CANNABIS FOR SENIORS – THINGS TO KNOW AND TO DO
For decades, pot was considered an evil, illegal drug that turned users into hippies and zoned out drug addicts. But, this is no longer the case.
Because of activists and changing legislation, the negative stigmas surrounding cannabis are being disproven. And, they’re being replaced with scientific evidence that proves the health and wellness benefits of the herb.
The problem is, much of this news hasn’t reached the ears of the golden generation. And, the irony? Their age group may benefit most from this natural herb.
Take the story of Fulla Nayak, for example. This lovely lady lived to be 125 years old. She credited her longevity to her daily consumption of palm leaf wine and cannabis. And, what’s more? She was quite healthy, her only complaint being weakened eyesight, until the day she passed away.
Want to know more about the symbiotic relationship between the silver generation and cannabis? Check out the following five facts:
#1: Cannabis is safer than a number of prescription medications
With age comes wisdom but, there are other things that come with it as well. For instance, it’s common to take at least one prescription drug on a daily basis. And, what’s more? These drugs tend to come with several unpleasant side effects.
Medical cannabis, on the hand, can provide relief for several issues like chronic pain, stress, anxiety, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), lupus, and Hepatitis C. And, that’s not all. Its side effects (extreme feelings of relaxation, a big appetite, dry mouth etc.) are much more pleasant than the nausea, headaches, and other issues that often come with prescription drugs.
#2: Cannabis comes in a wide variety of types or strains
Some cannabis growers are dedicated to creating new hybrids. As a result, different cannabis strains have their own traits and effects. For instance, there are strains that help with focus and energy levels and there are others that are better for chronic pain or getting a good night’s sleep.
And, if you are completely uninterested in feelings of euphoria, there’s something for you as well. Don’t believe it? There are actually a number of cannabis strains that offer many of the healthful benefits but with only a mild psychoactive effect. These specific pot strains are high in CBD, instead of THC like the more popular varieties. CBD, or cannabidiol, is great for pain relief, inflammation, muscle spasms, anxiety, etc. and it doesn’t get you high.
#3: You don’t have to smoke cannabis
If you are wary of cannabis smoke, never fear, you don’t have to roll up a joint to experience the benefits of pot. Many dispensaries offer liquor extracts, infused edibles, and more for you to choose from.
Edibles, in particular, are a great alternative. Not only are they discreet, edibles produce a longer lasting effect than toking. In fact, there are some edibles that can provide up to 10 hours of relief.
Also, it will take a while for your edibles to kick in. So, it’s best, to begin with, a small portion and gradually increase your dosage. For instance, if you are in possession of a cannabis-infused chocolate, start off with one square instead of gobbling the entire thing down.
#4: Cannabis doesn’t make you stupid
Due to the portrayal of smokers on TV and the big screen, many believe that cannabis messes with the brain. But the truth is, there are no studies that show that cannabis destroys brain cells. In fact, studies with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients show that cannabis actually encourages the growth of new neural pathways. In other words, it may actually help brain function and might even stop the further degeneration of the brain.
#5: More seniors are embracing cannabis use than ever before
Although the stereotype of a cannabis user is a lazy teenager munching on snacks, the fastest growing demographic is actually senior citizens and baby boomers. In fact, there’s even a New York Times article that discusses a Bronx, New York nursing home that lets its residents use cannabis.
As more studies are being done and individuals are educated about its use, the stigma surrounding cannabis is going away. This is great news for seniors who can benefit from its use in a variety of ways. So, what are you waiting for? Make the leap today and see for yourself.