You probably cannot imagine your Grandma smoking weed, can you?
Well, weed isn’t just for the youth, but the once youthful. Studies upon studies show that medicinal cannabis has tons of benefits that are actually good for Senior Citizens.
Cannabis For Pain
Pain is a common complaint among the elderly. Sometimes, it doesn’t really have an underlying cause but is simply due to nerve damage and inflammation secondary to old age. Nevertheless, we cannot just take it for granted, so we manage the pain, usually with ointments, liniments, and over-the-counter pain relievers. The problem is, these pain relievers, when used over a long-term period, can damage the organs.
Medicinal cannabis contains cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), both of which come into play to reduce pain. Various research studies on cannabis use have been done to support this claim, and they look very promising, as many respondents reported a huge relief from pain, decreased migraine episodes, a marked reduction in the use of opioids and an improved quality of life.
Cannabis for Seizures and Anxiety Attacks
The weed’s CBD appears to calm seizures and reduce anxiety attacks, as well, if given in the right amount. According to some, marijuana has even helped with seizure control.
Studies also show that cannabis helps promote lung health. As it is, smoking marijuana is not the same thing as smoking tobacco. While the latter causes a decrease in lung function, the former seems to do just the opposite.
Cannabis for Glaucoma
Cannabis appears to have a short term effect on lowering intraocular pressure (IOP) and while this does not necessarily mean it can treat glaucoma, such a finding will encourage the conduct of more studies to finally come out with an effective treatment for glaucoma.
Cannabis for Cancer
There, too, are studies pointing to cannabis as a possible anti-cancer drug because of its ability to keep cancer cells from spreading. The CBD and THC in medicinal cannabis have been found to shrink the cancer cells, but aside from that, cannabis is loaded with antioxidants which we know to be crucial in cellular health.
Cannabis in the Management of Alzheimer’s Disease
Studies on cannabis and its effect on Alzheimer’s Disease are encouraging, as well. The THC component appears to delay the formation of amyloid plaques that are responsible in brain cell death associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Cannabis and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, while common among the elderly and causing a lot of pain and discomfort. Cannabis has great potential in the management of inflammatory bowel diseases because the cannabinoids in cannabis help make the intestines less permeable, so bacteria cannot easily set in to cause inflammatory activities.
There are numerous other benefits of medicinal cannabis, particularly for people in their golden years, so as legalization becomes widespread, don’t be surprised when you find your grandma smoking weed in her rocking chair.
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