Medical Marijuana and Seniors




 We understand many senior citizens believe marijuana is a drug and not a medicine. There are many misconceptions about medical marijuana, especially among senior citizens. It is our goal, through this page and throughout this site is simple: we want to educate seniors on Medical Marijuana and improve their quality of life. Below are a few fact about Medical Marijuana and the Senior community.


Seniors Are The Fastest Growing Group Of Medical Marijuana Users In America


Seniors account for only 14 percent of the nation's population, but they use more than 30 percent of all prescription drugs including some highly-addictive painkillers. So Medical Marijuana is fast becoming a pill alternative. Marijuana use is up 53 percent with the 55-and-over community.

A report prepared by the World Health Organization states, "There are no recorded cases of overdose fatalities attributed to cannabis, and the estimated lethal dose for humans extrapolated from animal studies is so high that it cannot be achieved." The most common side effects of marijuana use include coughing, wheezing and bronchitis if marijuana is smoked. These side effects are easily remedied by the use of a vaporizer or by eating foods prepared with marijuana. Individuals with certain psychological conditions, cardiovascular problems or with a history of lung dysfunction may experience more adverse side effects and should consult a physician before using medical marijuana.


Marijuana is Safer


Most seniors take prescription drugs at least once a day and often many kinds. The "side effects" of marijuana are minimal in contrast with the reactions of numerous physician prescribed drugs and no individual has ever died from a marijuana overdose. A continuous 30-year study found that a man weighing 140 pounds would need to go through more than 4 pounds of marijuana in one sitting to achieve lethal levels, but still would not be a deadly. The anti-oxidants of marijuana can eliminate many disorder including liver irritation from Hepatitis C, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, and numerous different genuine restorative conditions that all include aggravation and oxidative harm.


It Is Not Just Smoked!


One common misconception among aging adults is that they have to smoke marijuana to gain the medicinal benefits. Medical Marijuana comes in many forms, including liquid extracts, oils for the control of seizures, infused honey, candies, baked goods, creams and lotions, powders for teas, vaporizers and many others. Medical Marijuana can be added to just about any regular recipe in the form of marijuana infused butters or oils.


Medical Marijuana Reduces The Use of Prescription Drugs


There are so many elderly who are taking prescription medications with the resulting side effects such as nausea, seizures, and emotional problems. Some senior citizens are being overmedicated due to their physicians prescribing them additional drugs to help with the side effects of their initial prescriptions. But now, doctors, advocates, and the elderly themselves have discovered the wonders of cannabis and what it can do. They are no longer feeling sick and tired and have realized that they can get by with fewer medications or with no narcotics use at all.


Making a Case For Medical Marijuana and Seniors


They don’t have to stop taking their normal medications if they don’t want to: the medical marijuana will only be a supplement, not a replacement. Cannabis is not a physically addictive substance, so there is no need for concern about physical withdrawal. Certain medications can be hard on the kidneys, liver, and other organs.  THC, the “active ingredient” in marijuana, does not have many dangerous interactions with foods, chemicals, or other medications.  No overdose deaths have even been attributed to marijuana.
To sum it all up, cannabis (marijuana) has so many useful benefits for mankind. It seems so unfair that the elderly and sick that are in nursing homes and hospitals, are being prohibited from using cannabis to relieve their ailments and suffering. This is due to fear. Fear of facilities losing federal funds, fear of judgment and stigma of allowing cannabis use among the elderly, and on the federal level with it being illegal. According to worldwide research, there are indications that further experimental opportunities should be more available with targeted populations including the terminally ill, those with chronic or intractable conditions, and the elderly.