The stigma surrounding cannabis is fading, but many people are still under the impression that it’s for younger people. On the contrary, medical marijuana has proven itself useful for all ages, especially older adults. When it comes to medical marijuana for elderly patients, there are several reasons that it’s even more beneficial!
Safer than Prescription Medications
First and foremost, studies have shown that medical marijuana is safer than most prescription drugs. The majority of prescribed drugs these days can produce a number of negative side effects. Aside from dry mouth, marijuana is practically side effect free!
Can Reduce or Replace Prescription Medications
So we know that medical marijuana is safer for elderly patients, but research has shown that it can also reduce or even replace prescription medications. Opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin, manage pain from a vast array of illnesses that cause bone, joint, and/or nerve pain in older adults. While they (usually) effectively treat pain, opioids commonly produce side effects like nausea, vomiting, constipation, etc…
Cannabis, on the other hand, can treat pain symptoms without any of these side effects, thus reducing the need for opioids.
Can Increase Appetite
Many elderly people struggle with maintaining their appetite. Marijuana increases appetite, helping the patient to avoid malnutrition. In turn, this will also help to prevent related injury by keeping the joints, muscles and bones strong.
You Don’t have to Get High
Many older patients are searching for relief, but disregard marijuana because they are not interested in “getting high”. Luckily, there are hundreds of different strains to choose from, all of which are capable of treating the same illnesses. Out of these strains, there are low THC, high CBD options that can treat your symptoms without the psychoactive effects!
You Don’t have to Smoke
You don’t have to get high and you also don’t have to smoke in order to reap cannabis’ benefits. There are many different methods of use including but not limited to: edibles, liquid concentrates, and topicals. You can simply eat an edible, drop a little liquid concentrate into your morning coffee or tea and even apply the medicine directly to your skin! Our point is, you have many different options when it comes to experiencing this incredible medicine.
One of the best things about cannabis is that it is non-addictive. While it is possible to build up a tolerance, you will never go through withdrawals if you choose to stop using it. Opioids and other prescription medications can cause you to build a tolerance and in extreme cases, become addicted. If you become addicted to opioids, you will experience withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop.
When it comes to medical marijuana for elderly patients, it can’t hurt to ask! See if your illness can be treated with medical marijuana by calling Marijuana Doctor at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation online.
The marijuana industry is constantly growing. Medical marijuana is now legal in more than 25 states. Some states have even legalized it for recreational use. It’s no secret that cannabis offers a multitude of benefits to its users, for a number of different health reasons. Because cannabis offers so many benefits, we must ask the question: Is cannabis the next superfood?
What is a Superfood?
Superfoods are considered “super” if they play a role in maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet. Foods including, but not limited to, whole grains, nuts, vegetables, fruits, salmon, etc. are often considered superfoods. This is because they are a great source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. In other words, they offer numerous health benefits. If we go by this definition, cannabis is an excellent candidate to be considered a superfood.
What are the Health Benefits of Cannabis
Cannabis provides a wide range of benefits. It is an an excellent source of vitamins (specifically Vitamin E & Zinc), and other nutrients like essential fatty acids. Cannabis seeds are also surprisingly high in protein when compared to other seeds.
Cannabis treats illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, and gastrointestinal issues. It alleviates symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy and many others. Cannabis has also been effective in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD and stress. Marijuana has the unique ability to decrease and possibly even end opioid addiction, as well. Many people use marijuana simply to help them sleep better or even to increase their appetite. Seeing as how marijuana can provide help to such a wide range of people with such a wide variety of illnesses and symptoms makes it difficult to argue that it is not a superfood.
How to Integrate this “Superfood” into Your Diet
Every part of the cannabis plant has something to offer. Many people believe that cannabis has to be eaten in sugary, nutrient deficient foods, like brownies or candies but this couldn’t be farther from the truth! A popular, healthy way to get your daily intake of this superfood is by putting a serving of the seeds or oils into a protein shake. You can put a couple raw leaves into a salad or use hemp oil in a salad dressing. Get creative! All of this evidence suggests that cannabis will be the next superfood!
Are you a Florida resident, in need of relief? Do you want to reap the benefits that this incredible plant has to offer? If so, contact us today to schedule your free consultation. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, schedule your appointment online or visit one of our 12 locations across the state of Florida.