Originally posted at Cloud City Supply's website: Why Cannabis For Seniors Is A Growing Geriatric Trend
Did you know senior citizens are the fastest-growing age group in cannabis consumers? A 2018 study by the University of Michigan revealed a concerning shortage between geriatric psychiatrists and seniors in need of help navigating their mental health in their final stages of life. Coincidentally, cannabis has proven useful in helping to close the gap.
Why more seniors are turning to cannabis
As we age many shifts occur. Our bodies become frailer, our metabolism slows down, we develop medical problems that require daily treatment, and our brains shrink due to chronic inflammation. Consequently, these changes can bring on a set of physiological conditions often referred to as the “nuisances of aging” like insomnia, physical pain, dementia, depression, and existential anxiety. In a recent episode of the CNN series Chasing Life hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, we learn how medical professionals are endorsing the medical and recreational use of cannabis for seniors impacted by these conditions.
Although the sale and use of cannabis still hang in legal limbo and therefore lack general safety guidelines across the board, more and more geriatric doctors are encouraging their patients to experiment with cannabis when they don’t respond well to pharmaceuticals. However, the challenge is that because data and research are still unfolding, consumers must assume responsibility for their own personal safety. Doctors advise patients wanting to experiment with medical cannabis for pain management, reducing inflammation, improving sleep quality, appetite stimulation, or soothing anxiety to consider their current mobility and how the compound might interact with other medications they are taking.
What to know about cannabis for the senior well-being
The best approach is to find a reputable dispensary with trustworthy budtenders who can make personalized recommendations on what types of products to try and how to start low and go slow with dosage. Medical cannabis is most ideal for end-of-...Read More