Yesterday one of my TWB teammates, Kaliko, brought to my attention a fantastic idea from a photographer named Mike Whiter. In addition to being a photographer, Mike is also a veteran. He is starting a new photo series on veterans, pharmaceuticals, and medical marijuana. Essentially his project seeks to highlight the fact that veterans can over-medicate with pharmaceuticals all they want to and the government is fine with that, but they can't use a plant that has been proven to be much safer, and often more effective, than pills. Too many veterans are over-medicated on pharmaceuticals, and they should be allowed, and even encouraged, to use alternative forms of medicine like medical marijuana.
If you are in the Philadelphia area, Mike is looking for other veterans that want to participate. Below is what he posted on his photography Facebook page:
If you haven't heard... I'm doing a project called #OperationOvermed highlighting the overmedication of veterans and the alternative treatments some veterans use in place of the harmful pharmaceutical options. I will be releasing more in the near future.
If you know anyone who may be interested in this, please have them reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or here on Facebook.
Below are some of the pictures he's already released, along with a description of the person featured in the photo, including one of Mike Whiter himself:
SPC Therèsè Carrozzino was an Army MP from 2010-2013. She took approximately 5 different medications during the day plus 4 different meds at night time. Now she says she can smoke one joint and it takes care of her anxiety, depression and PTSD versus taking a handful of pharmaceuticals to try to treat the same issues.
She says, "Natural is the best route to take. I'd rather live than be a zombie."
I was in the Marine Corps for 11 years and did two combat tours before being medically discharged. After coming back home, I was put on 40 different medications over the course of five years. In 2012, after watching a documentary, I decided to try cannabis. I felt more relaxed after one joint than I had after tons of combinations of pharmaceuticals. I threw away my pills and my quality of life is better than it has been in years.
I think it is very important to note that cannabis is not a cure for PTSD, but in combination with therapy, it can open a whole new world for you.
Corporal Barrett Thompson was a machine gunner in the United States Marine Corps from 2004-2008. Barrett did three tours in Iraq, and like many others, got out and was injected into the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system. Between 2008 and 2013, the VA prescribed Cpl Thompson over 100 different medications before he started using cannabis.
Barrett says, "I want to highlight therapy. Continuous therapy and self healing is the key - not just smoking cannabis."