Why is Plant Medicine Legalization important to
South Carolina?

Proven Medical Efficacy – Over 30,000 peer-reviewed studies on Plant Medicine

The positive anecdotal response of the veteran and patient community cannot be ignored any longer

Safe Access – Allows patients to access medicine safely from a regulated medical dispensary instead of the black market

Not a Gateway Drug, It is an exit drug – In medically legal states opioid prescriptions have been reduced by over 30% in the first year.

Mental Health Needs – Proven as an adjunct therapy to facilitate recovery and post-traumatic growth

Plant Medicine brings balance to our essential functions – Eating, Sleeping, Digestion, Arousal, Memory and Emotion

Opiate-sparing Properties – Plant Medicine is proving to be an exit drug for those who become addicted to the pharmaceuticals prescribed by their own physicians

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Frequently Asked Questions

South Carolina is one of only 14 states that does not allow the medical use of Plant Medicine. Veterans and others who are faced with chronic conditions, terminal illnesses, epilepsy, autism, and many others are still forced to become criminals in their own state to access a natural plant medicine that works.

Veterans, medical professionals and many other patients are pleading with South Carolina lawmakers to put an end to this injustice and pass the S.C. Compassionate Care Act and provide the medical freedom that it’s constituents deserve.

The S.C. Compassionate Care Act (S. 150 and H. 3361), is sponsored by Sen. Tom Davis (R) and Rep. Bill Herbkersman (R). The Senate Medical Affairs Committee advanced S. 150 on March 31, but the bill wasn’t called for a vote before the legislature adjourned on May 13, 2021. However, South Carolina has a two-year legislative session, and the bill sponsor — Sen. Tom Davis (R) — secured a commitment from his colleagues to give the S.C. Compassionate Care Act a Senate floor vote in 2022. Meanwhile, Gov. Henry McMaster’s stance on medical Plant Medicine is improving.

Patients must have at least one qualifying medical condition with a written certification from a physician. The patient must have a bona fide relationship with the physician.

Patients must apply to the health department (DHEC) for a registration card.

Qualifying conditions for SC program: cancer; multiple sclerosis; a neurological disease or disorder (including epilepsy); sickle cell anemia; glaucoma; PTSD; autism; Crohn’s disease; ulcerative colitis; cachexia; a condition causing a person to be homebound that includes severe or persistent nausea; terminal illness; a chronic medical condition causing severe and persistent muscle spasms; or a chronic medical condition for which an opioid is or could be prescribed based on standards of care.

If the patient is expected to recover within a year, or no longer needs Plant Medicine, the physician must make a notation so their ID expires earlier.

This will be required in South Carolina’s Compassionate Care Act, S150, which makes access for those in need incredibly safe. Unlike what South Carolinians are being forced to buy off of the street, A Certificate of Analysis (CoA) is a document provided by a third-party lab that analyses the various compounds found in your plant medicine. You can also find other information in a COA such as manufacturer information, testing method used, and batch data.

It has proven very quickly to be an ‘exit’ drug, and veterans and South Carolinians have and continue to use plant medicine to remove themselves from the addiction and substance abuse.

States with active medical medicine laws continue to see opioid prescription rates drop nearly 20 percent compared to prohibition states, a first-of-its-kind study out of Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center has found. Authors said the findings underscore the importance of providing patients with pain management alternatives, such as plant medicine, in efforts to reduce opioid use.

  1. Pharmaceutical Strategy Avoids the Healing Process – The Western model of medicine through is pharmaceutical strategy, at best, numbs the symptoms, and avoids the healing process. Trauma is not what happens to us, but what remains inside of us in the absence of an empathetic witness. Trauma is the painful, unprocessed emotion that we do not have a file folder for. In order to heal, we must turn the trauma into words. We must sit within the painful emotion and do intentional work to retrain and reshape our perspective. The pharmaceutical overload in an attempt to treat each symptom does not facilitate a healing process, instead, it stimulates avoidance behaviour that leads to degrading health, isolation, and eventually suicide.
  2. Consumption of Plant Medicine Reverses the Effects of Trauma on our Brain, facilitates homeostatic balance within our neurological and physiological systems, and enhances the neuroplastic properties of the brain that allow for intentional work and promotes safety learning. In short, within each of our brains, we have 2 brains that, under normal conditions, work together by communicating and integrating processes that generate our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Our animal brain (subconscious survival brain) and Human brain (conscious, logical, decision-making brain) talk back and forth when assessing our environment to determine whether or not situations are safe. During traumatic events, when the stress response is activated, the animal brain takes over and stops talking to the human brain, which changes the ways our body functions. For those of us who suffer from PTSD, our brains are stuck in that stress response, which is how we perceive and live everyday life. Everything is processed and treated as a threat, creating significant imbalances in our neurological and physiological processes that manifest themselves as chronic conditions. To keep it simple, when plant medicine is introduced into our bodies, it turns the stress response off and allows our 2 brains to start talking again. This is absolutely necessary to treat, process, and overcome trauma.
  3. To Effectively Treat Trauma, We Must Bring Balance to Our Primal Functions Plant Medicine brings homeostatic balance to our primal functions: appetite, digestion, reproduction, memory, emotions, and sleep. This sets the stage for intentional work to retrain, reshape, and remove the traumatic lens that leads to maladaptive behaviors. Bringing balance to these primal, or essential functions is absolutely necessary to effectively treat trauma. And yes, the science is there to prove this!

In 36 other states veterans are voting with their feet and turning to ‘Plant Medicine’. Medical programs have proven safe when well-regulated and frees veterans to consult with their own physician about their own health outcomes.

  1. High blood pressure, heart problems, Suicidal thoughts, Anxiety, Depression, Rapid Heartbeat, memory problems, Loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, Irritability, anxiety, anger, inability to concentrate, confusion, dizziness, slurred speech, muscle weakness, death.
  2. Stimulants – High blood pressure and heart problems, difficulty sleeping, decreased appetite, hyperarousal (nervousness and irritability), anxiety
  3. Antidepressants – SSRI’s- Common side effect irritability and anger
  4. Anti-Anxiety medications (Benzodiazepines) Overdose can be fatal. Common side effects – drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, slurred speech, muscle, weakness, memory problems, nausea (feeling sick), dry mouth, blurred vision, etc..
  5. Sleep Medication (Ambien) – Overdose can be fatal. Common side effects – Memory loss, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Anxiety, Rapid heartbeat, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Loss of appetite, Impaired vision, Slow breathing rates, Inability to concentrate, Disorientation, Emotional blunting, Nightmares, Sedation, Confusion, Aggression, Addiction, etc…
  6. Opioids for pain management. Overdose can be fatal. Side effects – anxiety, depression, irritability, memory loss, etc…

There has been no lethal dose found for medicine. Plant Medicine actually has no effect on our breathing modulation, unlike opioids, which makes it impossible to overdose, yet our medical professionals are still prescribing the same medications these men and women are taking their life with.

Our logo and our colors are intentional. They represent the law enforcement community, which is one of our biggest adversaries in plant medicine legalization, but at the same time, are affected mentally and physically in the same way as Veterans of the military. The irony is that the men and women who make up their ranks throughout this nation are the ones who will need plant medicine the most after years of service. After years of seeing and dealing with the ‘problems of humanity’ on a daily basis, they are the largest professional community affected by PTSD and mental health, yet continue to stigmatize and fight against the legalization of plant medicine. Our logo and colors are meant to symbolically wrap our arms around the law enforcement and first response communities as they kick and scream in an effort to deter our efforts. “You hate us, but we will still be here when you need us most; because you most certainly will.” It’s not if, it is when. We will be here waiting.

Important Note: According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 65% of veterans suffer from chronic pain and are twice as likely to die from an accidental prescription opioid overdose as non-veterans. As such, many veterans are looking for alternatives to highly addictive and potentially dangerous opioid medications.