5 ways Medical Marijuana can help seniors, 5 things to watch out for

There is an opioid addiction crisis occurring in this country, at the same time that medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states. Many people who once viewed marijuana as something they would scold their rebellious teens for using, are now turning to it to ease their own ailments. When it comes to elderly afflictions, medical marijuana is on the rise.

5 things marijuana can do to help

  1. Medical marijuana can help increase the appetites in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. They reach a certain point where their brains no longer signal that they are hungry, and the drug can help reverse that.
  2. Seniors can get infused topical treatments for arthritis and neuropathy. They don’t necessarily have to smoke it or even eat it, and the relief is delivered right where it’s needed.
  3. The drug can help ease anxiety, which many elderly struggle with. They can purchase gummies or chocolates to consume when anxious feelings come up.
  4. Marijuana helps older patients sleep and can eliminate the need for over the counter and prescription drugs.
  5. Cancer patients can get relief from nausea by using medical marijuana, which is probably the most well-known and widely accepted form of use.
When it comes to elderly afflictions, medical marijuana is on the rise.
When it comes to elderly afflictions, medical marijuana is on the rise.

5 things to watch out for

  1. Consult with a doctor before trying any sort of medical marijuana to make sure the product won’t interfere with any existing medications or therapies.
  2. Insurance and Medicare won’t pay for marijuana as it is not an approved therapy at the federal level, so this will be an out-of-pocket expense. Most facilities require cash payment.
  3. Make sure to go to a licensed facility. This way product is more regulated and tested.
  4. Pay attention to doses, read labels, and again, consult your physician.
  5. Some strains may still cause sleepiness or fatigue, so make sure to let the licensed professional guide you to the correct product for your specific needs.

“Many people who once viewed marijuana as something they would scold their rebellious teens for using, are now turning to it to ease their own ailments.”

Most medical marijuana won’t get you high, you won’t start craving Doritos and watching MTV (unless that’s already your thing), and less people are viewing the product through a negative lens than in the past. There have been zero reported deaths from use of the product, and many doctors believe it is safer and less addictive that prescribed medications. If you or your loved one are wondering if this might be a good option speak to a doctor, find a respectable and licensed facility, and see if the product offers any relief.

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