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Could medical marijuana help older people?

Medical marijuana may bring relief to older people who have symptoms like pain, sleep disorders or anxiety due to chronic conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, spinal cord damage and multiple sclerosis, according to a preliminary study released this week.

The study not only found medical marijuana may be safe and effective, it also found that one-third of participants reduced their use of opioids.

However, the study was retrospective and relied on participants reporting whether they experienced symptom relief, so it is possible that the placebo effect may have played a role.

“Medical marijuana has become a popular treatment option among people with chronic diseases and disorders, yet there is limited research, especially in older people,” said study author Dr Laszlo Mechtler.

“Our findings are promising and can help fuel further research into medical marijuana as an additional option for this group of people who often have chronic conditions.”

Would you consider medical marijuana to treat your health ailments?


Well it surely will not be as bad as the Big Pharma opioids they hand out freely -- I am sure handled in the right way it can be a very helpful medication and it does help Parkinson's

PlanB...The illegal stuff can be spiked and cut down with all sorts of bad things. The legal stuff is Big Pharma. No, I wouldn't try it. A friend had some in Europe. Doctors prescribe it liberally there.

BTW Big Pharma drugs do save lives. It has a bad name because so many prescription junkies abuse the system. 

Some people will get addicted to anything.

Dunno if medical marijuana actually works but hey any good reason to get high 

The medical stuff does not make you high -- and who would want to be  "high" you need to be free of pain or other disabilities thats all

Well it’s no for me then

Think I’ll stick to Vicodin

Lothario...They remove the chemical that gets you high. That's why it's called medicinal.

Has it helped a lot of young people?

My girlfriends say it has . Sex is great after a few tokes. 

Munchausen by Internet.

He also suffers from senseless ramblings syndrome, LOL

This push is highly dangerous and is yet another example of the baying mob over science and common sense.

The whole of the article above is if, but and maybe.

Contrast the $100’s of millions and complex Stage 1,2 &3 trials required to prove a new pharmaceutical and to ensure an absence of side effects.

No way that I, for one, would ingest an entirely unproven drug such as this - and more fool anyone who does.

Problem is, when it goes wrong, the mob will scream and shout for compensation - aided and abetted by ambulance chasing lawyers.

Not a Bludger...Doctors use it all over Europe and it's legal in America. Australia has always been backward. 

The tests and trials have already been done overseas. It's not legal here yet because the crooks still want to make money from the illegal stuff.

The medical stuff has been legal in Australia for several months now and the initial completely overwhelming amount of paperwork for GPs has been simplified so that many of them are now prepared to give to certain patients. It does help children with certain conditions including epilepsy and it does help some patients who suffer from nausea or sleeplessness.  And it can help to reduce pain for some people.  There is no one size fits all.

The main drawback is the cost which can vary between $400 and $800 per month.






I would definately give it a go anything natural has to be better than drugs. However unil they change the driving rules & let people drive while on medical cannabis I won't be taking it. I need my licence to keep me sane.

Cannabis has been around for thousands of years I have read since 3000 BC  -- used the right way it has proved to do GOOD it is cheap to grow and can also be used for rope/material/and so clothes  -- 

That's right. Egyptians fed it to the slaves so they'd have enough get up and go to build the pyramids.

From what I've read, the difference between hemp (used for building, rope, fabric, etc) and cannabis (used to get high, etc) is the chemical content of distinct strains of the plant.

Hemp can be refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.

Although cannabis as a drug and industrial hemp both derive from the species Cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, they are distinct strains with unique phytochemical compositions and uses. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol, which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects.


To add to what you say Reagan..

Ancient Egyptians had used the medicinal properties of cannabis even beyond what modern medical science has been able to do so far. The Ebers Papyrus written roughly around 1550 BC and is one of the oldest finished medical textbooks to have been found so far.. mentions a number of formulas which make use of hemp to alleviate pain and inflammation caused by various diseases and injuries. Apparently, women in particular used marijuana as a way to waive off depression and other psychological problems in the early days.

The oldest medicinal use of the herb may date back even further, to 2000 BC, when it might have been used to treat glaucoma, cataracts, haemorrhoids, and even cancer. It might not have been a cure but from all accounts, helped relieve symptoms. Today medical science is only beginning to see the value in cannabis oil. Some claim it can help those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. some believe regular doses help stave off Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is not psychoactive; it doesn’t get people high. The primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But THC is only one of the scores of chemicals, known as cannabinoids, produced by the cannabis plant.

Would I use it? Thank goodness I don't have any health ailments at the moment that would warrant my using it..however..if my luck changed and that was the only thing available..I would certainly give it a go.


What does Sophie mean by Munchausens by Internet?  I feel very ignorant!

Why are you posting such hateful stuff Sophie 

i don’t understand why anyone would be so vicious against a fellow poster on this site no matter how strongly you may disagree with my views 

I hope you find peace in your life . Namaste 

You should stop having those joints, 

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I would be willing to try it for pain -- but am not interested in the one that gets you high but try as you might it is like asking for the world -- I wrote to the so-called    "health minister"   Greg Hunt -- some time ago and this useless p**** of a man just answered me with such a load of evading BS and as Maggie said in post above -- it is VERY expensive -- and unaffordable to me in any case --