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Medical cannabis therapy is slowly becoming a mainstream treatment alternative to over-medication; and improper treatment with conventional methods, that have severe consequences on quality of life and side effects that can seriously harm the elderly.
As a society, our seniors are suffering. The health problems associated with aging — everything from joint pain and arthritis to depression and more serious illnesses like cancer—are typically treated with opiates and other pharmaceutical medications that numb, rather than fix, the problem…
This is especially tragic since Cannabis Therapy has been clinically proven to be a safe plant medicine that can successfully mitigate — and sometimes cure — many of these health problems.
"We found medical cannabis treatment significantly relieves pain and improves quality of life for seniors with minimal side effects reported."
APPLIED MEDICAL CANNABIS IN SENIOR HEALTH
Balance through Cannabis
Our growing understanding of just how important this system is in Homeostasis and Preventative Care, has lead many Americans to take another look at whether cannabis therapy is right for them and a growing number of retirees are also factoring in the legalization of pot when choosing where to spend their golden years.
Modulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS) holds therapeutic promise in a wide range of disparate diseases and pathological conditions - ranging from - anxiety disorders, movement disorders; such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, neuropathic pain, MS, spinal cord injury, TBI, stroke, hypertension, and even osteoporosis, to name just a few...
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For many boomers; most of whom are revisiting this college habit in retirement... marijuana was mostly about youthful experimentation. Now, Medical Cannabis gives marijuana new meaning for some older adults. The use of the U.S.'s most popular illicit drug is growing among retirees as this massive generation of baby boomers (who came of age in the 1960s and '70s) grow older.
Science has shown that marijuana and cannabinoids are effective anti-aging agents; which means that they are effective in minimizing the onset and the severity of age-related illnesses & cognitive dysfunction...
Cannabis use staves off inflammation, delays the onset of autoimmune diseases, inhibits the formation of Alzheimer’s disease and can help treat or even cure some types of cancer...
I believe everyone can benefit from ‘vitamin weed’, or daily cannabis oil use. Cannabis is the key to unlocking preventative medicine. . I think everyone should use cannabis oil, you should learn about it, you shouldn’t be afraid.” - Dr. Ross is a former drug researcher turned medical marijuana advocate
The most common medical benefit that seniors seek is - the management of anxiety and stress, which any medical professional will agree helps to prevent disease and improve health — a major concern of anyone over 40.
Marijuana could also be helpful for adults with poor appetite and nausea who are at risk for unwanted weight loss and malnutrition.
Cannabis and cannabinoids represent a promising treatment which can reduce inflammation and positively modulate bone maintenance (repair) and growth. It has already been demonstrated that cannabinoids can effectively treat some types of arthritic pain, but recent evidence suggests that the cannabinoids are also important for bone growth and maintenance throughout life.
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Cannabis has long been known to reduce pain, and it has even shown to be more effective than the leading prescription treatments on the market in clinical trials. “Three puffs a day of cannabis, better known as marijuana, helps people with chronic nerve pain due to injury or surgery feel less pain and sleep better.” - According to an article on WebMD
The well-documented analgesic properties of cannabis, makes it useful in treating pain; both on its own and as an adjunct therapy that substantially enhances the efficacy of opioid painkillers.
California researchers found that giving to people with difficult-to-treat, extremely painful neuropathic pain, their their ...
"My mother has Raynaud’s Syndrome, a vascular disease that strikes her digits when the weather gets colder. She suffered from pain, cracked finger tips and nails, and small blisters. After 5 days of use, all her ailments were resolved and she was and is able to play golf and bridge in the winter."
Marijuana isn't exactly known as a cognitive enhancer but a new review suggests that the active ingredients in marijuana hold promise for preventing— or even reversing— brain aging and possibly Alzheimer's and other degenerative brain diseases. The latest review, published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, suggests that may , the energy source that powers cells, ultimately leading to a more robustly functioning brain.
As the brain gets older, it becomes more susceptible to degenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Although different areas of the brain are affected, what underlies both conditions is the progressive death of brain cells. While a number of therapies can be prescribed, . However, marijuana pathways, known as the A preclinical study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that very small doses of the cannabinoid THC; found in Cannabis, can slow the production of beta-amyloid proteins. These proteins are thought to be a hallmark characteristic and key contributor to the progression of Alzheimer’s. This new fact creates a compelling argument for the use of medical cannabis therapy to alleviate and mediate the symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s, allowing patients to live happier and more functional lives. - | Cannabis Strains That Help With Alzheimer's
Given the highly favorable safety profile of whole-plant cannabis, whole-plant cannabis medicine may be a safe and useful additional therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s disease who are finding it difficult to manage certain symptoms treated or side effects caused by standard therapies.
27 million Americans have osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. This condition, also known as degenerative joint disease, causes breakdown of joint cartilage resulting in pain and inflammation where bare joints rub together. A further 1.3 million Americans are living with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that causes severe pain. In addition, 300,000 children in America have juvenile arthritis. While most doctors do not recommend use of medical marijuana for young children, adults and older teens can treat their arthritis with medicinal marijuana.
In a 2005 study, THC and cannabidiol were found to produce notable improvements in pain, quality of sleep, and to reduce disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Both these compounds are among the cannabinoids naturally occurring in medical cannabis aka marijuana. Medicinal use of cannabis through salves and creams may be a better delivery method for the same potent analgesics and anti-inflammatories as achieved through smoking, vaporizing, or eating "special" or "medicated" food stuffs.
Cannabis Strains That Help With Arthritis of any type can be an extremely painful and debilitating condition that presents challenges for pain management. The use of cannabis as a treatment for musculoskeletal pain in western medicine dates to the 1700s. Evidence from recent research suggests that Arthritis Today | published an article last year on new research which suggests that cannabis can ease arthritis-related pain, inflammation and more. While the doctors quoted in the article cautioned that more research is necessary, many were enthusiastic about the possibility. - |
“Considering the relevance of preclinical data, the need for finding treatments for motor symptoms that may be alternative to classic dopamine replacement therapy and the lack of efficient neuroprotective strategies in Parkinson’s”…
“We believe it is of major interest to develop further studies that allow the promising expectations generated for these molecules (cannabinoids) to progress from the present preclinical evidence towards a real clinical application.”
From: Cannabinoids and Parkinson’s disease /CNS & Neuro. Disorders Drug Targets/Dec 2009
By combining homeopathic knowledge & scientific discovery, we open up an infinite world of possibilities and choices of natural treatment options to improve the quality of life of every patient.
Choose Your Delivery Mechanism*
When it comes to cannabis consumption, the second-most important consideration, after the flower itself, is the delivery method. For those of you who dislike smoking or find that they experience excessive coughing, you'll be happy to know that you now have more options than ever... All cannabis based products generally fall into 3 categories... those you can inhale, those you can ingest (eat) and those you can apply.
Safety of Use
Cannabis medicine can be non-psychoactive and doesn’t have to be smoked. It’s generally safer and more effective than synthetic pharmaceutical drugs, especially for the elderly — and is often much cheaper.— it can be inhaled as a light vapor, eaten, swallowed in a capsule, administered sublingually as a tincture, or applied to the skin in a cream.
Israeli Studies have found Medical Cannabis Therapy to be safe and efficacious for elderly patients who are seeking to address cancer symptoms, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other medical issues. - After monitoring patients 65 and older for six months, more than 18% of patients surveyed had stopped using opioid analgesics or had reduced their dosage.
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