Yo, what’s good my senior citizens? I’m here to tell you about something that the mainstream media has been trying to keep hush-hush for years: cannabis is actually good for you! That’s right, you heard me. Don’t believe all the negative propaganda that’s been floating around for decades. Medicinal weed has many benefits, especially for those of us who are getting up there in age. Let me break it down for you.
First off, let’s talk about how cannabis is safer than those prescription meds taken on the daily. The side effects of weed are nothing compared to those of the most commonly prescribed drugs. Plus, did you know that not a single person has died from a THC overdose? You heard me right – zero deaths. Compare that to the thousands of deaths each year from prescription drug overdoses. Cannabis contains powerful antioxidants that can help with a wide range of illnesses that seniors face, such as liver inflammation due to Hepatitis C, IBS, lupus, and other serious conditions that involve oxidative and inflammation damage. So why not give it a try?
Another thing that’s been holding a lot of seniors back from trying medicinal cannabis is the fear of addiction. But let me tell you – that’s all just misinformation from back in the day. People can use cannabis on a daily basis and still be able to stop when they want to. And unlike smoking tobacco or drinking, there are no adverse withdrawal symptoms when you abruptly stop using cannabis.
Now, I know some of you out there may be thinking, “But won’t using weed make me feel too high?” Not if you choose the right strain! There are different strains of cannabis, each with its own benefits and effects. You’ll have strains that can help with chronic pain, strains to keep you energized and focused, and strains to help with sleep disorders like insomnia. And believe it or not, there are numerous strains on the market that offer the combined benefits of CBD, terpenes, and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, but without THC. So if you don’t want to get high, you don’t have to!
And here’s another thing: you don’t have to smoke it to gain the medicinal benefits. There are a variety of ways to ingest cannabis, from edible baked goods to all manner of extracts. One of the most popular methods of intake among seniors is in the form of an oil or tincture, which allows for quick absorption by dropping liquid beneath the tongue. This way, there is no smoking necessary. Edibles are another good way to incorporate the benefits of cannabis while masking the taste.
But wait – there’s more! There is a growing market of medicated creams infused with cannabis that are great for providing relief from muscle pain, back pain, and sore joints. They’re very effective and they smell nice. And don’t worry – they don’t get you high, so it’s completely safe to use throughout the day.
Now some of you may be worried about using weed because of how it affects your brain. But let me tell you – there is no conclusive study that shows cannabis can cause brain damage by killing brain cells. In fact, there are studies where Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients were helped by cannabis. The substance is said to encourage the growth of new neural pathways, thereby allowing those with impaired brain function to halt further brain degeneration and support proper brain function.
And lastly – for all my seniors out there who struggle with loss of appetite and extreme weight loss – cannabis can actually help stimulate your appetite! A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds a connection between cannabis use and body weight, showing that rates of obesity are lower by a third in people who smoke cannabis at least three times a week compared to those who don’t use cannabis at all.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t let the negative stigma around cannabis hold you back from taking advantage of its many healthful properties. Seniors are now the fastest-growing population of new medicinal cannabis users, and there’s no other reason for this surge than the fact that cannabis has been working for them. The negative stigma that’s always been associated with cannabis has now been replaced by science. However, more studies are still being done on cannabis to explore its full potential.
The bottomline? Cannabis is a natural remedy that is being invoked for treating a growing list of ailments. As such, seniors and their family members should not be quick to shut down cannabis when used for medicinal purposes. So do yourself a favor – give weed a try!