According to a survey by the Washington Post, as reported by the D.C.-based National Council for Aging Care, when asked about the benefits of medical cannabis, 90 percent of respondents reported positive results, with more than 2,300 of those being senior citizens. With a total of 7500 people questioned, seniors made up the largest group in the study by far.
Moreover, as the Council for Aging Care reported, senior cannabis use rose by 250 percent between 2006 to 2013. Those numbers are, quite frankly, astounding.
In fact, poll after poll supports the data that more and more senior citizens are exploring their options when it comes to medical cannabis. For example, over the past 15 years, older Americans approval ratings of the plant have jumped over 15 points, from 29 percent in 2005 to 45 percent today.
Anecdotally, seniors who use medical cannabis are found to be less apprehensive over the treatment, once they begin to realize all of its actual benefits.
As noted in our FAQ section, seniors seek out medical cannabis for a variety of reasons, from pain and discomfort to more common ailments related to aging such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. As research shows, cannabis is a natural anti-inflammatory which may provide older patients with a way to avoid having to take so many prescription drugs.
A Possible Alternative to Harmful, Expensive Prescription Medication
For many seniors, cannabis is more cost effective and safer than prescription drugs, especially for anyone who uses pain medication. And seniors know better than anyone, as they take more than 33 percent of all prescription medications on the market today.
At $3,000 per year, medical marijuana is quickly becoming the go-to alternative.
The numbers back this data up as well, as one study recently revealed that states with medical cannabis programs had a drop in the cost of prescriptions for Medicare patients.
And with numbers like that, older patients are turning to medical cannabis in droves.
“People in their 80s and 90s, even retired Air Force colonels, are finding such relief” with cannabis, one older woman told the New York Times. “Almost everybody I know is using it in one form or another, she continued.” According to the Times, that even included her husband.
The woman herself, a 66-year-old retiree smokes a little cannabis every night to help relax as well as to help with a few other issues. “I think relaxing is healthy for you.”
How Medical Cannabis Can Help Senior Citizens
A growing body of research shows that medical cannabis can help senior citizens with a variety of ailments. From nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients to general pain to joint pain and nerve damage, seniors across the country are finding relief in a myriad of ways.
Of course, at Marijuana Doctor, the expert team of physicians has just completed a rigorous review of the available research, resulting in an expanded list of qualifying conditions for people of all ages. The list now includes such ailments as ALS, anorexia, anxiety, cancer, chemotherapy side effects, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, and depression just to name a few.
For a full list go here.
No matter what your age come by and talk to us anyway. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay! At Marijuana Doctor, we’re here to help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end. Our board-certified physicians will evaluate you to determine if you may benefit from medical marijuana.
And after you’ve received your recommendation, we’ll help you with the registration process with the Florida Department of Health as well. Best of all, our process is risk-free with a 100 percent money-back guarantee. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay.
If you believe that you may qualify for a Florida medical marijuana card, don’t hesitate to ask for help! Call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online.
Can you overdose on CBD? This is a question that many new medical marijuana users ask, and it’s a great one. Before we answer the question, we’re going to look at what CBD is and how it affects you.
There are over 100 different compounds in the cannabis plant, one of the most popular being Cannabidiol (CBD). The main difference between CBD and the other main compound, THC, is that THC produces the classic “high” that is associated with marijuana. Both of these compounds exhibit many symptom relieving characteristics, however.
CBD and THC produce their effects by interacting with the body’s built-in endocannabinoid receptors. These receptors are found in practically every major organ of the body. CBD can bind to these receptors, but it can’t activate them. THC binds to them and activates them (which is how it produces a high.)
No Lethal Overdose
Studies have shown that daily consumption of high doses (1500 mg) of CBD, have been proven to be well-tolerated by humans. There have been no reports of lethal overdose on this natural, non-toxic substance.
Prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin, and opioids such as heroin, are some of the most abused drugs out there. Prescription drugs can produce side effects that are worse than the symptoms they’re treating. Illegal drugs are abused by people who can’t find relief anywhere else.
CBD (and THC, for that matter) can treat your symptoms without the risk associated with narcotics and opioids.
People suffering from depression can experience suicidal thoughts. Prescription drugs with a lethal limit can become a dangerous temptation for these people. Having access to CBD can not only treat symptoms but also keep these patients from making life-altering decisions.
Those suffering from chronic pain, may find themselves taking more medication than they should. For this reason, overdose and death may occur. CBD is non-addictive and can relieve your chronic pain.
Patients diagnosed with panic disorder or anxiety are usually prescribed a benzodiazepine. These drugs will calm or sedate a person. Sometimes people suffering from severe anxiety disorder will combine benzodiazepines with opioids. As a result, this can produce fatal consequences. CBD will reduce anxious feelings and help you to relax, safely!
So, can you overdose on CBD? No! Unlike most prescription drugs, you cannot overdose on this natural substance. This means that you can get the relief you need, without worrying about any gnarly side effects.
Intrusive thoughts are a symptom of several different mental health disorders, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD and Anxiety Disorder. Studies have shown that patients may be able to take CBD for the treatment of intrusive thoughts.
What are intrusive thoughts?
Intrusive thoughts are unwanted ideas or obsessions that can make you feel anxious, angry, sad, or uncomfortable. Often times, it is impossible to make them go away or to even cope with them. They can keep you awake at night and cause you to lose focus throughout the day.
If you suffer from these thoughts, you may constantly play a random scenario over and over again in your mind, to the point of obsession. An example of this could be thinking you said something wrong or offensive to someone or believing that you left the oven on or door unlocked. Intrusive thoughts can greatly interfere with everyday life.
How CBD may be able to help…
People who suffer from intrusive thoughts have been found to have specific, overactive parts of the brain. The first overactive area is the Inferior Frontal Gyrus, which is responsible for language processing. The Cingulate Cortex is also overactive, which is in control of emotion, memory, and learning. Lastly, the Hippocampus is often overactive. This part of the brain is responsible for short-term & long-term memory, as well as spatial navigation.
CBD has the ability to disrupt the over activity in the Inferior Frontal Gyrus and Cingulate Cortex, impairing cognitive functions. This may be one of the ways that CBD is able to reduce anxiety, thus decreasing intrusive thoughts.
When it comes to the Hippocampus, CBD interacts with its receptors in such a way that it helps your brain deal with intrusive thoughts instead of letting them run wild in your head.
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There’s no reason to suffer in silence, when you very well may be able to use CBD for the treatment of intrusive thoughts.
Cannabis has the ability to treat a myriad of symptoms of different illnesses, including PTSD. In fact, one study showed that patients using cannabis had a 75% reduction in symptoms. Since this is the case, we’re going to look at what PTSD is, the symptoms one may show and the multiple ways medical marijuana is capable of treating PTSD.
What is PTSD?
PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a severe anxiety disorder that occurs after exposure to an event that results in psychological trauma. There are many different events that can cause PTSD (accidents, assaults, etc…) but the most common is PTSD from combat.
What are the common symptoms of PTSD
- Reliving the traumatic event that induced PTSD
- Avoiding situations, places and people that may cause one to relive the event
- Feeling keyed-up or hyper
- Sleep problems
- Poor Concentration
Multiple Ways Medical Marijuana Treats PTSD
Cannabis has the ability to promote sleep hormones, so that you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. This natural drug can also reduce and eliminate nightmares. Additionally, marijuana lacks the negative side effects that many prescription sleep aids can produce.
Slows Down and Soothes Intrusive Thoughts
Intrusive thoughts are a common contributor to PTSD. These are uncontrollable, threatening thoughts that occur in the patient’s mind, over and over again like a recurring nightmare while you’re wide awake. They can lead to overwhelming amounts of stress, anxiety, fear, anger, aggressiveness and depression. Luckily, Marijuana interacts with Cannabinoid receptors in the brain to slow your thought process and soothe these negative thoughts.
Hyperarousal causes a person to be on “high-alert” or feel extremely anxious. Often times, this is physically exhibited by increased heart rate and respiration. Typically this occurs from thinking about the traumatic event. Marijuana decreases these negative feelings that produce panic attacks.
Improves Impulse Control
Additionally, cannabis can slow the cognitive “thinking” process, perhaps providing more time to think a decision through.
Helps Ease Aggression and Anger
It has been suggested that unlike alcohol, marijuana actually reduces aggressiveness and makes the patient much slower to anger. Scientists believe this has something to do with the way cannabinoids (CBD and THC, specifically) interact with cannabinoid receptors in the brain.
Lifts Anxiety and Depression
Marijuana is particularly good at reducing anxiety and depression by boosting positivity. Certain strains provide different effects so it’s extremely important that you get a recommendation from your doctor as some strains can actually make anxiety and paranoia worse.
Consolidates Fear Memories
Furthermore, marijuana is able to assist in processing traumatic memories by consolidating fear memories. This means that it takes memories of negative experiences that may have gotten out of control and stabilizes them so that less flashbacks and panic attacks occur.
May Promote Neurogenesis
Neurogenesis is the growth and development of new nervous tissue. Research suggests that neurogenesis can treat anxiety disorders, like PTSD. Studies have shown that marijuana promotes neurogenesis, thus allowing it to treat this disorder.
All things considered, there’s no reason to suffer in silence, when medical marijuana is capable of treating PTSD.
If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, contact Marijuana Doctor, today.