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.
Before we can go over the main benefits of CBD oil, we must first understand what it is in the first place. There are more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is one of the most well-known cannabinoids, the most popular being Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, for short.
THC is known for offering many health benefits, especially it’s euphoric properties (the classic high-feeling). CBD offers many of the same benefits, without the psychoactive effects. This makes it safe and effective for people that require relief, but are not looking to experience a high.
Benefits of CBD Oil
This is by far, one of the most popular effects of CBD oil. It has been shown to interact with the pain receptors in the brain to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. An even greater benefit of CBD oil is that it doesn’t produce any of the nasty side effects that sometimes come along with opioids. People with all different illnesses experience relief with CBD oil. It’s often prescribed for people suffering from cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, gastrointestinal issues and many other diseases with painful symptoms.
Many studies have shown that CBD oil doesn’t just treat physical symptoms, but also mental health conditions. CBD has the ability to decrease stress and anxiety which is extremely beneficial to those who are suffering from PTSD, panic disorder, depression and even just general anxiety. Due to the sedating properties of CBD oil, it can also be used as an effective natural sleep aid.
Initial research indicates that CBD oil may have the ability to slow or even stop tumor growth in colon cancer and even leukemia. It may also be able to slow the spread of cervical cancer. It’s important to note that no human trials have yet been conducted so we cannot say for sure that CBD oil cures cancer. It is extremely promising, however!
Contains Anti-Seizure Properties
CBD oil can be quite helpful to patients that suffer from seizures as a result of epilepsy. One study conducted showed a 40% decrease in the number of seizures a patient experienced. There has also been some evidence to show that CBD oil can treat tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
A study was conducted on mice where one group was given CBD oil while the other group was not. 100% of the mice in the group that did not receive CBD oil tested positive for Diabetes while only 32% tested positive in the other group.
This list is far from exhaustive. There are many more benefits of CBD oil than just these five alone. We’re not saying it’s magic, we’re just saying it’s pretty darn close! If you suffer from any of the illnesses or symptoms mentioned above, you should consider CBD oil for yourself.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had access to a medication that could treat a multitude of symptoms without any major negative side effects? Oh wait… we do! More and more Americans are finally gaining access to at least some form of medical marijuana. Truly understanding the major health benefits of medical marijuana can help even more people gain access to this wonder drug.
Often times, diseases and illnesses produce extremely painful symptoms. Cannabis has proven to be an effective treatment for people suffering from migraines, arthritis, sclerosis, PMS, injury, etc… Cannabis also has the ability to prevent and/or decrease opiate addiction. This is due to the fact that cannabis and opiates share many of the same benefits. It’s important to note, that when compared to opiates, cannabis carries a significantly lower risk.
Studies have shown that cannabis has the unique ability to slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Cancer. Cannabidiol slows the spread of cancer cells by turning off specific genes that are involved in tumor growth. Cannabis is commonly used to stimulate the appetite of chemotherapy patients, as well. Cannabinoids have also been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by helping to remove excess plaque from the brain.
Cannabis significantly combats the symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, etc. It is a natural relaxant that can ease the symptoms of these disorders. As a result, smoking cannabis will boost mood, improve sleep and lessen the number of episodes that one may experience.
Marijuana treats symptoms of many different diseases. Cannabis can decrease pressure in the eye, hence relieving the symptoms of glaucoma. Medical marijuana has antispasmodic properties, which decrease symptoms of epilepsy, seizures and Parkinson’s diseases. As far as inflammatory bowel diseases go, cannabis can effectively treat several of the related symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Medical marijuana can also treat asthma by improving pulmonary function, over time.
Lastly, cannabis has the ability to calm a patient. Medical marijuana can effectively calm the symptoms of Tourette’s by slowing down the tics associated with the disease. It can also treat OCD by decreasing the obsessive neurological compulsions.
It is evident that marijuana is nothing short of a miracle drug. The major health benefits of medical marijuana are numerous. No medication to date has treated symptoms of such a vast array of diseases. Anyone who is suffering from any of the above illnesses should have access to medicinal marijuana.
If you’re a Florida resident in need of relief, schedule your evaluation today! You can call us at (786) 224-4005, schedule online or visit one of our 12 Florida locations. We look forward to speaking with you.
As of 2018, 30 US states and DC have legalized medical marijuana in some way, even while it remains against federal law. Only a handful of these states (Florida being the most recent) including DC, have legalized smoking medical marijuana.
It’s a huge win for the states that have already legalized medical marijuana. It has the ability to treat and heal so many different illnesses and symptoms. However, we must ask the question, “Why is smoking medical marijuana still taboo, when every other way of using it is perfectly acceptable?”
How Consuming Medical Marijuana Edibles Affects You
In order to feel the effects of eating medical marijuana edibles, you’ll have to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. This is because it takes time for the cannabinoids to be metabolized by the liver. The liver converts the cannabinoids into a metabolite that easily crosses the blood-brain barrier. This results in a much more intense high.
It’s much more common to overdo it when eating edibles when compared to smoking. Many first time users will only wait a few minutes, not feel anything, and then eat another serving or two. As a result, the delayed effects will come on much stronger than anticipated. It’s extremely important to wait the recommended amount of time.
There are many people that claim eating edibles is much safer than smoking. There are pros and cons to each, however, when consuming edibles regularly, you may want to choose healthier food options. Many times edible medical marijuana comes in the form of cookies, brownies or candy. Obviously, consuming foods like this on a regular basis could be bad for your health. You could try adding cannabutter (cannabis infused butter) or cannabis infused coconut oil to salad dressing, coffee, hummus or any other healthy option. It doesn’t always have to be in “sweets”.
How Smoking Medical Marijuana Affects You
By smoking, you are giving the cannabinoids a direct pathway to your brain. You will feel the results almost immediately, making overdoing it much less likely. Usually the effects of smoking medical marijuana will subside within an hour or so.
Questions have been raised as to whether or not smoking marijuana is safe, or healthy. Many state and federal lawmakers that are against the legalization of medical marijuana argue that smoking should remain illegal because it “may be dangerous”. Inhaling smoke of any kind comes with the risk of irritating or inflaming the respiratory tract. It’s important to note that no medical treatment is without risks.
The biggest issue with legalizing smoking medical marijuana is that it can be difficult to standardize and/or administer doses, properly. To date, there has not been extensive research, however, cannabis does offer some anticarcinogenic effects which may counteract any potential carcinogenic byproducts.
In summary, the United states is heading in the right direction. Every person in need of relief should have access to this incredible drug. Any medication that you take is going to come along with side effects. Medical marijuana has so many benefits to offer with even less risk than most federally approved drugs (no matter which way you use it.)
Luckily for Floridians, we will soon have full access to medical marijuana. On June 5th, 2018 the smoking ban was officially lifted. Flower is coming to Marijuana Doctor!
Are you a Florida resident in need of relief? Call Marijuana Doctor today, at (786) 224-4005 to schedule your free consultation with one of our highly qualified physicians. You can also book online or stop into one of our 12 Florida locations.