The Veterans

MICHAEL COOLEY

Michael Cooley

“I want to stop hating…everything.”

Veteran Michael Cooley is fighting back tears as he struggles to explain why he wants to take the psychedelic brew ayahuasca. And as is so common with sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, he struggles hardest when acknowledging the effect his PTSD has had on the people he loves the most. Read More

KEVIN RICHARDSON

Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson knows better than most that post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans is not simply the result of being in combat.

A medically retired Marine Corps veteran, Richardson is the founder of Weed for Warriors Project, a group dedicated to promoting the healing properties of medical marijuana specifically for veterans suffering from PTSD. He was inspired to create the group after experiencing the hell of PTSD, and the relief from it that cannabis can bring, firsthand. Read More

FABIAN HENRY

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When Veteran Fabian Henry is asked how his life would have been different had he not tried cannabis to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder, he doesn’t pause for even a moment before answering.

“Somebody would be dead and I would be in jail, or I would be dead,” says the former Canadian Armed Forces sergeant and 36-year-old founder of Marijuana for Trauma, which helps veterans and others suffering from PTSD obtain medical marijuana. Read More

MATT KAHL

Matt Kahl“I thought I was fine when I got back from the service, from my first deployment,” recalls U.S. Army Corps Veteran Matthew Kahl. “But I was gravely mistaken. I was not OK at all. I was hurt inside.”

Kahl, who served in the 101st Airborne Division from 2007-2011, didn’t grow up wanting to join the military. A contentious relationship with his father, himself a career U.S. Marine Corps officer, prompted Kahl to oppose military service. It was only after his son was born in the years following 9/11 that Kahl felt drawn to serve. And his first deployment of Afghanistan went “extremely well.” Read More

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Filming for From Shock to Awe began mid-October 2015, when we followed The Cannaball Run for Vets from L.A. to Washington, D.C.. In April 2016, we joined veterans Ryan LeCompte, Michael Cooley, and Matt Kahl as Cooley and Kahl embarked on their first ayahuasca ceremonies. And in June, we filmed Fabian Henry and his group, Marijuana for Trauma. We—and the veterans—are counting on your support to make this film and spread the word about using psychedelic medicines to heal PTSD. Your donation is tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, the non-profit MAPS. Please click the button below and give whatever you can!

WEB & CROWDFUNDING BY awake-logo-2015 Many thanks to visionary artist Cameron Gray for the use of his artwork The Journey Begins' in the title illustration.  
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