Cannabis use among seniors
Seniors and older adults are among the fastest growing cannabis users. The medical benefit is one of the reasons this group is growing as consumers.
98682, VANCOUVER, CANADA, Aug 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Seniors and older adults are among the fastest growing groups of medical cannabis users. Are you surprised? If you’ve experienced the medicinal benefits of marijuana, then it probably isn’t! This plant can be used to treat a variety of ailments, from helping you fall asleep at night to relieving chronic pain that is unresponsive to even opioids, etc.
Studies have shown that the older adult population includes the rapidly growing group of new cannabis users. In fact, many conclude that around a third of all users in Canada are seniors. Not to mention the numbers show that roughly a quarter of all older adults who use cannabis are new users. Quarter after quarter since the historic legislation of October 2018, more and more seniors and older adults are discovering the amazing world of cannabis. Another significant finding was that people over 65 were less likely to become daily users compared to all age groups under 65.
CBD products are also popular with older adults in Canada
The majority of cannabis use in older adults involves the use of flowers or other products that contain the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is important to note that many people in their older years enjoy the gentle body effects caused by cannabidiol (CBD). If you want to learn more about cannabidiol or CBD oil and its numerous benefits, you can do so in our previous blog post here.
The use of medical marijuana opens the discussion for seniors
Many older adults are curious about marijuana use because of its medicinal benefits. Since medical marijuana has been legal in Canada for 20 years or more, this provides an environment for the elderly to open up and ask more questions about cannabis. There is comfort in being able to weigh the risks and benefits with a healthcare provider, and in the case of medical cannabis, there are very few possible side effects, in stark contrast to pharmaceutical options used to treat cannabis same complaints such as chronic pain, insomnia, neuropathy, etc.
Considerations for Older Adults and Cannabis Use
Marijuana is a natural plant, and it is true that no one has ever died from a cannabis overdose. However, that does not mean that people, especially the elderly population, do not make certain considerations about marijuana use.
Cardiac considerations. Cannabis can increase heart rate and, in some people, blood pressure. If you already have heart problems, contact your doctor. It is not uncommon for people over 65 to have multiple medications that are prescribed and taken for them on a daily basis. If you are taking any medication (especially blood thinners or anti-seizure medications), it is a good idea to discuss with your doctor whether medical marijuana could cause negative side effects or interactions. It is important that you openly discuss your cannabis use with your doctors, especially if you are going to have surgery. If you consume cannabis, you may need to adjust your anesthesia levels or take other important precautions. and the highly concentrated forms, such as extracts or high-dose foods. CBD is a surefire thing and is not known to increase heart rate.
Cognitive considerations. Cannabis products that contain the psychoactive cannabinoid THC can affect your thinking. This can be a problem for older adults with dementia or confusion. To avoid profound psychological effects, seniors are better off sticking to products with lower THC levels. CBD products in Canada are non-intoxicating and so may be preferred by seniors who want to experience the medicinal effects. Oddly enough, there is also research that suggests that patients who use cannabis can improve their cognitive functions, in part due to the benefits of pain control and improved sleep patterns. Further studies will need to be done to confirm these results.
Cannabis use in the elderly is definitely increasing. Social acceptance and the removal of social stigma are largely part of this trend, but it is encouraging. Medical marijuana has been documented as being effective for patients suffering from a variety of health conditions, particularly chronic pain and insomnia.
While cannabis is a natural alternative with very few side effects and very low risk, if you are on multiple medications or have cognitive impairment, it is a good idea to educate yourself about the benefits and risks. Talk to your doctor or start with very small doses of THC. You can also experiment with CBD or CBD oil alone and experience the other effects of cannabis.
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