“Most older adults in the sample initiated [their] cannabis use after the age of 60 years and used it primarily for medical purposes to treat pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety, and/or depression.”
“In this sample of individuals with neuropathic pain, no significant differences were found in cognitive performance between non-MC [medical cannabis] licensed and licensed patients.”
The increase in seniors’ self-reported use of cannabis coincides with rising public support for marijuana legalization among older Americans.
Cannabis therapy is safe and effective among elderly patients diagnosed with chronic pain, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. “After six months of treatment, 93.7 percent of the respondents reported improvement in their condition,” researchers reported.
An excellent and thoughtful analysis appears today via Alternet.org. Below is an excerpt. To read…