Medical Marijuana for Seniors
More and more seniors are turning to medical marijuana for pain relief. Medical Marijuana can be beneficial to seniors and their health.
Medical marijuana is a safer and more cost-efficient alternative to many prescription drugs like opioids and antipsychotics and have far less side effects. On average, a senior can spend close to $3000 per year on prescription medications. How much on average does a person spend per year for medical marijuana? Around $650.
Medical Uses Of Cannabis
One of the primary uses of medical marijuana is to help cancer patients. Smoking marijuana can help with the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatment. Studies have shown that medical marijuana can help with the pain and get the patients appetite back, while having positive results in treating tumors, lymphomas and cancers. Medical marijuana prevents the formation of blood vessels necessary for tumor growth. It has the ability to target cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells intact.
Patients with Alzheimer’s disease use medical marijuana to assist with depression and loss of appetite that comes with this disease. It has been shown that THC can also help slow the advancement of this degenerative brain disease. THC inhibits the enzymes responsible for the forming of amyloid plaque. If this plaque never forms, Alzheimer’s doesn’t develop.
Most seniors have experienced some sort of pain, that comes with aging. Medical marijuana can help relieve joint pain, which is common with arthritis, nerve damage and chronic illness. Creams, rubs, pain patches and of course smoking, vaping and edibles all are effective in pain management.
Medical marijuana can relieve pressure for hours at a time, that comes with glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that causes pressure in your eyes that occurs when a buildup of fluid damages the nerves in your eyeball. Glaucoma is the leading cause for blindness in patients over 60.
Eating disorders are very common among seniors. Nearly 80% of deaths from anorexia are among the elderly. Medical marijuana is effective in stimulating appetite, and alleviating nausea. On the other hand, medical marijuana can also help you slim down.
Depression is also a common symptom of aging. Medical marijuana is effective in balancing mood and alleviating depression. Cannabis tends to make people laugh, along with enhancing the taste of foods, sounds and making colors brighter and more vivid.
Ways to Consume MMJ
There are several different ways to benefit from medical marijuana. The most popular way to consume marijuana is to smoke or vape it. Smoking and vaporizing provide instant pain relief. Smoking is the cheaper option, but vaping is less harsh on your lungs.
Consuming medical marijuana takes longer to take effect. Medical marijuana can be infused into food and drinks to simplify consumption. Edibles are also a discreet way to medicate.
Lotions and creams can help relieve muscle soreness and arthritis pain. Topicals don’t give you the “high” like other delivery methods do, so they are great for daytime use.
Most seniors fear they could become addicted if they start using medical marijuana. Marijuana is not physically addictive. It is often used daily and stopped “cold turkey”. Quitting marijuana is just like stopping drinking coffee.
It is important to talk with your doctor if you are thinking about giving medical marijuana a try. Be sure your doctor knows all of the medications you take, so he can get the right dosage for you.