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?