Veteran’s Day: A Family Story

Veteran’s Day is a time to honor those who have served in The United States Armed Forces. It is a holiday that brothers Nick and Eric Speidell, co-founders of The Green Solution®, hold very close to their hearts.

When the Iraq War started in 2003, Nick Speidell felt obligated to have a representative of the family in the military, and he enlisted that year. He served in the US Marine Corps from 2003 – 2009, with his primary base in Aurora, CO. Nick’s time in the military shaped who he is today: it helped set his core values, build confidence, taught him responsibility, and helped him define his role as a leader. “Returning always reset priorities and reminded us of what is important,” Nick said, “I’ve spoken with many employees that can relate to a military family and understand the core values that are instilled. I feel that gives them a reference point to help comfort them through change, change is hard. You really have to trust your leaders through those times.”

Growing up, Eric looked up to his older brother Nick. They went to The University of North Carolina together, and it felt like a natural path to follow in his footsteps. Recognizing the incredibly positive effect the military had on Nick’s life, Eric decided to enlist in 2006. He served in the US Marine Corps until 2010, with his primary base in Aurora, CO (alongside his brother). Eric brings the lessons he learned during his service to his work at The Green Solution every day. “The Marine Corps taught me that I can accomplish anything, and that no matter how hard things become, perseverance and determination will allow me to prevail,” Eric said, “I found myself rising to the occasion through my endeavors, and I apply that mentality to my day to day tasks at The Green Solution.”

When it comes to cannabis and veterans, Nick and Eric recognize how important this connection is. “Cannabis is a unique outlet,” Nick said, “Leaving and going through what we go through changes the way you think, the way you feel, life takes on a new shape….I think for some vets cannabis has a calming factor and gets them through those low points.”

Although more study is needed to determine if and how cannabis can assist veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anecdotal evidence suggests it may relieve some of the disorder’s symptoms. In late 2014, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) received a $2.15 million grant from the state of Colorado to conduct a study on how cannabis affects veterans suffering from PTSD. Martin Lee is an affiliate of MAPS and director of its Project CBD.

Lee wrote, “Researchers found that people with PTSD had lower levels of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid compound, compared to those who did not show signs of PTSD…innate to all mammals, anandamide (our inner cannabis, so to speak) triggers the same receptors that are activated by THC and other components of the marijuana plant.” Lee is among the millions who are hopeful that advances in science will help alleviate this tragic affliction facing so many of our veterans. In the meantime, The Green Solution is doing what it can to honor active service members and veterans.

As a family, the military has made the Speidell brothers tougher, closer and more thankful. “It is not easy to serve and sacrifice your life for others, and often we overlook this humble act. We believe these men and women should be taken care of and we will continue to do our part,” Eric said.“ The Green Solution thanks our Veterans for their service, and we will continue to honor them every day.

The Green Solution® offers a 10% discount to veterans every day. On military holidays, including this Veteran’s Day (11/11), we are tripling that discount – if you have a valid military ID, we invite you to save 30% off your purchase. We thank you for your service.