How Cannabis Can Benefit Seniors

Medical Marijuana benefits many people around the states, but did you know that cannabis can benefit seniors? Yes, and it's quite popular.

Cecilia Sivertson of Nana’s Secret, LLC began making Nana’s sodas as these cannabis infused drinks offered a more natural and healthy means for her to treat her epilepsy. She was unaware of the long-term health problems of prescription drugs until it was too late. She hopes that her story and sodas can help others avoid the health problems she is experiencing by educating people about the medical benefits of cannabis. As Siverston notes, “Nana’s sodas are changing minds one soda at a time.”

Siverston’s experience points to the increase of cannabis use among seniors, who represent the fastest growing demographic of cannabis users in the United States. According to CBS News,
from 2013 and 2014, the number of people 55-and-older using cannabis increased from 2.8 million to 4.3 million. This rise is also noted in the Journal of Addiction, which reported in their December 5, 2016 issue a 250% increase in cannabis use among adults over 65.

Following are some specific ways that medical cannabis can benefit seniors.

Cannabis Helps With Age-Related Illnesses

As people age, there’s a decrease in bone density and muscle tissue due to changes in the body’s endocannabinoid system that regulates the body’s metabolic processes, thus keeping the body in balance. Cannabis interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the body. Early research indicating that cannabis may help with a range of conditions impacting seniors including depression, arthritis, glaucoma, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Cannabis infused ointments help treat arthritis and chronic pain

Creams and lotions infused with cannabis can helping treat joint, muscle, and back pain. Also, these topicals do not produce a high. Hence, unlike some prescription medications that can impair one’s motor skills, seniors can use them throughout the day without any adverse effects.

Cannabis Can Help Increase Seniors’ Appetites

Cannabis has proven to be effective in reducing nausea, as well as helping to stimulate appetite. This can help seniors suffering from weight loss due to a loss of appetite.

Cannabis Can Be Consumed in Different Ways

A common misconception among seniors is that they have to smoke cannabis in order to gain any medicinal benefits. However, cannabis can be administered via pills, topicals, cannabis-infused food and beverages, and tinctures. In addition, raw cannabis can be juiced which provides the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects provided by cannabis plants without any psychoactive effects. Thus, seniors can find a method of consuming cannabis that works for their particular needs and preferences.

Cannabis is Safer than Pharmaceutical Drugs

In the case of drugs such as opioids, cannabis has been shown to accentuate the effect of this drug. By combining cannabis with opioids, patients can take decrease their use of opioids, thus reducing the possibilities for opioid abuse. Along those lines, unlike opioids and a host of other prescription drugs, cannabis does not produce serious side effects. Also, cannabis users do not become addicted to cannabis unlike over reliance on drugs such as opioids. To date, no one has died from a cannabis overdose.

Cannabis Has Cognitive Benefits

Some users report that cannabis can help increase their creativity and heighten their imagination. These benefits can help seniors remain connected and engaged with the world instead of falling into loneliness and isolation. Also, as cannabis can help with insomnia, seniors can wake up more alert and refresh after having had a good night’s sleep.

Cannabis Helps Fight Depression

Even seniors with no history of mental illness often experience depression as they age due to a variety of circumstances including decreased mobility, loss of loved ones, and an increased awareness of one’s own mortality. With depression comes a loss of motivation, a sense of seclusion and a decline in one’s physical health. Cannabis has been shown to enhance one’s mood, which in turn loften leads to an improvement in one’s health and a desire to socialize with others.

For More Information

This post on the NORML website offers a listing of 11 surprising things about marijuana that seniors need to know. Also, those looking for more in-depth information on how cannabis can benefit seniors can check out this online class from Green Flower Media titled “Cannabis For Seniors: Reducing Pharmaceuticals & Improving Quality Of Life.”

Comments for How Cannabis Can Benefit Seniors



Cannabis and Creativity: Can Weed Affect Your Inner Artist?

A great number of cannabis users frequently report that cannabis and creativity go hand-in-hand. But why does weed affect our creativity?

New to Cannabis? Read this First.

New to Cannabis? Before you go out and start buying weed, check out our short guide on how to get more greens in your diet!

Cannabidiol – The Complete Guide To CBD

<p><strong>Cannabidiol, abbreviated and commonly referred to as CBD, is one of at least 113 other ca

The Health Benefits of Hemp Infused Beauty Products

Did you know how many health benefits hemp can provide? We do! And we want to share it with you so we all can enjoy the health benefits of hemp.

Yoga and Weed: Ways They Work Hand in Hand

Yoga and weed are a match in spiritual heaven simultaneously elevating the body and mind. Marijuana has a great deal of impact in meditation as well.

Drinking Weed Can Help Soothe These Ailments

Sipping on marijuana tea is a healthy way to yield extreme health benefits. Drinking weed can also help soothe these ailments.

Weed Edibles: The Definitive Guide to Edible Cannabis

Weed edibles account for an increasing segment of consumer cannabis consumption. We give you the definitive guide to how to consume weed edibles safely.

The CARERS Act Makes a Comeback in Congress

The CARERS Act is the only hope medical marijuana has for legality. Thankfully, the new Congressional session may be putting it into effect.

5 Strains to Take With You on Your Last Camping Trip of the Summer

Summer is almost over, but there's still plenty of time to squeeze in one last camping trip before it gets cold. Be sure you're bringing the right strains!

Why Marijuana Sales Continue to Increase in Colorado

As cannabis is becoming legal and more accessible marijuana sales keeps increasing in Colorado, We wanted to explore this more.

Is Microdosing Marijuana the New Xanax?

Microdosing, the act of consuming low levels of cannabis throughout the day, is becoming a popular option as opposed to prescription drugs.

Older Women and Medical Marijuana: A New Growth Industry

Older women and medical marijuana are becoming more popular as seniors are using cannabis for pain relief. This is what they say about the industry.

Kids and Cannabis: How to talk to your Kids about Cannabis

Have you talked to your kids about cannabis? It can be really tough. We have some tips and tricks on how to make the talk a little bit easier.

6 Tips for Keeping your Cannabis Fresh

What do you know about keeping your cannabis fresh? Here's some tips on how to store your cannabis to ensure maximum freshness.

Cannabis Grow Guide for Dummies – How to grow pot

As marijuana is becoming legal in more and more states both medically and recreationally, people are asking themselves how to grow pot? We got the answer.

Connect with Society Kush

Get some dope in your inbox. Sign up for our Newsletter!