"The second cannabis touched my lungs, I knew…it saved my life." So says Noah Starr. After joining the Canadian military at 21, Noah returned from his service suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. “I feel like I couldn’t connect to anything or anyone,” he says. "I was suicidal. There were a lot of instances where I might not be here.”

"I had to make the decision: life or death."

Happily, Noah found a way to heal, and to help others like himself, through CannaConnect. With nine offices across the country, the company's goal is to connect patients with healthcare providers who understand the life-changing medicinal properties of cannabis. Through consultations and other services, people like Noah can make use of the plant’s many therapeutic benefits.

A particular focus for CannaConnect is the health and well-being of veterans - to date, they've helped thousands of vets and their family members. Patients who have served in the military or the RCMP are eligible for free membership. Recently, CannaConnect expanded even further on this mandate, launching a partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada and donating $25K in support of mental- health programs. A portion of all proceeds generated from the new partnership will also be donated to further strengthen Wounded Warriors programming.

But perhaps most importantly, CannaConnect offers veterans - and their family members - an opportunity to meet people going through similar struggles, via peer support programs and social activities. Noah is just one of the many people who has decided to “pay it forward” and connect with other veterans and patients going through what he went through after returning home.

Want to learn more? Watch our documentary about Noah and his family below: