It was daytime outside. But in the Los Angeles warehouse owned by cannabis grower THC Design, the room was pitch black — a darkness that mimics night, tricking marijuana plants into producing buds.
To avoid disrupting that cycle, Steven Passmore wore a headlamp with a subdued green bulb as he made his way down the rows, trimming leaves from the valuable plants.
Passmore didn’t understand the anxiety that started to creep in.
As he used the green lamp to navigate from plant to plant, he began to feel like he was a soldier again, back in the desert of Iraq, helping his patrol dodge roadside bombs as mortars went off all around him. Soon, Passmore was in tears.
It wasn’t until he talked to his therapist that Passmore realized the flashback was triggered by that little green light. It was the same shade imbued by night-vision goggles, which he wore routinely during the three years he served in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division.
Passmore, 33, has post-traumatic stress disorder. He also battles chronic pain from an injury — a busted