What to Know about Medical Marijuana as You Get Older

Getting old is easy, but living well as you age is challenging. Certain health issues tend to go hand-in-hand with aging. Pain, depression, and sleep problems are fairly common. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to resign yourself to simply live with those issues. Using medical marijuana is one potential solution.

How Older Adults Use Marijuana

There are multiple ways to use medical marijuana. Some people find they prefer the immediate relief that comes from smoking or vaping the cannabis flower. Others prefer the more controlled application that cannabis and CBD topicals offer. Those with chronic health concerns may find that edibles and under-the-tongue tinctures extend the benefits. 

Cannabis tea or THC-infused drinks are other options, but those are best left alone until you know your ideal dose of THC and are confident in your ability to portion it correctly. Otherwise, you could easily end up overconsuming THC.

Why You Might Benefit

Old age brings all kinds of health issues, from joint pain to dementia. Research suggests that medical marijuana can help reduce swelling in the joints and tissue thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It may also alter the perception of pain, which can offer relief from chronic pain. 

Those who struggle to sleep well may find that medical marijuana helps them fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Many reports that medical marijuana helps improve their mood, which suggests good things for the elderly who experience anxiety and depression.

Things to Be Aware Of

Medical marijuana can be highly beneficial for some. It’s not for everyone, though. As with any other medication, you should always talk to your doctor before starting a new drug. Medical marijuana could interact with your current medications, which could be a major problem. Medical marijuana may not be appropriate for those with a heart condition since it could raise your heart rate and raise (or even lower) your blood pressure to unhealthy levels. Consuming medical marijuana could impact your cognitive function and prevent you from driving safely, as well as negatively impact your balance. Those with a history of substance abuse or mental disorders should also carefully consider whether or not medical marijuana is an appropriate solution.

Getting started with medical marijuana isn’t the easiest thing to do. There are so many different products and ways to use them. That can make your first trip into a medical marijuana dispensary overwhelming and intimidating. Start your journey to using medical marijuana by learning about your options and don’t be afraid to ask questions. After all, helping you get what you need is exactly what your local dispensary employees are there for.

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