Medical cannabis use among seniors has skyrocketed. In the 55-and-over bracket, consumption is at an all-time high. To be sure, some older people still hold on to the stigma created around the plant: In statewide surveys the age group most opposed to legalization consistently is the oldest. But more and more are coming over to the green side. With medical cannabis now legal in 24 states and D.C., four also restoring free adult choice, people are advocating for the flower with a whole new fervor.
Substituting all-natural cannabis as an alternative to toxic drugs allows patients to reduce or even entirely eliminate their use of harmful and addictive pain medications. It should be difficult to think of something wrong with that, unless you’re Big Pharma or entirely devoid of compassion.
But half the state legislatures in this country still want to deprive these patients of their natural medicine. They must have access only to the toxic painkilling drugs like opioids, which make them feel bad — or worse, lead to addiction. For taking a safer medication, suffering people are demonized and harassed, many of them military veterans with PTSI, or post-traumatic stress injury.
A new generation of health and happiness
We live in an era of rapid evolution, and the cannabis market is profoundly changing the game. Offering to the public easier methods of using cannabis products has made it an herb that can be added to many a daily routine. Because smoking it has been by far the most common method, many have never even considered any other way. But time has proven that ingesting cannabis can be incredibly beneficial.
A CBS News video titled The Rise in Marijuana Use Among Seniors is stirring the pot in a major way and bringing some interesting points to the fight for legal cannabis use across America. Sue Taylor is one of the advocates featured, and this 68-year-old spitfire makes cannabis part of her daily routine. She is health-conscious, works out regularly, and lives for the word “homemade”.
There are countless benefits to incorporating cannabis into your diet. Sue uses it for pain, insomnia, and to balance her blood lipids. Of the countless reefer recipes available online, she prefers gummies, one of the most popular recipes at MagicalButter.com. You can easily create them with the Botanical Extractor, and add your own unique flavor and style to the recipe.
Cannabis-infused edibles are an ideal delivery method for those who don’t want to smoke, or who just want to enjoy a delicious, medicinal treat.
New health benefits are discovered daily, and the list of ailments eased by cannabis is a long one. Here’s a ridiculously short list:
- Bipolar disorder
- Crohn’s (inspired the invention of original MB machine)
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- IBD (irritable bowel disease)
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Inflammation (root cause of nearly all systemic disease)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- Opioid abuse
- PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome)
- PTSI (post-traumatic stress injury)
- Seizure disorders
- Skin eruptions
- Ulcerative colitis
…to name just a few.
Sue Taylor was once the principal of a Catholic school. She would never have considered trying cannabis if her son hadn’t encouraged her to do more research. She resides in California and is able to obtain the natural herbal medication with a prescription, just like any other medicine recommended by a health professional.
The CBS News piece turns the spotlight on cannabis consumption by seniors, and how rapidly the rate is increasing. Could this be part of the solution to the nationwide epidemic of painkiller addiction? Sue delivers some serious knowledge in this interview about cannabis and how it can help older people with a variety of health issues.
“Number one is arthritis. There are tinctures and rubs that you could actually put on your legs, on your knees, across your back, wherever you’re having any arthritic pain. Most seniors use the cannabis for pain and to sleep. Seniors don’t want to get high; they want to get well. And the cannabis helps.”
The evidence of the overall health benefits of cannabis is undeniable. In particular, a decrease in the use of highly addictive pain medication among the elderly has to be one the best ones yet. Depriving patients of a safe, effective medication — driving them to the cruelly overpriced black market to escape painkillers — is hurting people who are already hurting. Again, some of them served in the armed forces. They most definitely deserve better “treatment”.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper commented on cannabis use for the older generation.
“For seniors who want to, kind of, relax and don’t want to use alcohol, this is a choice maybe that they will embrace more than others. The perception against legalizing marijuana [was]…historically…seniors were probably the most adamant against it. And if more are using it, then that probably is going to change. And probably it won’t just be in Colorado. It will probably change across the country.”
Welcome to a new freedom of choice
Americans 65 and older make up 14 percent of the nation’s population. But they use more than 30 percent of all prescription drugs, including addictive pain pills.
Igor Grant is a well-respected professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California in San Diego. He is an advocate for research and knows the benefits of cannabis in pain management.
“First of all, there is increasing evidence that cannabis is helpful in the management of certain kinds of pain,” Dr. Grant said. “An interesting question is, If people are prescribed cannabis, does that have, then, an opioid-sparing effect? Because for chronic pain we do use opioids, Vicodin and drugs like this.” He believes cannabis can replace the use of opioids for those who choose this form of treatment.
In a world where addiction is on the rampage, cannabis can be the cure, and its benefits are limitless. With legalization on the forefront of the nation’s mind, it’s only a matter of time before all citizens are granted access to the wonder plant that is literally changing lives.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Garyn Angel is an inventor, entrepreneur, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com, which manufactures the appliance he invented for converting cannabis to edible form. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees” — veterans and children who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.