Medical marijuana goes mainstream as seniors look to relieve chronic pain
(Natural News) Marijuana is stepping in where prescription pharmaceuticals have been unsuccessful, particularly among members of the 55-and-up crowd, who appear to be ditching pills in favor of the controversial herb. An article in TheGlobeandMail.com explored the use of medical marijuana among senior citizens. The report found that marijuana use is becoming increasingly common particularly in Canada. The article noted that while some seniors are reacquainting themselves with cannabis after years of recreational use in the psychedelic ’60s, still more are first-time users who have turned to the herb for relief from chronic pain, arthritis, and other medical conditions.
Among those first-time users is Hope Bobowski, who told TheGlobeandMail.com that she takes cannabidiol (CBD) oil every day for her back pain caused by osteoarthritis. Because CBD is the non-psychoactive component in cannabis, it serves a purely medicinal purpose, and those who take it do not get “high”. Bobowski shared in the article that she saw CBD oil as a natural alternative to the codeine-spiked narcotic analgesics and opiod pain medications prescribed by her doctor.
It is no surprise then that the popularity of cannabis among seniors has been — and continues to be — on the rise. In May 2016, CBSNews.com reported a rise in marijuana use among seniors saying that the number of adults taking cannabis jumped from 2.8 million to 3.4 million within a year.
Marijuana has been found to have many medicinal uses, both for common afflictions, as well as more serious health conditions — many of which are common among the elderly
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