Today’s guest on the potcast is Andy Miears, a former Marine Raider and one of Helmand Valley Growers Company’s co-founders. Andy serves as HVGC’s director of cultivation. We discuss his experience living with TBI and what it takes to cultivate cannabis for a medical research study.
The Battle Brothers Foundation is the nonprofit arm of Helmand Valley Growers Company (HVGC), a cannabis company founded by disabled United States Special Operations veterans that donates 100% of its profits to fund research on the medical use of cannabis for veterans. In 2016, HVGC founders spoke to members of Congress about the viability of medical cannabis as an alternative to the opioids military veterans were prescribed. They were advised to research data working alongside American medical doctors to build a strong case to present to Veteran’s Affairs (VA).
On February 24, 2021, The Battle Brothers Foundation received approval to launch an observational study on the use of medical cannabis to help combat PTSD in veterans. In concert with NiaMedic, a medical data and research company, the study will determine if cannabis treatment will be beneficial in reducing symptoms in patients with treatment-resistant PTSD. The two groups received approval to proceed with the study from the national Independent Review Board (IRB), the independent committee that reviews the methods proposed for research to ensure that they are ethical.
Using its innovative medical & research protocols, data collection & analysis process, NiaMedic generates high-quality clinical data of medical cannabis and provides: (1) Healthcare Services –research-based medical protocols integrating conventional medicine with propriety medical cannabis treatments; (2) Clinical Research Services; (3) Consultation Services.
For more information, visit https://battlebrothersfoundation.org/veteran-treatment-research/.