A hemp field just outside of Syracuse, N.Y. grown by veteran Sarah Stenuf who says CBD helps her cope with medical problems she suffered during her time in the military. (photograph courtesy of Sarah Stenuf)

A hemp field just outside of Syracuse, N.Y. grown by veteran Sarah Stenuf who says CBD helps her cope with medical problems she suffered during her time in the military. (photograph courtesy of Sarah Stenuf)

Cannabis helps vets cope. Just ask them.

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By Carmen Gentile

More and more veterans are using legal and other forms of cannabis for ailments including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Some have discarded their prescriptions.

Even though the federal government deems cannabis an illegal drug, new state laws have allowed millions of veterans throughout Postindustrial America to turn to the plant to alleviate pain, reduce anxiety, and treat other disorders that they say prescription medicine didn’t relieve — and led to addiction in some cases.

There’s a growing community of former servicemembers and others who say they find relief, support, and education in working with each other.

In the Pittsburgh region, Erik Asher teaches people who how to make their own medicine from the plant. Just outside of Syracuse, N.Y. Sarah Stenuf raises hemp, which she says helped her cope with the devastating effects from a traumatic brain injury she suffered while training for deployment. Just outside of Chicago, there’s Caleb Masoner of Operation 1620; a nonprofit with a mission to help veterans find safe, alternative relief to the chronic pain.

Read their stories and how they’re helping other veterans in the Fall issue of Postindustrial magazine. Subscribe here.