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How Older Adults are Using Medical Marijuana to Improve Their Quality of Life

It’s not uncommon to experience more joint and back pain as you get older. What does change is the methods that are available to people for treating that pain. Nowadays, unlike in decades past, people have access to medical marijuana which can be used to treat a variety of medical ailments.

There’s no group of citizens that has taken advantage of the benefits of medical marijuana more than seniors. According to a recent study, the amount of adults 65 years of age or older who’ve used marijuana increased by 75% from 2015 to 2018. Given the impact that medical marijuana can have on many of the health problems seniors face, there’s no evidence of that trend reversing anytime soon.

While this is welcome news for many seniors who haven’t had success finding the relief they crave, there are still many who are on the fence about relying on a natural treatment method.

Some details about why medical marijuana can be especially effective for seniors include:

Medical Marijuana Helps Treat Chronic Pain Caused by Inflammation

Chronic pain caused by inflammation can make completing even the most mundane tasks a challenge. Dealing with conditions like arthritis that cause constant chronic pain due to inflammation can be highly frustrating to manage on a daily basis for multiple reasons. Some medications seniors use to treat chronic pain come with side effects that are equally difficult to manage, and lots of people have mixed results using over-the-counter medications altogether. Constantly dealing with chronic pain caused by inflammation without an effective solution can lead to a dramatic decrease in overall quality of life.

Fortunately for people who suffer from chronic pain, medical marijuana provides a promising opportunity for relief. When it comes to medical marijuana, studies show that 9 in 10 seniors who use medical marijuana to treat their pain would refer it to a friend or relative. It probably isn’t a stretch to assume that the same can’t be said for Aspirin or Tylenol.

One of the best medical marijuana strains for treating chronic pain caused by inflammation is Gelato, which can be found at Rise Dispensaries throughout the State of Ohio.

Medical Marijuana Can Preserve Neurological Health and Treat Neurological Conditions

Even though old stereotypes around cannabis have hammered home ideas about how cannabis is bad for brain health, those ideas couldn’t be further from the reality. Research shows that small doses of THC have demonstrated an ability to slow down the growth of proteins linked to the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Aside from helping to slow the growth of proteins that contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, medical marijuana can also help alleviate numerous symptoms people suffering from Alzheimer's disease deal with on a daily basis. Those symptoms that cannabis can alleviate include insomnia, anxiety, depression and aggression.

Along with Alzheimer’s Disease, medical marijuana is also effective in helping to alleviate symptoms associated with treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Since there’s no cure for the disease, people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease are often prescribed a combination of medications that can have adverse effects on patients.

Medical marijuana can help patients battling Parkinson’s disease offset side effects that come with their treatments like nausea, vomiting and uncontrolled movements. Research has also shown that medical marijuana could be effective in improving the motor skills of people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease.

Talking to Older Relatives About Treating Conditions With Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana can be an especially touchy subject when broaching the topic with older adults. There are a myriad of reasons why that’s the case, but at the end of the day, people each have their own objections. Unfortunately, people’s objections towards medical marijuana could lead to missing out on much needed medical relief.

Convincing older loved ones to try overcoming their medical ailments using medical marijuana can seem like less of an uphill battle after explaining that they can receive all of the benefits of medical marijuana without the feeling of being “stoned” or intoxicated.

The world of medical marijuana is likely much more robust than parents, grandparents, great aunts and uncles give credit for. Upon entering an Ohio medical marijuana dispensary for the first time, patients are able to choose from a wide range of products extending far beyond bud and concentrates.

The product selection that Ohio medical marijuana patients have access to includes a wide variety of CBD topicals and tinctures that treat pain without leaving patients feeling under-the-influence. Obtaining a medical marijuana card is all it takes to begin experiencing the relief medical marijuana can provide.

Ohio Marijuana Card Has Improved the Quality of Life of Thousands of Seniors - Get Yours Today!

While being unfamiliar with cannabis is an understandable reason for not treating medical conditions using medical marijuana, there are resources available that can help educate seniors on its benefits. Our representatives are available six days a week at (866)457-5559, and they are ready to answer all your questions pertaining to the medical marijuana program in Ohio.

Once the friendly and knowledgeable experts at Ohio Marijuana card answer your questions, it’s time to book a consultation with a medical marijuana physician. Both in-person appointments and telemedicine appointments are available. Same-day appointments are available, too.

To find out if medical marijuana can help improve the quality of life for you or the senior in your life, make an appointment with an Ohio medical marijuana physician online today.


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Here at Ohio Marijuana Card, our goal is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at (866) 457-5559, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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