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What Seniors Should Know About Medical Cannabis

There has long been a negative stigma about the use of cannabis, yet as more and more states began to legalize medical marijuana, this stigma has been decreasing. Scientific evidence continues to back marijuana instead as an aide towards health and wellness. However, many senior citizens grew up during a time when cannabis was illegal in the United States and grew up with an extremely negative view of medical cannabis. This also means that the demographic that may be the most misinformed about cannabis is also the group that might benefit the most from this natural plant. Below are ten things that senior citizens should know about medical cannabis:

  1. Cannabis is safer than many commonly prescribed medications. Many senior citizens have to take prescription drugs on a daily basis, often with negative side effects. The “side effects” of cannabis are insignificant in comparison to some of the side effects of many prescription drugs, and not a single person has ever died from a cannabis overdose.
  2. Cannabis is not physically addictive. Senior citizens are often worried about becoming addicted to cannabis, which is not physically possible.
  3. Cannabis can reduce and possibly replace many prescription medications. While every case is different, medical cannabis is able to target chronic pain, digestive disorders, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and more, which may be able to replace some of the prescription medications.
  4. There are many different types/”strains” of cannabis.
  5. There are cannabis strains without the high. This is a main concern for senior citizens, who simply do not want the high that cannabis is associated with. Fortunately, many harvest cultivators have developed and are currently producing CBD genetic strains that have a minimal psychoactive effect with the medical benefits.
  6. There are ways to use cannabis other than smoking it. You do not have to smoke cannabis to gain the medical benefits; from liquid extracts to infused ingestibles, we provide a variety of non-smoking ways to ingest medical cannabis.
  7. Cannabis-infused ointments can be very effective in alleviating arthritis and neuropathy pain. To help with joint pain, you can take advantage of medicated creams that do not involve smoking or feeling any sort of “high.”
  8. Cannabis does not lower your IQ or cause brain damage. One of the most common misconceptions is that intelligence is lowered or brain damage occurs, which has been disproven through scientific studies.
  9. Cannabis can help increase your appetite. One of the most dangerous health risks among senior citizens is the loss of appetite, leading to weight loss. Medical cannabis has been proven to be an appetite stimulant; however, studies have also shown that obesity rates are lower for those that use cannabis three times a week to those that do not at all.
  10. The stigma around medical cannabis use is fading. Senior citizens are the fastest growing population of new medical cannabis users. There is no other reason for this other than it is working for them.

If you have any questions about medical cannabis or how it can help you or a loved one, please contact Herbology!

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