Seniors and Cannabis

Senior citizens are among one of the fastest growing demographics of cannabis consumers. In fact, according to Aging.com, from 2006 to 2013, cannabis use among seniors increased by 250 percent.

Cannabis can help reduce suffering from a variety of ailments. Seniors most commonly use cannabis to achieve effects like these:  

  • Insomnia Reduction- Many seniors, especially those in group living facilities, have difficulties sleeping. The National Sleep Foundation reports that those over 65 tend to wake up more often during the night compared to younger age groups. Cannabis has long been considered an outstanding treatment option for insomnia.

  • Pain Management - The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that seniors are prescribed more than one-third of all prescription drugs, despite only representing 15 percent of the population. Traditional pain relief treatment plans often include opioids, which can have exceptionally harmful side effects, including addiction. Many doctors have begun suggesting cannabis therapy to help manage pain, including the aches and pains that getting older can bring. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recently completed a study that concludes that cannabis an effective treatment for chronic pain.

  • Alzheimers Management - About 10 percent of seniors have Alzheimer’s Disease, a debilitating condition that attacks the brain. In 2014, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease offered research suggesting that THC slows the advancement of the disease. 

  • Appetite Augmentation- Many seniors experience a loss in appetite as they age. This can also be true for seniors going through other medical treatments, such as chemotherapy. More than just “getting the munchies,” cannabis has been shown to stimulate the endocannabinoid system to make food appear more desirable.

While cannabis has been proven to be an effective treatment for a variety of medical disorders, there are a few things to consider before pursuing cannabis treatment or becoming an adult use cannabis consumer. 

  • Talk to doctor - As with all health and wellness activities, it is important to talk to your doctor to make sure cannabis is right for you. To learn more about becoming a Garden Remedies medical patient or adult use cannabis consumer, click here.

  • Microdose - If you are unfamiliar with how cannabis will affect you, we strongly recommend beginning with a microdosing regimen. The Cannabis Advisors at Garden Remedies can help you understand appropriate dosing levels, and help you start “low and slow.”