Many seniors are reluctant to try marijuana, even for medical reasons. All their lives they’ve been told that marijuana is bad, very bad. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Every day there is new scientific evidence suggesting that marijuana has many health benefits.
Here are a few (true) facts that every senior citizen should know about marijuana:
Marijuana is Safe
Marijuana is safer than most prescription medications. Prescription drugs are a common daily occurrence in the lives of many senior citizens, and they carry with them some terrible side effects. Marijuana, however, has been shown to have very few and very mild side effects.
Marijuana is Not Addictive
Contrary to what the government would have us believe, marijuana is not addictive. A common misconception about marijuana among seniors is that if they start using it they won’t be able to quit. The truth is that people can stop using marijuana at any time and the effects would be similar to that of someone quitting drinking coffee or sugar.
Marijuana Can Replace Prescription Drugs
Marijuana can reduce and even replace many prescription medications. A lot of seniors complain that the first pill they take every day causes side effects like drowsiness or nausea. While this pill might be imperative to their health they are then told to take an additional pill to combat the first pill’s side effects.
There are Different Kinds of Marijuana
There are many different kinds (strains) of marijuana. If one particular strain doesn’t suit someone’s needs, there is bound to be another one that will. Many seniors like the idea of the medicinal properties of marijuana, but not the actual “high” caused by THC strains. In circumstances like these, there are CBD dominant strains which alleviate inflammation, acute pain, and even seizures without producing the “high” effects.
You Don’t Have to Smoke It
You don’t have to smoke marijuana to use it. A lot of seniors think that smoking marijuana is their only option, when in reality there are many ways to consume marijuana: from vaporizing to eating edibles to applying lotions. Creams that you can apply directly to the skin have been shown to help with sore joints and muscle pain, even arthritis. There are multiple options.
Marijuana Does Not Kill Brain Cells
Marijuana does not lower your IQ. There is no evidence or documentation that shows marijuana lowers your intelligence or kills brain cells. In fact, some studies have shown that using marijuana improves brain function. Recent scientific studies reveal that marijuana helps fight against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Marijuana Stimulates the Metabolism
Marijuana increases your appetite. When ill, senior citizens don’t have much of an appetite and in turn lose a lot of weight. Marijuana has been shown to get rid of the nausea that causes this loss of appetite. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, studies have shown that people who smoke marijuana every week are more likely to lose weight because of the metabolic boost it provides.
In conclusion, thanks to new scientific research, there are fewer stigmas attached to marijuana use than there once was. Senior citizens are becoming the fastest growing demographic of medical marijuana users in the U.S. And the reason is simple: marijuana is a truly amazing medicine.