they
otherwise
might
not
have
chosen
initially,”
said
Danyluk.

Veterans,
like
athletes,
are
very
health
conscious
and
thoughtful
about
what
they
put
into
their
bodies.
Warfighter
only
uses
hemp
that
is
organically
grown
in
the
U.S.
and
their
products
are
independently
tested
by
a
third-party
lab
for
quality
and
consistency.

Plus,
50%
of
all
Warfighter
Hemp’s
profits
are
donated
to
quality
veteran
nonprofits.
So
you
know
that
when
you’re
helping
yourself,
you’re
also
helping
our
nation’s
heroes.


TELL
US
,
are
you
a
veteran
who
uses
CBD?

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