Now that medical marijuana is accepted by the majority of the public, seniors are starting to be curious. Our grandparents grew up in a generation where prohibition and propaganda were just how it was. But the times have changed and more and more people are turning to medical marijuana for medicinal relief, and that includes senior citizens. Seniors today are inundated with pharmaceutical medications that can sometimes add to their ailments instead of relieving them. Here are our top five reasons why cannabis is the right medicine for those of us in our golden years.
It’s Safe and Effective
Medical marijuana is a safe alternative to prescription drugs. As we get older, more and more things can go wrong. There are medications for blood pressure, for aches and pains, and just about anything that can take a turn with a person. As we get up there in age, the number of prescriptions we take typically grows and grows. This can lead to potential adverse reactions or even overdose if one isn’t careful. Marijuana can be used to substitute for a slew of pharmaceuticals, and provide natural and safe relief.
If you are taking prescriptions for everyday aches and pains, there is always the chance of addiction. Opioids in particular have a reputation for feeling good and being a hard habit to kick. Medical marijuana on the other hand is non-habit forming. Despite the federal government’s classification as a Schedule 1 substance, which indicated high potential for abuse, the science has shown us otherwise. Cannabis is even being used in places to break people from opioid addiction.
Breakthroughs in Dementia Research
New uses for medical marijuana seem to be popping out of the wood work. Recent studies are showing that marijuana use can help fight the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. One of the causes of dementia and memory loss in seniors is the build up of neural plaque in the brain. These are fundamentally toxic buildups in neural tissue that leads to memory problems. Cannabis has been shown to slow the build up of this plaque in dementia patients. It also helps slow the degeneration of neurons by acting as an anti-inflammatory, and it is believed that CBD helps prevent pre-mature cell death.
Topicals Won’t Get You High
Just because you use medical marijuana, doesn’t mean you are getting high. There are a variety of topical ointments and salves that can introduce CBD and other cannabinoids to a localized area, without the concern of catching a buzz. Cannabis ointments can be applied to the skin and will help the area it is applied to This is great for general aches and pains as well as the inflammation associated with arthritis and joint discomfort.
Growing up in an era when cannabis was demonized with the likes of cocaine, and heroin would make just about anybody think twice. Living through decades of propaganda can make it hard to change ones mind, yet if ever there was a time to do so, it is now. Medical marijuana is gaining support from traditional medical communities and even law enforcement in many places.
The era of legalized marijuana is upon us, and if for no other reason, why not?
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.