Cannabis and Aging

According to studies, cannabis use in the US is increasing by the day. Physicians recommend cannabis for medication Tale of Two Strains 

Some factors seem to be behind this façade, not least the decreasing stigma regarding cannabis use, especially for medical purposes. Many countries now approve the use of marijuana for medical use in older adults. These older folks use cannabis for the same reasons that the younger generation does: neuropathy, pain, insomnia, and anxiety.  

The stigma and the illegality the use of cannabis user feedback among older folk is almost non-existent.  

Old people usually have health issues that force them to be using multiple medicines. With cannabis having over 600 chemicals, it affects blood levels of the medicines one is taking. One should be especially careful about anti-seizure and blood-thinning medication. Due diligence is a must and constant communication with medical providers about cannabis use. Especially in the case of surgery, disclosing cannabis use is crucial. 

The highs of cannabis is a cause of concern among the aged, especially dementia patients.  

Research shows that cognitive functions tend to improve with cannabis use due to improved pain control. Older patients are using low doses and thus negating the effects of chronic pain. There is a need for more studies n all these areas. 

The elderly are using cannabis with less stigma than before with more public acceptance. Cannabis is being recognized for chronic pain and insomnia. It is easier to have a discussion with doctors as one weighs the risks involved. Especially if one has cardiac issues, it important to discuss with medical personnel. Share with your doctor as often as possible about cannabis use. This way you can know if the doses you are taking is okay. 

Lifestyle changes that occur among the aged, such as the loss of a loved one, relocation, or retirement lead to loneliness and ay encourage the use of cannabis.  

Aging also involves structural changes in brain functions, and uncontrolled use of cannabis can make it worse.  

Older folk report that cannabis helps in the issues of anxiety, pain, and insomnia. Researchers find that most of the patients who use cannabis started using it after age 60.  

These new users normally will use cannabis for medical reasons strictly. Also, they are more likely to discuss it freely with their doctors. 

More mapping and collation of available research are required for developing policy and regulation. The current store of knowledge is insufficient and woefully scanty. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) has several health benefits especially for older adults, but research is in the very early stages. It is one of the 100 or so chemicals found in the cannabis Sativa plant. CBD doesn’t is associated with the highs that many people connect with cannabis. The FDA has never agreed to guarantee the quality, effectiveness, or safety of CBD products. This means that the individual user must be double careful and cooperate with his medical doctor at all times.