5 Reasons Cannabis is Perfect for the Over 45 Crowd

Anyone who has reached and surpassed their forties know that it’s often the decade in which you start feeling your age: bones hurt a little more, diseases and medical conditions start to crop up, and you’re being urged by your doctor to use preventative medicine.

Could cannabis be the natural antidote to aging? Here are five reasons cannabis is perfect for the over 45 crowd.

1. Reduces dependence on prescription pain meds

We are in the midst of an opioid pandemic, where people are being prescribed powerful medications such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and other addictive drugs to treat pain for conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and other medical ailments. In Canada in 2016, 2,458 Canadians died from opioids, indicating that opioids are a problem for the country. Medical doctors, such as one doctor at the Essex County Medical Centre in Windsor is urging doctors to prescribe pot over pills, recognizing that cannabis holds many of the same properties that doctors are looking to provide through a pill bottle.

Not only does Cannabis reduce dependence on prescription meds, it is safer from a long-term side effect perspective, it is a suitable replacement from a pain relief perspective, and is rarely physically addictive. In fact, research suggests that only 9% of users may become dependent on it. The pharmaceutical approach to health care has to be addressed, and cannabis can be a perfect natural alternative.

 

2. Improves mood

While high doses of THC have been known to cause anxiety in some users, low-dose THC, with high CBD content strains are highly lauded for their ability to elevate mood and make people more sociable. Trends show that as people age, they become more prone to depression, and regular healthy doses of CBD-rich cannabis can help counteract this.

 

3. Keeps your brain young

There is some pretty neat research going on right now examining the role of cannabinoids in reversing the aging process in the brain through experimentation with mice at the University of Bonn in Germany. It was reported that aged mice who were given doses of THC along with young mice, performed tasks associated with the experiment significantly better than the young THC-dosed brain. There is also some evidence in laboratory settings to show that cannabis may have some benefits on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

4. Improves Sleep

Insomnia is a nagging condition for many of us as we age, especially those of us who suffer from chronic pain, PTSD, depression, anxiety, or stress. And it’s not just seniors who struggle to sleep through the night – there are many of us that struggle to stay asleep after waking up in the middle of the night.

Using cannabis for sleep has been proven effective in certain circumstances. It’s important to understand the differences between the strains and products you are using, as indica products will generally be more suitable sleep aids.

 

5. Reduces tremors and seizures

Close-up of granddaughter supporting her senior grandpa

People are coming out in droves in support of the way cannabis can treat tremor or seizure related diseases. One Vancouver man who suffered from continuous tremors from Parkinson’s Disease was given a dose of CBD oil mixed with THC and since then he never looked back, reducing the tremors so much that he can now eat his meals peacefully and drive his car without the interruption of Parkinson’s related tremors.

The cannabis industry is recognizing that there is great potential to serve the over 45 crowd who present with different needs and require new ways of engagement. The key is understanding what products are right for you. Remember cannabis is not just about smoking and there are many convenient and appropriate consumption methodswell suited for you.

Contact a patient care representative at Natural Care Group to find out if medical cannabis is right for you.