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Keys to Medical Cannabis : For Seniors

Today’s seniors grew up in a time where “marijuana” was of the devil and legalization of medical cannabis is opening their eyes to the possibilities of trying the formerly frowned upon medicine.  Sawasdee Clinic would like to educate and for patient to be aware of – these 10 important things.

1. Cannabis is a safe medications

The powerful medicinal effects of cannabis can provide relief for many disorders including liver inflammation from Hepatitis C, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other serious medical conditions that all involve inflammation and oxidative damage. Seniors who take prescription drugs are looking for options. There are zero recorded case of fatality from cannabis.

2. Cannabis is not physically addictive

New-to-cannabis patients fear that if they start using cannabis they’ll become addicted to this “drug” as portrayed in some media, but is completely false.  Discontinuing the use of cannabis has much the same response as quitting the consumption of coffee. Many people who seek welcome and effective respite from chronic pain, anxiety, and stress use cannabis as a daily treatment.

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3. Cannabis can  possibly reduce many prescription medications

A major complaint of seniors regarding their daily medications is that the first pill often causes side effects that the second one is supposed to “fix.”  Cannabis’ healing properties target various conditions such as inflamed joints, high blood pressure, chronic pain, digestive disorders, constipation, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, cognitive awareness, and more.

4. There are many different types of cannabis

Each plant has its own personality and effects. There are strains that are very helpful for chronic pain relief some strains can make one feel very focused and energized, while others can be relaxing and help with a good night’s sleep.  You should talk with a medical professional who knows cannabis to determine which strains might be best for your individual conditions.

5. Cannabis without “the high”

“If I could get the medical benefit from the plant without the high, I’d consider it.” say many seniors willing to have the conversation.  CBD, or cannabidiol, a major chemical in Cannabis is tremendous for inflammation, eases pain, stimulates bone growth, suppresses muscular spasms, reduces anxiety, and increases mental focus.

6. There are ways to use cannabis other than smoking it

One common misconception among seniors our clinic has encourtner is that must smoke cannabis to gain the medicinal benefits. Today’s market provides many from of extracts, tincture, edibles, pills, candies, and other products to choose from. Cannabis can be added to just about any regular recipe in the form of cannabis infused food or oils.

7. Cannabis-infused ointments can be very effective in alleviating arthritis and neuropathy pain

Quality topical are very popular for sore joints and muscles and back pain. They are very effective, smell nice and provide localized relief so you can feel comfortable using the products throughout the day.

8. Cannabis does not cause brain damage

Another common myth aging adults have heard about cannabis is that can lower intelligence or cause brain damage. There is no documentation that shows that cannabis either reduces or “kills brain cells.” Studies on research among Alzheimers and Parkinsons patients indicate that cannabis gradually encourages new neural pathways, allowing those with impaired brain function to potentially halt further degeneration and even encourage brain function.

9. Cannabis increase your appetite

A very real health risk among seniors is the loss of appetite, leading to weight loss. Cannabis has been extremely successful in alleviating nausea and as an appetite stimulant.

10. The stigma around medical cannabis use is fading

Seniors are the fastest growing population of medical cannabis patients.  Medical cannabis can be a valuable part of your treatment plan.  Be sure you talk with medical professionals who are well versed in cannabis medicine to ensure you have the education you need.

Telemedicine, online ordering, and home delivery — innovations spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic — have streamlined the process and encouraged more people than ever to explore whether cannabis might be a good health choice for them.

“Longevity, Naturally”

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