Spartan Wellness Sponsors The Veterans Dinner as Clinic Partner

Spartan Wellness is proud to be the clinic sponsor for the 2nd annual Veterans Dinner hosted by Canadian Veteran, chef, and author of The Wellness Soldier’s Cannabis Cookbook, Cody Lindsay on Monday, Oct. 30th, 2017. The Veterans Dinner will be held at the Artisan Bistro in Victoria, BC and features a mouthwatering, nutritious 3-course meal prepared by renowned chef Daryl Pope whose aim is to show attendees that eating healthy can be delicious.

The Veterans Dinner is free for Veterans and their dates (spouse and/or battle buddy). The event was created to help further Veteran quality of life through a fun night out that provides an opportunity for Veterans who may be going through the same struggles to get together and share their experiences. During the evening there will also be a series of educational talks on the areas of Healthy Eating/Drinking, Medical Cannabis, Fitness, & Meditation.

On hand to represent Spartan Wellness at The Veterans Dinner is World Arm Wrestling Champion, Canadian Veteran and Spartan Wellness volunteer, Devon Larratt, as well as Veterans and Spartan Wellness volunteers, Matt Landry, Ian Bailey and David Wilson. Spartan Wellness CEO, Riad Byne, will give a speech at the dinner in which he will discuss the vision of Spartan Wellness as well as the many exciting directions in which the organization is growing.

The Spartan Wellness crew looks forward to meeting fellow Veterans and discussing the ways in which PTSD and other health issues that Canadian Veterans face can be treated through adherence to a healthy diet and lifestyle that includes cannabis therapy.

For more information on attending The Veterans Dinner or getting involved as a sponsor, click here

Spartan Wellness and The Invictus Games 2017

From Sept 23- 30, Toronto will play host to The Invictus Games in which 550 competitors from 17 nations will compete in a series of adaptive sports matches such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, track & field and golf. Able bodied and disabled Veterans will compete side by side on the same teams, representing their nations in an event which celebrates and honours Veterans and their ability to overcome severe mental and physical health conditions.

Several Spartan Wellness employees and patients will be participating in this year’s Invictus Games. Among them are Spartan Wellness employee Jean-Claude Migneault in golf and indoor rowing, Spartan Wellness patient Tracy Cooney in cycling, wheel chair basketball and rowing, Spartan Wellness patient Wayne Jerrett in golf and swimming and Spartan Wellness patient, Steven Roach, who will caddy for Jerrett.

Spartan Wellness CEO and Co-Founder, Riad Byne played on Team Canada’s Golf team at last year’s Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.  Here he is below pictured with Prince Harry of Wales in a team photo.

For more information on The Invictus Games including a complete event calendar and how to buy tickets, click here

If you are a Veteran of the Canadian Forces looking for help accessing medical cannabis and/or a wide variety of other VAC entitlements, please fill out the Registration Form on the website or email info@spartanwellness.ca. Alternately, you can call us at 1-877-219-1255.

Cannabis May Aid in Combating Alcohol Abuse

It’s no secret that among the veteran community, there is an extremely high rate of alcohol dependency. In the search for relief from symptoms associated with PTSD, too many veterans turn to alcohol as a way to numb or escape their pain.

But what many don’t know is that cannabis may help curb the addictive impulses that lead us to drink and even replace the effects of alcohol.

A 2009 study entitled “Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol and Other Drugs”, conducted by Dr. Amanda Reiman at the University of California in Berkely and published in “Harm Reduction Journal” followed 350 medical cannabis patients who were asked, “Are you choosing to use cannabis instead of something else?” to which 50 percent said they were using it as a replacement for alcohol.

Further research based on a survey of 404 medical cannabis patients in Canada was published in a 2013 edition of the Addiction Research and Theory Journal and found that 41% of participants were using cannabis as a substitute for alcohol while 75.5% were using cannabis as a substitute for at least one other substance.

Since cannabis is not considered physically addictive, a growing number of rehabilitation specialists are exploring cannabis as an effective tool in aiding with alcohol and drug abuse recovery.

Under Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) program, medical cannabis users can choose cannabis strains with the right blend of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, and cannabidiol (CBD) the main non psycho active cannabinoid found in cannabis. Depending on the cannabinoid content of a given strain, patients can reduce the anxiety brought on by alcohol craving as well as replicate the effects that alcohol induces. These effects are also determined by terpenes, the essential oils naturally produced in cannabis that determines a strain’s medicinal properties, smell and flavour profile.

Several terpene families correspond to calming effects while other terpenes can provide a ‘happier’ experience (e.g., drinking to have a laugh) or a more sedative experience (e.g. drinking to get ready for sleep, to de-stress and contemplate). Many of these terpene families also correspond with creativity and inspiration.

For more information on how you can access medical cannabis strains may aid in alcohol cessation, email info@spartanwellness.ca or fill out the Registration Form found here