Can Medical Cannabis Help Seniors?
The use of Medical Cannabis by seniors is one of the highest (no pun intended) growth areas for Medical Cannabis and is one place that using Medical Cannabis can provide the best outcomes.
The reason for this is simple, anecdotal evidence shows that seniors have many of the kinds of physical challenges best helped by Medical Cannabis and have the interest to do something about it.
According to Perry Solomon, M.D., physician, and former chief medical officer at HelloMD, an online cannabis education platform “The 65-plus age group is part of the fastest growing demographic that we are seeing when it comes to cannabis utilization. This older crowd seem to be the ones that are most curious, and willing to try, new methods to contribute to their health and wellness.”
Thinking About Medical Cannabis is Changing
Ten thousand people turn sixty-five each day, according to the Pew Research Center, and more and more are trying the drug for their health and well-being. Even conservative politicians are warming to the idea. John Boehner is the sixty-eight-year-old former Speaker of the House.
In 2011 said he was “unalterably opposed” to the legalization of marijuana. Recently he made news by announcing that he was joining the board of Acreage Holdings, which distributes cannabis across eleven states. His “thinking on cannabis” had “evolved,” he tweeted.
Let us look at some of the preclinical studies and anecdotal evidence of why Seniors are getting more involved with Medical Cannabis.
It Works for Most Seniors
Medical Cannabis works for most people I have met. That is, something happens when they take it. However, there are reasons why Medical Cannabis may NOT work for everyone:
- Folks try it once and stop before it starts to work. Cannabis use sometimes requires to jump start your Cannabis connections in your body and it may take more than a couple of times of trying to bring the effects up to speed.
- Folks try it once and then stop when they think they are fixed. Nope. Your physical challenges were there before Medical Cannabis and while it may help you with them, it will not cure you completely. It is good to keep a certain level of CBD in your system so that your symptoms are muted.
- Folks try it and do not like it.
Recent Studies Agree
Remedy Review studied over 1,000 seniors, all of who were at least 54 years old, by asking them questions about their CBD usage and the associated benefits and side effects.
The study noted that that 51% of Seniors who have tried CBD in the study report that their quality of life had improved. 78% of seniors in the study said they were satisfied with CBD and 89% said they would recommend CBD to their family member or friends for health-related reasons.
As we grow older the number of health problems increases and it makes sense that Seniors are looking for relief without having to take prescriptions that have the potential to addict them or hurt them in some way with “side effects.” What kinds of health challenges do seniors face and how can CBD-only products and stronger Medical Cannabis products with both CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids help them?
What Were the Results?
Here are some numbers to think about. After the Seniors took the CBD in the study, they said that:
- 61.1% – reduced pain
- 45.6% – improved sleep quality
- 30.0% – reduced anxiety
- 30.0% – stress relief
- 23.3% – more positive mood
- 7.8% – improved cognitive functions
- 7.8% – increased appetite
- 5.6% – lower blood pressure
- 16.7% said they saw no benefit
Most impressive is how many people benefited from the study. The percentage of people with Excellent Health almost doubled to 65.60%, probably coming from those with fair and poor health who now had better health. Both Fair Health and Poor Health were both reduced significantly when they moved into Fair or Excellent Health.
What Kinds of Illnesses Does Medical Cannabis Help?
Medical Cannabis offers significant support for different kinds of illnesses. A study at Aging.com notes that Medical Cannabis can support a variety of illnesses including:
- Cancer – helped curb nausea, vomiting, increasing appetite, and neurological damage in chemotherapy patients. [Note: Other anecdotal evidence shows that Medical Cannabis can reduce or eliminate cancer tumors.]
- Alzheimer’s Disease – in 2014 a preclinical study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that THC helped slow the advancement of these beta-amyloid, and the results from the study “strongly suggest that THC could be a potential therapeutic treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease through multiple functions and pathways.”
- General Pain – Seniors feel more joint pain, nerve damage, and chronic illness pain in later years for many reasons. But, considering seniors constitute less than 15% of the population, yet are prescribed more than one-third of all prescription drugs – using Medical Cannabis can not only reduce pain but is a “convenient and healthier alternative” to the addiction that can happen with opioids.
- Anxiety/Mental Health Disorders – Studies have shown that CBD can help with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), panic attacks, moderate depressions, and general anxiety. These studies (conducted in animals, to this point) found that CBD helps stimulate serotonin receptors in the brain, which is the main goal of other anti-anxiety medications like Zoloft.
- Addiction – Medical Cannabis can help reduce or eliminate the dependency on opioids and other addictive drugs. If you read the news, it is not so surprising that seniors can easily become addicted to prescription drugs. Analysis on studies by the National Institute for Drug Abuse illustrates how, with Medical Cannabis legal and available through dispensaries there have been fewer deaths caused by prescription opioids, less treatment for opioid addiction, general prescription of opioids is down, and there has been a reduced number of people self-reporting opioid misuse.
After reading this, you might be more interested in Medical Cannabis for Seniors. Are these the physical challenges you have? We will bet you have some of these challenges and are looking to figure out if Medical Cannabis is right for you. Next, you need to find out more about “How to Safely Use Medical Cannabis,” 5-Steps to Safely Using Medical Cannabis, and the MediCannaCare Low and Slow Testing Process. Click here to Start.