Avery Collins, 25, is what’s called an ultrarunner.

That means he goes for runs that are on average 20 to 40 miles long, four or five times a week. He’s passionate about taking a stand for what he believes in, and he believes strongly in two things without a doubt: busting the myth that stoners are lazy, and that the benefits of marijuana are a safer alternative to hard drugs and alcohol. His first experience running high on marijuana was euphoric.

“I just remember it being … I hate using the word euphoric, but it was. I was enjoying it so much; I felt so in tune; I almost forgot about the mileage and forgot where I was. It made the experience much more enjoyable. I think, if anything, it almost slows me down. It allows me to enjoy what I’m doing a little bit more.”

Avery finds he benefits greatly from the CBD supplements he takes every morning.

“I take two different CBD supplements in the morning. It helps with a quick energizing boost. I find it also helps with recovery.”

After his run he uses both THC and CBD to recover more effectively.

“For the post-run, I always consume some kind of THC product, but it is a habit of mine to use some kind of a salve or CBD compound, either medicinals or nutritionals, whichever one I actually have on hand. And then I usually just rub down any sore muscles. Especially if it’s been a longer run day, say six hours plus, it’s pretty common for me to just go ahead and use anywhere from thirty to fifty milligrams of compound on my legs.”

For an ultrarunner who covers miles like Avery does, having something to dull the aches and pains is invaluable.

“There’s throbbing and restlessness. Just rubbing down with a bunch of CBD compound allows for a lot of that uneasiness to be eliminated. It takes a lot of the edge off…It allows them to just relax and then gear up for another big day.”

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Sandy’s mom was diagnosed with dementia

Sandy’s mom is 93 years old. She’s been the picture of health until she was diagnosed with dementia at 90 years old.

“First it was the memory loss, then it was at the grouchiness, then it was the confusion, then she was suicidal, and that was the worst. Ringing up and saying, ‘I don’t belong on the planet; I really wanna go,’ she decided to go missing one afternoon for two and a half hours, and the last thing she said before she slammed the phone down was, ‘I’m gonna go walk in front of a bus or a car.’”

She was told about the benefits of marijuana, specifically CBD, and decided to give it a try, and the effects were enormous and almost immediate.

“Within 45 minutes she came to me and said, ‘What’s going on?’ It was like the strain melted from her face, she put her hands up on her temples and she’s walking around saying, ‘I can think, I can think!’ …You have to realize, when she was in the hospital she barely knew her name. I’ve got to say that the side effect that we’ve seen is our happiness and massive relief at how normal mom is again, how she can think, how she can complete a sentence. She can knit again, she can sew again!”

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Trevor Sand is a Gulf War veteran.

A tragic accident rendered him a quadriplegic, prescribed over 40 medications by his doctor. He used to take them all to manage his condition until about ten years ago when he the benefits of marijuana.

“They used to have me on so many pain pills, a lot of opiates and muscle relaxers and over 40 medications until I started using cannabis and now I’m down to two!”

His prescription load was supposed to be helping him, but it was putting an emotional strain on him and his family. Wiping drool from his face and experiencing his inability to hold a conversation left his daughter feeling like she was losing her father.

“He doesn’t pick things out of the air anymore, or hallucinate. He’s more alert,” says his wife.

“I don’t fall asleep in mid sentence anymore.”

According to the National Institute of Health, veterans are nearly twice as likely to die of an opioid overdose than civilians. By replacing so many of his dangerous and opioid medications with marijuana, Trevor is able to be present for times spent with his family, function more independently, and avoid contributing to the NIH’s overdose statistic.

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David has been dealing with neuropathy.

He has suffered this side effect of Crohn’s disease for about 20 years now. He’s been offered treatments for large sums of money, but no cure.

“The neuropathy is a side effect of the Crohn’s; I’ve had Crohn’s for over 20 years now. And before there was nothing, now they have all these expensive $3,000 a month supposed treatments, but they don’t cure anything.”

When he tried medical marijuana, he experienced a noticeable reduction in shooting pains in his foot.

“My neuropathy is almost gone.”

Now he’s exercising better and is even able to use the treadmill again.

“I did 25 minutes on the treadmill the other day, when before I couldn’t do that. Now I’m really working at it!”

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