According to the United States Census Bureau, as of 2015 almost 15% of the population is over 65 years old1 – and growing. And most noteworthy here at Happy Joe is that senior citizen cannabis use is at an all-time high.
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There are over 12.4 veterans aged 65 and older.2
Education and Information about Senior Citizen Cannabis Use
What many of these seniors have in common is a lack of education and information regarding senior citizen cannabis use.
Aches and pains, illnesses, problems sleeping, depression, and mental health problems often increase as aging progresses. Seniors are an age group that astoundingly definitely benefit from using cannabis products.
10 Important things Senior Citizens should know about using Medical Marijuana
You don’t have to get high to get results from cannabis.
Many senior citizens are tired of getting prescription drugs that leave them loopy. They find it hard to even do their day to day activities. Using medical cannabis doesn’t have to mean getting stoned.
Cultivators are continuously developing more strains that have a higher CBD level (instead of a high THC level). These strains have an insignificant psychoactive effect and therefore are very attractive for users wanting medical help without the high.
There are creams and ointments infused with cannabis that help with neuropathy and arthritis discomfort and pain.
An estimated 49.7% of adults 65 years or older reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis from 2010-2012.3
Seniors that are suffering from stiff joints and having problems walking upstairs, opening jars, and general chronic pain from arthritis find relief with cannabis creams and ointments. You can simply rub on the cream, give it time to penetrate, and begin to have less inflammation and pain.
Sore muscles? Cannabis infused balms have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect on sore muscles when used. Transdermal patches are another way of administration that is growing in popularity.
You don’t have to know how to roll a joint or break out the bong.
As noted above there are creams, ointments, and balms that work effectively. But there are also other methods for senior citizen cannabis use. Many seniors think that the only way to use medical marijuana is to smoke it in some way, shape, or form. Many seniors have opened up about using cannabis when they realized there are other options.
For the cooks and bakers in the house, cannabutter is a great way to cook with cannabis – and realize its benefits. There are also infused honeys, brownies, and candies made with cannabis.
If edibles aren’t your thing, there are still other choices.
- Cannabis oils
Marijuana is safer than many prescription drugs.
If you are like many senior citizens, prescription drugs are part of your daily regimen. In fact, substance abuse among senior citizens is rather alarming. These prescription drugs can cause a variety of issues like: loss of balance, depression, confusion, and cognitive problems.
Although some prescriptions are necessary, many seniors are finding they can lessen or eliminate certain prescription drugs from their life.
The cannabis stigma is lessening.
With some forms of cannabis legal in many states now, the stigma of using it is not as severe as it once was. Since seniors are the fastest growing demographic of new cannabis users, it’s easy to understand why the stigma is lessening.
There is no reason to hide, be ashamed, or embarrassed. In fact, you’ll be helping others if you spread the word about the benefits of medical marijuana.
Senior citizen cannabis use is growing and younger people are no longer the primary users. Let us know in the comments below if you are a senior finding relief with cannabis or know of how it is helping a senior citizen.
- https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00 retrieved July 28, 2016
- http://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-elderly.asp retrieved July 28, 2016
- http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/arthritis-related-stats.htm retrieved July 28, 2016