Now that medical cannabis is accepted by the majority, seniors are starting to become 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 cannabis 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 cannabis is a safe alternative to prescription drugs. 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. Cannabis 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 cannabis, on the other hand, is non-habit forming. Despite the federal government’s classification as a Schedule 1 substance, which indicated a 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 cannabis seem to be popping out of the woodwork. Recent studies are showing that cannabis 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 premature cell death.
Topicals Won’t Get You High
Just because you use medical cannabis, 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 with 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 one’s mind, yet if ever there was a time to do so, it is now. Medical cannabis is gaining support from traditional medical communities and even law enforcement in many places.
The era of legalized cannabis is upon us, and if for no other reason, why not?