Our bodies demand more care as we age. By the year 2030, one estimate suggests that the number of seniors with some ailment will be double the current number. This equates to 15 million senior citizens. The forecast prompted the search of ways in which cannabis can help improve the lives of the elderly.
The good thing is that cannabis is still considered as a newcomer in the medical field, so it has a lot of untapped potential. It is not a wonder to see more research on the effects of marijuana and its impact on the elderly in the future. Discussed below are five ways marijuana benefits seniors.
- Marijuana Improves Quality of Life
Most of our body organs begin to fail as we get older, which is the most significant source of pain and discomfort in seniors. More so, the probability of the elderly experiencing inflammation, high blood pressure, mental and bone issues is very high. Studies show that the best way of getting relief from these ailments is by using marijuana.
America is facing a severe crisis of Opioid-related deaths; therefore, the U.S should come up with a plan of regulating medical marijuana to patients as this will diminish use of opioid drugs. Contrary to the famous belief that opioids affect the younger generation, a survey carried out in 2018 shows that more than 2.8 million seniors abused prescription drugs. Seniors consuming opioids have high chances of falling; thus, ending up in nursing homes. The risks can be reduced by giving them an appropriate dosage of cannabis instead of letting them rely on opioids.
- Fosters a Sense of Community
Seniors are prone to loneliness which is the primary cause of depression, diseases, and sometimes death. Marijuana consumption enhances the mind, and this could help the seniors by improving their creativity and social skills. It also enables them to go into relaxation mode.
- It is Natural
Marijuana medicines are made from the natural components of marijuana, such as CBD. CBD helps treat patients gently and carefully. The marijuana plant has multiple uses and can be consumed through several methods such as baking cookies, applying oils on the body, vaping, or smoking. It helps in managing a wide range of diseases and managing symptoms of conditions such as epilepsy and autism.
- Does not Cause a High
Being a little high is not bad for the mind; however, it is not a must for the seniors to get high to get relief. Experts have come up with medical marijuana rich in the nonpsychoactive compound of marijuana known as Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD does not give the high effect of weed, so seniors can benefit from marijuana without being high.
Experts believe that it such huge benefits to this important demographic that urge marijuana industry players like Willow Biosciences Inc. (CSE: WLLW) and Youngevity International Inc. (NASDAQ: YGYI) to keep searching for better ways to formulate products for different segments of the population.
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