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Assistance Program

Veterans and ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE Personnel, first responders, long-term disability and low-income individuals.

Receive 20% off full retail price items in our online store.

Veterans or Active Duty Service Personnel?

If you are a veteran of the US Armed Forces, you risked your life and liberty for the sake of our country. To show our appreciation, all veterans and active duty service personnel are eligible for our 20% off full retail price items in our online store.

We understand that you risk both your physical and mental health for us. NYU Langone Medical Center researchers discovered that those suffering from PTSD have much lower levels of the anandamide than the general population. What is anandamide? It’s an endocannabinoid that activates your endocannabinoid system, without it the system cannot run effectively. How does CBD come into play here? CBD is a phytocannabinoid that is able to stimulate the receptors of your endocannabinoid system if there aren’t enough endocannabinoids (anandamide) that your body is producing. The endocannabinoid system is centrally enmeshed in stress regulation. We suspect that those with PTSD have low anandamide levels due to the stress on the body from physical and mental traumas, depleting the stash. If there aren’t enough endocannabinoids to control stress, havoc is wreaked on the body.

Many pharmaceuticals and substances work as bandaids to the wounds that come home with our soldiers. We want long-term solutions instead of bandaids. We want our men and women to heal and we believe that CBD can play a big role in this process. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating inflammation throughout the body, and creating healthy sleep cycles, and memory consolidation and retrieval (PTSD = formed by memory avoidance). CBD can help a deficient endocannabinoid system function once again, so that our bodies can sleep through the night (no nightmares), consolidate our memories properly, and heal. 

To prove eligibility, please choose the Military Discount Option upon checkout.

  • This will prompt you to create an account with ID Discount
    (a 3rd party that verifies uploads of any of the following items)

    • Email ending in .mil
    • Official Military ID / Veterans Affairs ID
    • Dd-214 Certificate of Release/Discharge (please cover your SSN)
    • Promotion Certificate / Award Certificate
    • Veteran Affairs Postal Letters
    • Drivers License showing VA endorsement (requires a visit to DMV to add to license)
    • G.I. Bill Document

First Responders?

(Police, Firefighters, Search and Rescue Personnel, and Emergency and Paramedical Teams)

If you are on the scene in emergency situations, we know that there is a lot of stress—lives depend on you. To show our gratitude, all first responders are eligible for our 20% off full retail price items in our online store.

Along with placing themselves in physical harm’s way, these individuals are more likely to develop trauma, behavioral health conditions (such as PTSD and depression), and even commit suicide. The root of PTSD and anxiety are mental avoidance behaviors. We want to help prevent that. We believe

that CBD may calm the occasional increased demand on the stress pathways in the body, help proper memory consolidation in the occasional traumatic event, and basically provide physiological support.

  • Provide the following documentation:
    (a 3rd party that verifies uploads of any of the following items)

  • Official ID Card
  • Official Badge
  • Pay Stub
  • Promotion/Award Certificate

Long-term disabilities? 

Individuals with long-term disabilities have needs that most people are unaware of. Individuals receiving disability benefits are eligible for our price discount of 20% off all full retail price items in our online store.

Those suffering from these ailments must not only struggle with their health, but also with financial problems if an individual is unable to work. The endocannabinoid system supports stress pathways, the immune system, and overall physiological function generally. In a time of great burden, the endocannabinoid system can run out of supply (endocannabinoids) so the body may need to be supplemented with other cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids from the hemp plant) that have the ability to activate the receptors of the endocannabinoid system. We want to do anything we can to help people in these unfortunate circumstances. If you are hurt, it is not the time that you should be putting your health last.

 

To prove eligibility, please provide a copy of correspondence demonstrating receipt of benefits between yourself and one of the following governmental entities:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

To apply for our Long-Term Disability Relief options, please send an email to info@californiabotanicaldrugstore.com with relevant documentation attached:

No subject or body required

  • A clearly legible photograph or digital scan of the ENTIRE document is required to become eligible
  • Please allow 7-10 days for your application to be processed

Then you qualify for our Price discount

  • If approved, you will receive an email with a custom lifetime discount code for 20% off of all full-retail-price items in our online store
  • Please limit use of your code to you and immediate family members only

Low Income? 

Individuals and households at or below the federal poverty level are eligible for our price discount of 20% off all full retail price items in our online store.

Low income individuals are burdened by daily stress which can lead to chronic disease. The endocannabinoid system is central in stress management. The Center for Disease Control states that these individuals have higher health risks, greater social needs, and less access to care. The endocannabinoid system is the basis of our immune system and is crucial in disease prevention. Having a functioning endocannabinoid system is so important for all physiological functioning—if you are burdened by stress and a lack of options, we want you to experience the benefits of hemp, regardless of your ability to pay.

To prove eligibility, please provide a copy of correspondence demonstrating receipt of benefits between yourself and one of the following governmental entities:

 

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
    • *Note: Medicaid will NOT pay for your purchase. It simply qualifies you for our Price discount*
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
    • *Note: CHIP will NOT pay for your purchase. It simply qualifies you for our Price discount*
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)