From Shock to Awe is feature-length documentary about how MDMA, cannabis, and ayahuasca are being used as alternative treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among some military veterans. The documentary centers on veterans Matt Kahl and Mike Cooley, and their challenging post-war lives, lives shattered by the trauma of war. The veterans personally struggle with anxiety, fear, depression, anger, and an overall inability to find an equilibrium in society and with their families. In order to deal with their erratic emotions and haunted state-of-mind, doctors prescribe intense pharmaceuticals with various side effects that bring them face-to-face with death. In response to the negative impact of traditional Western medicine, both veterans begin to use cannabis as an alternative. Although beneficial on many levels, our heroes yearn for deeper healing.