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Why more seniors are turning to marijuana to treat their health issues

As the war on the cannabis plant finally begins to wind down it turns out that many older people have already forgotten about Nancy Reagan’s infamous “Just Say No” rhetoric, as recent studies show that many adults over the age of 55 are turning to the humble marijuana plant to fix what ails them, and in the process they are freeing up room in their medicine cabinets for more useful things like mouthwash and condoms (yep, weed’s good for the libido too). 

A recent segment on CBS Sunday Morning reported how baby boomers are increasingly turning to medical marijuana to combat many common age-related conditions, including insomnia, pain, Alzheimer’s Disease and more.

Recent polling confirms that more and more Americans age 55 and older are using marijuana. Many baby boomers are, of course, no stranger to marijuana, having smoked copious amounts of it during the 60’s and 70’s.

24 U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and four states (Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Colorado) plus our nation’s capital have legalized marijuana for anyone over 21 and regulate it much in the same way alcohol is regulated. Marijuana, for reasons more and more people are failing to understand, is still considered a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who initially opposed legislation that made his state the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use, told CBS that he now sees how it can work for those over 65.

“For seniors that want to, kind of, relax and don’t want to use alcohol, this is a choice maybe that they will embrace more than others,” Hickenlooper said.

Here is the CBS News segment:

5 Comments

  • Candy says:

    I’ve read so much about cannabis and how much it helps so many people from young children to the elderly! Has anyone taken it for early stages of Parkinson’s and has it helped them? Looking for more information please. Thank you kindly!

    • CME Admin says:

      Cannabis and cannabis oil are fantastic for Parkinson’s. The earlier after diagnosis the better, as it tends to be pretty good at slowing down the progression of Parkinson’s.

  • Elizabeth Price says:

    My husband has Dementia stage 5 and soon be 80. Is there anything to help him?

  • Michael says:

    I have neuropathy in both of my feet and 1/4 of the way up my legs, they are numb, burn and fill dried out beond belief, the pain never stops. I have tried all the medications the doctors gave me and they just make me fill crazy and off in lala land. I can not do my job taking those drugs.I need to know if anyone has had any pain relief from CBD with less than 5% thc in it? I am looking into it before I try and get a medical card. My state just added neuropathy to the medical marijuana law, but I don’t wont to go through the red tape to apply until I see if other people have seen any help.

    Thanks for you help!

  • Karen N. says:

    I have been taking the cannabis oils and vaping for about 3 months now. I have MS and have had terrible spasms with sleep issues for years. I am now free from spasms, sleep well and feel better in general. It is hard to explain “feel better”. It’s just that I am more motivated to do things, less sad about my diagnosis and more willing to do my exercise. Up until my diagnosis, I was an endurance athelete, traveled all over and owned and maintained 2 businesses. That was 7 years ago. I am 74 years old, love my “new” or renewed life and am only mad because i had to wait so long to get the help I needed.

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